Terra rossa - rich and red

Coonawarra has been producing winegrapes since the late 1800’s and is home to some of the most famous Cabernet Sauvignon in the world. It is renowned for its cigar-shaped strip of beautifully rich, red “terra rossa” soil which lies on a bed of ancient limestone and produces wines of great elegance, structure and longevity.

Cabernet Sauvignon is the variety for which Coonawarra is most famous but those same soils also produce excellent Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay. Located a four-hour drive southeast of Adelaide, there are more than 30 cellar doors to visit with the majority still family-owned and operated. The region also boasts an increasing range of accommodation options.

Along with offering an excellent calendar of events to entice cellar door visitors to the region, Coonawarra producers take their wines across the country as part of the famed “Coonawarra Roadshow”. These are a series of special tasting events held in the major mainland capital cities and provide a great opportunity for producers to share their outstanding cool-climate wines with the public.

Learn more about the wine region here.