Grapevines at Russet Ridge Winery near Naracoorte
|Type||Australian Geographical Indication|
|Part of||Limestone Coast zone|
|Growing season||October – April|
|Precipitation (annual average)||195 mm (7.7 in)|
|Size of planted vineyards||2,679 hectares (6,620 acres)|
|Grapes produced||17,845 tonnes (17,563 long tons; 19,671 short tons)|
|Varietals produced||Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay|
|No. of wineries||3|
|Comments||Climate 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). 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.
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. The region now draws winemakers and the attention of wine connoisseurs from around the world. Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz are the two main varieties grown, and Wrattonbully wines of these varieties are highly regarded for their complexity and elegance. 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.
Citations and referencesEdit
- Longbottom, Mardi; Maschmedt, David and Pichler, Markus (2011), Unearthing viticulture in the Limestone Coast (PDF), ISBN 978-0-646-56744-0, retrieved 5 November 2014
- Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of SA (PGIBSA) (2014), Australian regional winegrape crush survey online (PDF), Phylloxera and Grape Industry Board of SA, ISSN 1442-6048, retrieved 6 November 2014