Hundreds of international travellers continue to play a crucial role in ensuring the Margaret River wine region produces another quality vintage this year.
Vinepower Margaret River director David Rankin has close to 300 working holiday-makers picking grapes at wineries across the region and said they were “essential” during vintage.
The visitors came from as far afield as France and Germany as well as Asian countries including Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong.
While some were doing the work as part of a three-month farm work stint to secure a second working holiday visa, Mr Rankin said many were coming down because they enjoyed the region.
“We have some that get off the plane and come straight to Margaret River, ” he said.Among the more interesting visitors, Mr Rankin said, was a bio-chemistry lecturer from Taiwan who had decided to take a year off and try something different.