In May 1801 two French ships, Naturaliste and Geographe, commanded by Nicholas Baudin, sailed into the Bay we now know as Geographe Bay. It was the beginning of a survey of the Australian coastline that lasted for two years. The expedition had twin missions — hydrographic survey to produce accurate charts for navigators, and scientific survey of Australia by naturalists, anthropologist, mineralogists and geographers.
Almost 200 years later in 1999, the Geographe region was officially recognised as one of Australia’s emerging wine areas. Today, there are more than 1200 hectares of vines planted, many dating back to the 1970′s, the region is now home to many of Western Australia’s most promising wine producers.