Cabernet is king in Coonawarra

Coonawarra’s agricultural history began in the mid-1800s when settlers recognised the potential of the flat, fertile plains for sheep farming and fruit growing. Enterprising Scottish settler John Riddoch planted Coonawarra’s first grapevines in 1891, thirty years after establishing a lucrative sheep farm at Penola. Thanks to the work of pioneering work of people like David Wynn and Bill Redman today Coonawarra is, perhaps alongside Margaret River, Australia’s most famous cool-climate region for Cabernet Sauvignon.

The grape varietal has found a home in the terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, producing rich, firmly structured red wines that are renowned around the world. But the region is by no means a one trick pony, producing a diverse range of varieties and styles. And the established winemaking families have been reinforced by a new generation of winemakers in recent years, continuing the tradition of elegant cool climate winemaking and bringing the region to a new audience.

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Coonawarra
Coonawarra
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4,957ha
Total vineyard area
51-127m
Altitude
37° 31'S
Latitude
260mm
Growing season rainfall
20.1C°c
Mean temperature (Jan)
Climate
  • Coonawarra experiences a maritime influence due to upwelling of cold ocean currents at certain times of the year
  • Cold winters and cool summer night temperatures
  • Consistent cloud cover contributes to temperature reduction
Soil
  • A flat region famous for its terra rossa soils
  • Thin iron-oxide based top soil over limestone

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