Fancy a drop of red? The Limestone Coast is home to the Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson and Padthaway wine regions.
Coonawarra and Penola: the taste of terra rossa
Fancy a drop of some of South Australia's best red wine? You're in the right place.
Sip robust Coonawarra reds, sourced from richly coloured terra rossa soil. You'll find big-name producers in the Coonawarra, as well as family brands spanning generations and a batch of up and coming winemakers. Think Wynns Coonawarra, Hollick Wines, Leconfield, Rymill Coonawarra and Zema Estate.
Sample some of the region's famous red wines at Rymill Coonawarra.
Winery walking trail
Wine lovers will enjoy the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail, with five wineries along a five kilometre strip. You will be warmly welcomed into each of the cellar doors as you taste some of Australia's finest Cabernet Sauvignon and other varieties.
Mount Gambier and Mount Benson: a unique, rugged climate
The Mount Gambier wine region's climate and varied soils allow a variety of grapes to be grown including Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In Mount Benson, taste wines crafted from a unique, rugged climate. 75 per cent of grape varieties grown are red – Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
White varieties including Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne and Viognier are also grown.
Padthaway and Wrattonbully: Chardonnay country
Padthaway is often referred to as “Chardonnay Country”, but it also produces great reds, whites and sparkling wines. Henry’s Drive and Padthaway Estate are the only two cellar doors in the region however some producers are open by appointment.
Wrattonbully is a small growing region between Coonawarra and Padthaway. With the same great terra rossa as its neighbours, the area produces great Cabernet, Shiraz and Riesling as well as Chardonnay and Merlot. There are no cellar doors in the area, however wines can be purchased at a variety of outlets across the Limestone Coast.
Robe: wines that pack a punch
Traditionally known as a fishing port, Robe is now producing wines that pack a punch. Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the main varieties produced.
Follow the trail
Naturally, you may want to combine the regions' finest on the Limestone Coast Real Food and Wine Trail. It features more than 50 farm gates, cellar doors, restaurants, cafés and retailers.
A little bit of history
The Limestone Coast's first vines were planted in 1891 by John Riddoch, with the first crop harvested just five years later in 1896. A year later, the region's first winery sprung to life, which is today known as Wynns Coonawarra Estate.