OUR REGIONS

Located in Australia’s wine capital

Discover our vineyards spread across the Barossa, Coonawarra and Adelaide Hills regions of South Australia. Ever since Johann Gramp planted the first commercial vineyard along the banks of Jacob’s Creek in 1847, our wines have been produced to reflect the true character of the grapes and the land. Explore how each of the regions influence the wine we make.

Barossa Valley

BAROSSA

Situated just 70km north east of Adelaide, the Barossa is home to a number of Australia’s iconic wines, especially world class Shiraz and Riesling, and it boasts some of the oldest Shiraz vines and vineyard soils in the world. The Barossa zone itself consists of two regions: Barossa Valley and Eden Valley. The lower altitude Barossa Valley (sometimes called the "Barossa floor") is warmer, drier and with deeper soils it is ideally suited to growing intense full bodied Shiraz. The higher altitude Eden Valley (also called "Barossa ranges") is a cooler climate with shallow rock weathered soils that produce outstanding Riesling.

The Barossa is typified by gentle rolling hills and valleys, and is considered a warm temperate climate for viticulture. This climate ensures warm dry days with plenty of sunshine throughout summer and relatively cool nights. This means that the vines experience healthy conditions for vigour during the growing season, and enough sun to achieve full tannin and flavour ripeness as well as intensely flavoured grapes. Meanwhile the cooler night time temperatures preserve vibrancy of colour and flavour as well promoting the retention of natural acidity, giving Barossa wines their excellent reputations as high quality wines that are worthy of cellaring.

Truck carrying wine barrels Winemaker carrying barrel Barossa
Adelaide Hills

ADELAIDE HILLS

The Adelaide Hills region is just a short 20 minute drive east of Adelaide. Located in the Mount Lofty Ranges, a stretch of land, around 70km in length offering a wide variety of soil types.

The numerous twisting hills and valleys provide a huge diversity of vineyard aspects, slopes, altitude, soils, water catchments and macro climates which therefore offer a wide variety of growing conditions.

Due to its high altitude, 400 - 700 metres above sea level, the Adelaide Hills region experiences higher rainfall and cooler ripening conditions than other South Australian regions. It is therefore widely recognised as one of the premium cool climate wine regions of Australia, perfect for growing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. 

Adelaide Hills Vineyard Grapes being picked Vineyard rows
Coonawarra grapes

COONAWARRA

The Coonawarra is widely regarded as one of Australia's best and most famous regions for growing premium Cabernet Sauvignon. It's located in the far south east of South Australia, approximately half-way between Adelaide and Melbourne, and is one of the regions within the Limestone Coast wine zone.

The climate is temperate and influenced by cooling breezes from the Southern Ocean, the skies frequently cloudy, and the landscape is flat. Vineyards stretch out in perfectly aligned rows alongside the main road which is as straight as a gun-barrel. 

The best vineyards are situated on free-draining soils found throughout the region over an ancient bed of limestone know as terra rossa. During the dry summer, the moisture drains away from the vine, yielding small berries with highly concentrated flavour. As the grapes ripen slowly in the mild climate they develop the great structure and fine grained tannins for which the region's wines are renowned. 

Spiderweb in the vineyard Coonawarra station Red soil