Coonawarra Wine Region By James Halliday

Discover the wineries within this wine region. Use our Region Guide and map to help you plan your next winery visit and to learn more about this region. This content is taken from James Halliday’s Wine Atlas of Australia, which is available to buy in the Wine Companion bookshop.

Discover the wines and wineries of the Coonawarra wine region of South Australia

Discover the Coonawarra wine region with James Halliday's Wine Atlas of Australia

Coonawarra’s pre-eminent position as Australia’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon wine region today stands in stark contrast to Bill Redman’s famous dictum: ‘From 1890 to 1945 you can write failure across the face of Coonawarra.’ For much of that time most of the wine was distilled into brandy, while in the 1930s the South Australian government implemented a mini Vine Pull Scheme, offering all ex-servicemen in the area a bounty of four pounds and ten pence an acre (0.4 hectare) for removing their vines and converting the land to dairying.

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Fast Facts

  • Latitude:
  • Altitude:
    60 m
  • Heat degree days:
  • Growing season rainfall:
    220 mm
  • Mean January temp:
  • Harvest:
    Early March to early May
  • Chief viticultural hazard:
    Spring frost; poor fruit set

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