LIMESTONE COAST WINERY REGION
Located south-east of Adelaide’s metropolitan area, the Limestone Coast wine zone is made up of multiple wine regions, including Coonawarra, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Robe, Padthaway and Wrattonbully.
A small number of wineries are also located outside of the above regions. As each region has varying climatic conditions, they each produce an array of different varieties. Coonawarra is by far the most famous of the regions, nationally and internationally renowned for the cabernet sauvignon produced on its highly notable terroir.
Coonawarra – the Limestone Coast’s largest and most prestigious region – is home to the oldest-recorded and most-celebrated vineyard soil in Australia. With a total vineyard area of more than 5800 hectares, the cigar-shaped strip of terra rossa is finite; only 27km long and 2km wide.
Long and narrow, this celebrated ridge of earth, together with pure underground water, cool nights and a long, mild growing season, is nature’s gift to wine lovers across the globe. This precious parcel of land is recognised as Australia’s premier red wine region; it is home to some of the most-valuable agricultural soil and contributes fruit to some of the finest wines in the world.
Many Coonawarra wines, including the celebrated cabernet sauvignon, not only taste exceptional when young, but also cellar brilliantly. The ageability of Coonawarra wines is world class – a fact endorsed by generations of collectors from around the world. Today, new generations of old winemaking families toil alongside an influx of fresh talent to ensure the spirit of the Coonawarra wine region continues to thrive.
It is a community that’s vibrant, passionate, sophisticated and unique, and one that honours tradition, while embracing innovation and nurturing sustainable viticulture for the future. With more than 27 wineries with cellar doors along the one stretch of road, you will be warmly welcomed when you visit the region.