South Australian
Wine Regions

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Mclaren Vale Region

McLaren Vale has produced wine since 1838. With more than 180 years of experience, our region’s reputation is strongly established in South Australia’s and Australia’s winemaking origins.

Today, our region remains Phylloxera free and is known for innovative viticultural and winemaking techniques and an international reputation for producing the ‘trilogy’ of Australian reds: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Grenache.

Of our region’s 7,308 hectares of area under vine, 54% of our plantings are dedicated to Shiraz, however our region also excels in producing exceptional Mediterranean alternative red and white varieties including Fiano, Vermentino, Barbera, Montepulciano, Nero d’Avola and Tempranillo

Grenache

This variety has enjoyed a spirited renaissance during the last decade. The older plantings produce incredibly richly flavoured wines with juiciness. One would be hard pressed to find a variety more ideally suited to McLaren Vale and many old-vine vineyards still exist and are revered.

Chardonnay

Chardonnay established a dominance in white grape plantings with virtually every producer having a Chardonnay however in more recent years winemakers have shifted their focus to Spanish and Italian varieties better suited to the maritime climate.

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Coonawarra

Feature Variety – Cabernet Sauvignon

Coonawarra is nestled in the heart of the Limestone Coast of South Australia. Located approximately 380km south of Adelaide, 427km west of Melbourne, its a comfortable half-day drive from the two bustling capital cities.

The unique cigar-shaped strip of rich terra rossa soil that defines the region is a one-of-a-kind narrow ridge of earth, just 27 kilometres long and two clicks wide, is known for producing incomparable red wines – in particular, Cabernet Sauvignon.

The crown jewel Coonawarra is Cabernet Sauvignon – producing a densely coloured, richly flavoured wine that quickly develops a velvety texture. Coonawarra Cabernet is known the world over for its quality and its seductive style. A Hallmark of Cabernet Sauvignon The wines are full bodied and rich, often with a touch of dark chocolate intermixed with blackcurrant. The tannins are plentiful but soft, and the wines have structure for ageing.​

Best known variety is Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra also excels in the production of premium Shiraz and cool climate Riesling. Varieties such as Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot and Cabernet Franc are also very well suited climatically and provide wine lovers with yet another layer of discovery.

First vines planted in 1894 with the Coonawarra fruit colony.

Undervine today : 5700 Hectares approximately

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Clare

Nestled high in the Mount Lofty Ranges, at the gateway to the Flinders Ranges, the picturesque Clare Valley has a secret. In truth, the undisclosed is revealed quickly through understanding the region’s geology and climate. This terroir, a combination of surprising elevation and ancient sedimentary soils.

One of the finest wine growing region for fine table wine especially Clare Valley Riesling producing world class Riesling consistantly over may producers.

The Clare Valley is series of valleys and villages, an oasis of walking and bike trails and hills rising high above the surrounding agricultural plains. A place where farmers tend wheat in winter, vines in summer and livestock in between. Varying altitudes to 608m (Mt Horrocks) cause wide diurnal temperature variation from summer’s day to night – the secret to why these three varieties prosper in the Clare Valley.

This terroir, a combination of surprising elevation and ancient sedimentary soils, blesses the famous riesling grapes, but less known is the equally exceptional shiraz and cabernet sauvignon from the region. A unique viticultural trilogy.Since explorer John Horrocks planted Grenache in Penwortham in 1840 and the Jesuit Brothers founded Sevenhill Cellars for sacramental wine in 1851, the Clare Valley has unassumingly gone about its business. Its fine red and white wines varying from delicate and elegant to powerful and formidable.

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Barossa Valley

If you could only choose Australian wine region to truly showcase the history, evolution and revolution of Australian wine then you could do a lot worse than pick the Barossa Valley. There are sixth generation grape growing families in the region, custodians to Australia’s largest collection of old vines with blocks dating back to the 1840’s.

In recent years, traditional Barossa varieties like Shiraz, Grenache and Mataro have been joined by a new wave of Mediterranean varieties, suited to the region’s soils and climate. The region has also been invigorated by a new breed of winemakers who have challenged the status quo while still maintaining an inherent love and respect for the Barossa traditions and culture.

Barossa Valley - Climate

The region has a Meditarranean climate ideal for full-bodied red wines, excellent fortified wines and generally robust white wines.The climate ranges from warm on the valley floor to cool at the higher altitudes in the hills surrounding the Valley.The region has a large diurnal temperature range, high maximum temperatures, high sunshine days and low humidity and rainfall.

Barossa Valley - Soil

The complex system of valleys and twisting hills results in a variety of slopes, aspects and sites.

The soils vary widely, but fall in a family of relatively low-fertility clay loam through to more sandy soils, ranging through grey to brown to red.

As in so much of south-east Australia, acidity increases in the subsoils, restricting root growth and vigour.

ADELAIDE HILLS REGION

The Adelaide Hills is Australia’s most vibrant cool climate wine region. With over 90 wine labels and 50 cellar doors, it is acknowledged internationally for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.

The region is located in the Mount Lofty Ranges east of Adelaide, the capital city of South Australia. Stretching in a narrow band approximately 70km long, the highest vineyards are sited between 600-650 metres altitude in areas such as Crafers, Summertown, Piccadilly and Carey Gully.

The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. The region consists of two registered sub-regions, Lenswood and Piccadilly Valley.

Bordered by the Barossa Valley to the North and McLaren Vale and Langhorne Creek to the South, the Adelaide Hills is the cool climate jewel between our warmer lower lying cousins.

Importantly the Adelaide Hills is also the closest Wine Region to the CBD of Adelaide making it a favourite quick getaway, weekend long lunch or cellar door tour destination.

SOUTH AUSTRALIAN RIVERLAND

In the Riverland, grape growers and winemakers are encouraging new styles and making full flavoured wines that are popular the world over. Set within a panoramic backdrop of limestone cliffs, with their layers of colour and texture, the Riverland follows the twists and turns of the Murray as it rolls toward the Ocean. Riverland winemakers are encouraging style development and making full-flavoured, generous and approachable wines that are popular the world over. Climate The Riverland climate is Continental, resulting in long sunny days and noticeably cooler nights. Long sunshine hours ensure fruit ripens fully and low relative humidity results in little or no disease pressures. The soils of the Riverland vary significantly. The two main types are river valley soils, consisting of sandy loams over clay subsoils, and Mallee soils on higher ground, consisting of wind-blown sands over lime and clay layers. Soils within the river valley, comprising loams and clays, were formed when fine clay and silt particles were deposited over the flood plain by the River Murray. On higher ground, the Mallee landscape is characterized by depressions and rises and consists of windblown sands over lime and clay layers.​

 

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