South Australia Wine Regions

SA Regions


  • Clare Valley

    Cool to Warm climate/Elevation 400-500m
    South Australia's Clare Valley has a winemaking history that dates back to the mid nineteenth century. Varied soil and topography allow for a range of grapes to thrive here, but Riesling is undoubtedly the king, producing wines that stand comparison with any made around the world.

    Primary Varieties: Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon.

    Important Wineries: Grosset, Jim Barry, Knappstein, Leasingham, Mitchell, Mount Horrocks, Pikes, Taylors, Tim Adams, Wendouree.
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  • Barossa Valley

    Warm climate/Elevation 270m
    Australia's best-known wine region is famous for its big bold reds, particularly Shiraz; however white varieties such as Chardonnay and Semillon also thrive here. The Barossa Valley is home to more than 150 wineries and has a winemaking history that dates back to the 1840s.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Semillon, Chardonnay, Riesling, Merlot.

    Important Wineries: Barossa Valley Estate, Bethany, Charles Melton Wines, Dutschke Wines, Elderton, Glaetzer, Grant Burge, Greenock Creek, Leo Buring, Penfolds, Peter Lehmann, Rockford, Seppelt Barossa Valley, St Hallett, Three Rivers, Turkey Flat, Veritas Wines, Wolf Blass, Yalumba.
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  • Eden Valley

    Cool climate/Elevation 450m
    The Eden Valley, in South Australia's Barossa region is cooler than its surrounds, making it suitable for the production of high quality Riesling, for which it is justifiably world famous. Other principal varieties include Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay

    Primary Varieties: Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Henschke, Irvine, Mountadam.
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  • Langhorne Creek

    Warm to Hot climate/Elevation 130-180m
    Langhorne Creek is the third largest grape growing region in South Australia and part of the Fleurieu Peninsula group of wine regions which also includes McLaren Vale. Despite its size and a history dating back to the 1860s, it is not as well known as perhaps it should be. Premium Cabernet and Shiraz are the flagship varieties, often made into blends.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Bleasdale, Bremerton, Lake Breeze, Step Rd.
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  • Adelaide Hills

    Cool climate/Elevation 450-550m
    The picturesque Adelaide Hills region is a mere 20 minutes' drive from the city, making it a popular day tripping destination. Almost 90 wineries make wines from a variety of grapes including Chardonnay, Riesling and Pinot Noir. The region produces excellent sparkling wines and Australia's most highly regarded Sauvignon Blancs

    Primary Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Noir.

    Important Wineries: Petaluma, Bird in Hand, Chain of Ponds, Geoff Weaver.
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  • Padthaway

    Cool maritime climate/Elevation 50m
    Padthaway, about three hours' drive south of Adelaide, was first established as a viticultural area in the 1960s. Soon it became recognised as a premium, cool-climate wine region. The main viticultural threat is spring frost, but overall the region's maritime climate has proven ideal for the production of both red and white wines.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Morambro Creek, Padthaway Estate, Browns of Padthaway, Stonehaven.
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  • McLaren Vale

    Warm climate/Elevation 50-200m
    McLaren Vale is a picturesque, historic and diverse wine region. More than a hundred wineries produce wines from a host of grape varieties including Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Mourvèdre, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Savagnin and Fiano. This diversity reflects variations in climate and soil type, as well as a regional characteristic of continued development.

    Primary Varieties: Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay.

    Important Wineries: Chapell Hill, Clarendon Hills, Coriole, d'Arenberg, Fox Creek Wines, Hardy's, Noon Winery, Reynell, Rosemount Estate McLaren Vale, Wirra Wirra.
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  • Coonawarra

    Cool climate/Elevation 60m
    South Australia's Coonawarra is world renowned for its high class Cabernets, grown on its famous terra rossa soils. The region's maritime climate and dry, fairly cool summers lend themselves also to excellent Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay.

    Primary Varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz.

    Important Wineries: Balnaves, Bowen Estate, Hollick, Katnook Estate, Leconfield, Lindeman's Coonawarra, Majella, Parker Coonawarra Estate, Penley Estate, Rymill Coonawarra, Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Zema Estate.
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