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

Kangaroo Island is located off the coast of South Australia. The average summer temperature is 25°C (77°F), significantly cooler than that of Adelaide. Overall, the climate is temperate and devoid of extremes. 

The GI region is 4405 km2 in size and has a total of 144 hectares of vineyards. The main varieties grown in the region are Shiraz, Sauvignon Blanc, and Cabernet Sauvignon. 

144 ha
Total Vineyard Area
35° 83'S
Latitude
0-316m
Altitude
199mm
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. 

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