Where it begins

“We’re practicing organic viticulture in our Coonawarra and Mount Gambier vineyards, with plans to have certification within 3 years.”

Our Coonawarra vineyard

Coonawarra is the Aboriginal word for wild honeysuckle. It’s located in the Limestone Coast, in the south-east corner of South Australia, halfway between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne.

WHAT MAKES COONAWARRA WINES SO GOOD?

Coonawarra’s fame hails from a natural soil phenomenon called the terra rossa. Meaning literally ‘red earth’, terra rossa is a low, cigar-shaped ridge of soil stretching 15 kilometres long and up to one kilometre wide. Terra rossa topsoil is rich and free draining but it is also thin; just five centimetres to 100 centimetres deep. It is one of the best soils for growing vines in Australia; ideal for creating small, well-coloured berries that develop in optimal sunlight. The end result is a yield of intensely-flavoured grapes that are perfectly suited for making premium wines.

TERRA ROSSA SOIL

Coonawarra’s fame hails from a natural soil phenomenon called the terra rossa. Meaning literally ‘red earth’, terra rossa is a low, cigar-shaped ridge of soil stretching 15 kilometres long and up to one kilometre wide. Terra rossa topsoil is rich and free draining but it is also thin; just five centimetres to 100 centimetres deep. It is one of the best soils for growing vines in Australia; ideal for creating small, well-coloured berries that develop in optimal sunlight. The end result is a yield of intensely-flavoured grapes that are perfectly suited for making premium wines.

COOL CLIMATE

Like many great wine regions of the world, Coonawarra’s climate is cool and marginal. It is South Australia’s southernmost wine region, positioned just 80 kilometres from the chilly southern ocean and cold Antarctic winds. The vines are assured a long, cool ripening period that builds up the intensity of flavours slowly in the grape, creating a balanced acidity. The resulting wines will always be among Australia’s finest for their richness, intensity, flavour and longevity.

WHAT KOONARA ARE DOING DIFFERENTLY?

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Our Mount Gambier vineyard

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