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The Way It Was: A History of the Early Days of the Margaret River Wine Industry

Peter Forrestal and Ray Jordan


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The Margaret River region of Australia’s south-west is internationally renowned for its award-winning wines. There are now more than 200 wineries, predominantly boutique style, in the region, producing more than 20% of Australia’s premium wine market. The Way It Was tells the story of the early days of the region’s wine industry, from the first plantings by Dr Tom Cullity in 1967 through an informative text and many illustrations. Ray Jordan and Peter Forrestal, peel back the layers of this fascinating story to reveal men and women who, fifty years ago, risked the lot to pursue wine excellence in the special soils of the Margaret River region. Meet: The scientist whose research led him to believe that the South West could produce wine gems; the politician who could see that a successful premium wine industry could put Western Australia on the map; and the clutch of men and women who battled nature and the unknown to establish wineries that are, half a century on, the toast of the country. 266 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm #0119/180322/190722 First Edition

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AuthorPeter Forrestal and Ray Jordan
Number of pages266 pages : illustrations (some colour), portraits ; 24 cm
PublisherMargaret River Press
Year Published2017
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