Robe

Robe is an exciting, emerging wine region located on an unspoilt, rugged coastal landscape nestled between lakes and the Southern Ocean on South Australia’s Limestone Coast. It is situated between the townships of Robe and Beachport and is south of the Mount Benson wine region.

The historic seaside resort of Robe is a mixture of old-world charm and new-world hospitality, interspersed with stunning beaches and rugged cliffs, tranquil lakes and mountainous sand dunes.

Robe is famous for its crayfish and you can purchase the best catch from local outlets, or order it at local hotels and restaurants. Vineyard development began to flourish in the mid to late 1990s. The soils, aspect and protected maritime climate, along with the long and gentle growing season, are distinctive attributes leading to the production of powerful yet elegant wines.

37° 09'S
Latitude
50-150m
Altitude
271mm
Growing season rainfall

Cabernet Sauvignon

The wine has varietal aromas of blackberry, tobacco and mint. The palate has good structure and texture with sweet ripe fruit characters. This variety seems to be well suited to Robe's maritime climate. 

Chardonnay

Offers fragrant citrus and apple aromas with rich, elegant citrus and mineral flavours. Balanced natural acidity gives the wines finesse and structure. 

Sauvignon Blanc

The wine has punchy tropical and grassy aromas and these aromas are underpinned by a palate that is pure, crisp and flavoursome. 

Shiraz

Robe Shiraz is complex with intense raspberries, mulberries and black pepper aromas. The wines have rich elegant berry fruit and a succulent mid palate that is framed by fine tannins. Balanced acidity offering a long spicy finish. 

Top varieties grown in Robe
Climate
  • The climate is cool and strongly maritime, being influenced by the Southern Ocean to the west and lakes to the east. 
  • Winters can be cold and wet, but cool evening breezes are conducive to gentle ripening. 
  • The daily temperature range is smaller than for inland vineyards located to the east. 
  • The growing season is long, cool and dry and the Woakwine Range offers a degree of protection from the strong southerly winds generated from the Southern Ocean. 
Soil
  • Robe has a wide variety of soil types, ranging from terra rossa and sandy loam on the limestone ridges to calcareous sand on the coastal dunes and rendzinas on the coastal plains.