Padthaway, Limestone Coast
The plains of Padthaway produce wines of consistent quality and style. Initially known as ‘Chardonnay country’, the region produces excellent examples of Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon from old vine material.
The gently undulating countryside of Padthaway is neighbour to the Coonawarra wine region. It has climatic similarities and a good slice of terra rossa, the famed soil of the Limestone Coast. The success of Coonawarra led viticulturalists to seek out similar ground. Back in 1944 the CSIRO recommended the Padthaway region for horticulture due to its rich soil and underground water supply. The climate is “Maritime” with coastal influences, ideal for vineyards producing fruit for sparkling, red and white table wine.
- Sunshine hours per day: 8.2
- Annual rainfall: 530mm
- Growing season rainfall: 180mm
- Mean January temperature: 20.4°C
- Harvest: Mid-Feb to late April