Regions of South Australia

Adelaide Hills

Despite their historical importance, the Adelaide Hills boast a somewhat contemporary wine scene. These cool climate vineyards are home to early ripening grapes such as Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Wide diurnal temperature changes often produce exciting aromatic wines.

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Barossa Valley

Barossa Valley is known throughout the world for its exceptional expressions of Shiraz. These full bodied red wines combine ripe black fruit with prominent oak flavours and extremely popular. Cabernet Sauvignon is also important here and is often compared and contrasted with Cabernet planted in both Coonawarra and Margaret River. When it comes to white wines, Semillon makes fuller wines with lower acidity than those made famous by the Hunter Valley.

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Clare Valley

The Clare Valley finds itself around 125km north of the city of Adelaide and is known for its diverse microclimates. Riesling is highly regarded and is often planted at between 300-500 metres to produce dry wines with locally distinctive aromas of lime. There are also plenty of good wines made from Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.

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Coonawarra

Coonawarra is located inside the Limestone Coast and is known for its relatively cool climate wines. With a climate not unlike that of Bordeaux it will comes as no surprise that Cabernet Sauvignon stars here. Coonawarra is also known for its distinctive iron-rich red soils. Shiraz is also a consistent performer and is capable of some of the best wines in Australia.

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