COONAWARRA - AUSTRALIA'S MOST RENOWNED WINE GROWING REGION

Coonawarra is renowned as one of the world’s finest wine regions with a reputation for producing some of Australia’s best red wines. The region is synonymous with its award winning Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz which has achieved worldwide acclaim and recognition for it’s highly sought after distinctive regional characters.

The combination of red Terra Rossa soils, limestone, a pure underground aquifer and a long cool ripening season make Coonawarra a perfect location for premium wine production.
The key lies in the famous Terra Rossa soil which sits over a ridge of ancient limestone covering an area of approximately 27km long and 2 km wide.
The name Coonawarra, comes from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘honeysuckle’.







GEOGRAPHICAL

Coonawarra is situated in South-East South Australia in an area known as the Limestone Coast. Situated only 60km from the
coast, Coonawarra is close to the South Australian & Victorian border with Adelaide (375km) and Melbourne (650km)
the closest major cities.


CLIMATE

Coonawarra is classified as a ‘cool climate’ region and due to its proximity to the coast a maritime climate, not too dissimilar to that of Bordeaux. Cool winds with the dry and moderately cool summers ripening most grape varieties to perfection. Periods of extensive cloud cover help to moderate the most important ripening period temperatures helping make the region unique as do the severe frosts which can be experienced during the spring.


TERRA ROSSA

The Terra Rossa of Coonawarra is Australia's most famous soil type. Being approximately 27km long and 2km wide, this select area of extraordinary and extremely valuable soil has achieved world-wide recognition for the exceptional wine it creates. Vivid red in colour, it is either friable sub plastic clay or a shallow friable loam derived from and lying on top of a bed of soft limestone.


GRAPE VARIETIES

In total there are currently approximately 5852 acres of vineyard in the Coonawarra region. Predominantly the Coonawarra region has become synonymous with its award winning Cabernet Sauvignon which has achieved world-wide acclaim and recognition. Shiraz from Coonawarra is also highly sought with distinctive regional characters being developed over the last 120 years of winemaking in the region.Also produced are parcels of Cabernet Franc, Petit Verdot, Pinot Noir, Malbec and Merlot as well as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling and Semillon.