The Coonawarra

The Coonawarra Vineyards

Renowned for its rich, terra rossa soil, the Coonawarra is one of Australia's - and the world's - great wine regions.

A million years in the making this long, narrow, celebrated ridge of earth, is the oldest and most fertile of its kind in the Limestone Coast comprising of a surface layer of permeable clay like soil, rich in iron, silica and nutrients, upon ancient limestone bedrock. The soils are predominantly terra rossa – rich red-brown loam topsoil laid over a thin layer of calcrete, sitting on top of a base of the region’s abundance of white limestone. Combined with the cool maritime climate, the soils make for excellent wine making conditions. The abundance of terra rossa soil sets it apart from any other wine region in Australia.

Undoubtedly, Coonawarra produces Australia’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon. The concentrated fruit flavours cover the spectrum from blackcurrant to plum to red cherry to prunes, with a unique Coonawarra earthiness. The wines are renowned for their depth of fruit flavour, complexity, elegance, extraordinary length and their cellaring performance. As well as Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra is renowned for its stylish Shiraz and Merlot. Riesling and Chardonnay are the two predominant white varieties, with the region producing some of the nation’s finest examples of these styles.