© Nick Clayton 2005/SATC/Sumptuous Magazine
© Nick Clayton 2005/SATC/Sumptuous Magazine

Often described as Australia's answer to the Galapagos Islands, beautiful Kangaroo Island is a mix of stunning beaches, forests, desert dunes and farmland.  Kangaroo Island is also rapidly gaining a reputation for high-quality wine and food products, including honey, regional cheeses and yoghurts, native jams, fresh oysters, prawns, crayfish, whiting, snapper and marron - to complement the crisp and innovative wines. Overall, the climate is temperate and devoid of extremes. 

Site selection is important, with north and north-east facing sites preferred for viticulture, with protection from the prevailing south-easterly winds a major consideration.  The region's main wine style is a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon with Merlot.

5° 50'S
Latitude
30-180m
Altitude
280mm
Growing season rainfall
Climate
  • A wholly maritime climate prevails, with south-easterly winds blowing directly from the Southern Ocean and prevalent during the growing season, especially from December to March. 
  • The average summer temperature is 25°C (77°F), significantly cooler than that of Adelaide. The low growing season rainfall makes a small amount of irrigation desirable. 
  • High relative humidity of 64% means that the vineyards are susceptible to powdery mildew and Botrytis. Overall though, the climate is temperate and devoid of extremes, with a particularly even accumulation of heat.
Soil
  • Soils vary greatly from acid duplex to alkaline sands, loams and clays overlaying limestone. 
  • Some soils are similar to those of Padthaway and can sustain good yields if adequate water is supplied.