Tour the wineries of the Limestone Coast
South Australia has always done wine well. While the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale are two regions that has made our state ‘wine famous’, there’s another location that’s nipping at their heels: The Limestone Coast.
Our slice of coastal heaven is home to the Coonawarra, Wrattonbully, Mount Benson, Padthaway and, of course, the Mount Gambier wine regions. With over 40 cellar doors peppering the region, you have a sparkling array of choice.
Cabernet Sauvignon is a Coonawarra classic. Known for these full-bodied red wines, growers produce interesting blends thanks to the rich, terra rossa soil layered over a limestone bed.
If you love white wine, you’ll find it here, too. Savvy B‘s shine here, thanks to our cooler coastal wineries.
Cooler parts of the Limestone Coast wine region allow longer ripening periods to produce more medium weight red wines, and leaner white wines. Warmer, northern regions produce fuller flavoured, bolder whites and reds.
As well as the geology, the weather and viticulture across the 15,000 hectares of land produces individual wines. As well as Cab Savs and Savvy Bs, other popular grape varieties include Shiraz, Merlot and Chardonnay.
The best thing about visiting these wineries is the all-encompassing experience. it’s not just about a good drop. The local culinary artisans are just as important. Cheese and coffee are popular in the area, as well fresh seafood. And it all goes delightfully well with the wine that comes out of the region.
Let’s go through a few of our favourite wineries in the area.
Coonawarra & Penola
Be sure to visit Balnaves of Coonawarra, Bowen Estate, Brand’s Laira Coonawarra, Highbank Wines, Koonara Wines, Loaves and Fishes, Parker Estate, Raidis Estate, Rymill Coonawarra, Wynns Estate and Zema Estate.
Padthaway & Wrattonbully
Must-tastes include Farmer’s Leap Wines, Henry’s Drive, Jip Jip, Morambro Ck and Mt Monster, Malone Wines, Redden Bridge Wines and Tapanappa Wines.
Robe, Mt Benson & Cape Jaffa
See and sample Cape Jaffa Wines, Govenor Robe Estate, Karatta Wines, Ralph Fowler Wines, Wangolina Station and Woosoak Wines.
Winery Tours Limestone Coast operate around the six separate wine regions of the Limestone Coast. If you like to take it slowly and do your own thing, we can recommend the best wineries based on your itinerary, tastes and available time in the region.
Red or white, it doesn’t matter. All wine lovers are welcome on the Limestone.