Western Australia has been producing wine since 1840. The state is home to nine vast and spectacular wine regions, each producing wines with a worldwide appeal. The most prevalent vines in the state are Shiraz, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Merlot, all of which prosper. Riesling is highly successful as well. The majority of the state's wine-producing areas are located in the south-west and great southern land divisions.