The Southern Flinders Ranges emerged as a wine growing region in the past two decades of the 20th century. The region is a natural north-western extension of the Clare Valley, with which it shares many geological factors. It has a climate that can be described as warm, with most vineyards requiring irrigation from underground sources.  The soil is fertile and quite suitable for viticulture. 

It's an exciting playground for outdoor adventures and at the end of an action-packed day, visitors will be tempted by the wine and food flavours in the region.  The Southern Flinders Ranges has been overwhelmingly a red wine area, with Shiraz being the main wine produced.

33° 22'S
Latitude
20-718m
Altitude
161mm
Growing season rainfall

Shiraz

These are full-coloured, robust reds with rich berry and liquorice aromas that bear some resemblance to those of the Clare Valley. The wines have good ageing potential. 

Top variety grown in Southern Flinders Ranges
Climate
  • Despite its northerly situation, the climate of the region can be described as warm and dry, rather than hot, being assisted in its relative mildness by its elevation and the maritime influences of the Spencer Gulf to the south-west and southerly winds from the Gulf of St Vincent. 
  • Most vineyards are irrigated from underground sources. 
Soil
  • The region rises from near sea level (20 metres) to 718 metres (the peak of Frypan Hill), though most of its vineyards are located between 40 and 500 metres (131 to 1640 feet) altitude. Indeed much of the region sits above 300 metres (874 feet). 
  • The soils, although varied, are quite deep and mostly limestone based, fertile and quite suitable for viticulture.