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Wrattonbully is a wine region in South Australia's South East, between the Padthaway and Coonawarra regions, between the Riddoch Highway and the Victorian border.[7]

Wine region
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Grapevines at Russet Ridge Winery near Naracoorte
TypeAustralian Geographical Indication
Year established2005[1]
Part ofLimestone Coast zone
Growing seasonOctober – April[2]
Climate region'I'
Heat units1421[3]
Precipitation (annual average)195 mm (7.7 in)[2]
Size of planted vineyards2,679 hectares (6,620 acres)[4]
Grapes produced17,845 tonnes (17,563 long tons; 19,671 short tons)[5]
Varietals producedShiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay[5]
No. of wineries3[6]
CommentsClimate data: 2011, production: 2014

The Wrattonbully wine region lies over several ranges in the area surrounding Naracoorte, including the Naracoorte Range (also known as the Kanawinka escarpment).[citation needed] Wrattonbully is a region of ancient World Heritage-listed geology, which in more recent times has been chosen to establish a successful wine region due to its outstanding viticultural attributes.[citation needed]

The first vines for winegrapes were planted in the late 1960s; however it was in the 1990s that the excellent soils and elevated sites attracted many winemakers from surrounding areas.[6] The region now draws winemakers and the attention of wine connoisseurs from around the world.[citation needed] Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are the two main varieties grown, and Wrattonbully wines of these varieties are highly regarded for their complexity and elegance.[citation needed] Merlot and Chardonnay are also widely grown with great success - in fact the cool climate of the Wrattonbully wine region is proving suitable for many varieties.[citation needed]


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  1. ^ "Wrattonbully". Australian Grape and Wine Authority. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  2. ^ a b Longbottom et al, 2011, page 50
  3. ^ Longbottom et al, 2011, page 62
  4. ^ PGIBSA, 2014, page 102
  5. ^ a b PGIBSA, 2014, page 101
  6. ^ a b "Wrattonbully wineries". Wine Australia. Retrieved 5 November 2014.
  7. ^ Longbottom et al, 2011, page 20


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