South Australia Regions

Coonawarra

Coonawarra

One million years ago the Limestone Coast was part of the Southern Ocean. Coonawarra (Aboriginal for Honeysuckle) is at the centre of the Limestone Coast and is famous for its narrow strip of rich, red terra rossa soil sitting atop deep limestone. This stretch of soil, which is only 15km long by 1.5km wide, contributes significantly to the grape...

McLaren Vale

McLaren Vale

While the nearby Barossa Valley was established by German immigrants around 1837, it was the English who started the viticulture and winemaking industries in McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek. John Reynell produced South Australia’s first commercial vintage in 1844, using grapes grown in the southern vales. Great industry names such as...

Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley

The Barossa Valley is arguably Australia’s most famous wine region. It has a unique relationship with the grapevine that stretches back to the area’s early pioneers. The toiling of these mostly German and English migrants remains the foundation of many of the wineries. Wineries and brands such as Basedow, Yalumba, Gramp’s,...

Adelaide Hills

Adelaide Hills

At just a 25-minute drive from Adelaide, the beautiful Adelaide Hills is a popular day trip destination. Thanks to the elevation provided by Mount Lofty, this is primarily a cool climate region that’s particularly famous for its Sauvignon Blanc. The legendary Tim Knappstein was the first to plant vines at Lenswood, in the heart of the...

Clare Valley

Clare Valley

While the climate is described as hot, the Clare consistently produces styles usually associated with cooler climate regions. Labelled as the home of Australian Riesling, the region boasts a 25km track known as the Riesling Trail, which takes you through vineyards and small historic villages.

Eden Valley

Eden Valley

Neighbouring the Barossa, this is a rugged, hilly landscape that is an escape from the Adelaide heat in mid summer. The Eden Valley is a cooler grape-growing region enhanced by higher altitude and hilly landscapes. The cooler temperatures are reflected in the wines, which produce finer, more elegant, velvety flavours than the neighbouring...

Langhorne Creek

Langhorne Creek

The establishment of the Langhorne Creek area soon followed McLaren Vale in the 1850s. It’s now the third largest grape producing area in South Australia and vast tracts of land are currently planted to mainly red varieties, mostly supplying the large companies.

Currency Creek

Currency Creek

Wines have only been produced in Currency Creek for around 30 years and it wasn’t officially recognised until 2000. During this time this maritime influenced region has built a reputation for great examples of Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island

Kangaroo Island is Australia’s third largest island, with a length stretching 155km and a circumference of 400km. Often described as a ‘pristine wilderness’, it’s certainly clean and unspoilt, with some ideal sites for viticulture. The region wasn’t declared until 2001, but the first vines were planted as far back...

Mount Benson

Mount Benson

Mount Benson shares the terra rossa soils of the Limestone Coast with its neighbours Coonawarra, Padthaway and Wrattonbully. Its close proximity to the sea keeps the climate relatively cool which helps to produce fresh, aromatic whites and elegant yet full flavoured reds.

Padthaway

Padthaway

Padthaway is part of South Australia’s famous Limestone Coast, so it benefits from the terra rossa soils. However, unlike its neighbour, Coonawarra, it’s more famous for white wines and is famously known as ‘Chardonnay country’. That’s not to say that its reds aren’t worth a look as there are excellent...

Fleurieu

Fleurieu

Centred on the seaside resort of Victor Harbour, the Southern Fleurieu wine region is a popular tourist destination. This is a relatively new wine producing region but if the quality thus far is anything to go by, we’ll be seeing more great wines coming out of Southern Fleurieu.

Riverland

Riverland

Australia’s largest wine producing region, the Riverland, accounts for over one quarter of the nation’s grape crush, much of which is exported. This is not to say that quantity does not equate to quality however, as both big and boutique producers craft wines of critical acclaim.

Robe

Robe

South of Mount Benson and situated on the rugged coastline is Robe, another region that makes up the Limestone Coast. Declared in 2006, Robe is Australia’s newest wine region. The wines of Robe are generally powerful yet elegant and even though much of the fruit ends up in wines outside the region, the boutique producers of Robe are...

Southern Flinders Ranges

Southern Flinders Ranges

The Southern Flinders Ranges region is a neighbour to the better known Barossa and Clare Valleys. It has an extremely varied climate, with some areas dropping to zero in winter and others topping 40ºC in summer. The Southern Flinders Ranges is home to mostly small, family owned boutique producers and red varieties predominate.

Wrattonbully

Wrattonbully

Like the neighbouring regions of Coonawarrra, Padthaway and Mount Benson, Wrattonbully is part of the Limestone Coast so possesses the highly prized terra rossa soils. Much of the fruit produced in Wrattonbully is supplied in bulk to wineries in other regions. There are now, however, an increasing number of independent wineries setting up in...

Adelaide Plains

Adelaide Plains

The Adelaide Plains wine region was pioneered by Italian migrants who first started making wine for their own enjoyment. This influence can be seen today with the prevalence of varieties such as Pinot Grigio, Sangiovese and Moscato. Of the more mainstream varieties, it’s reds that thrive, with Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot the...

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