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Limestone Coast Wine Region

Australia's greatest red wines undoubtedly come from Coonawarra wineries in the Limestone Coast region of South Australia. The Limestone coast is an area of land with deep terra rossa soil, pure underground water, Mediterranean climate and cool sea breezes in summer to ensure slow and gentle ripening of the grapes.

The most prized part of the Limestone Coast is a 12km by 2km patch of especially fertile terra rossa - the Coonawarra region in South Australia. The soil produces superb Cabernet Sauvignon and stunning Coonawarra Shiraz wines.

The Coonawarra area is packed tight with vineyards, many with cellar doors allowing you to sample. Once a year, the Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers festival is held - where rare tastings of back vintages are available for enjoyment. Holidays in Coonawarra are all about cellar doors, fine food and history.

But the Coonawarra region is only part of the story. The Limestone Coast has a number of other wine regions worth exploring. For sparkling white wines, the Padthaway wine region is the place to be. The historic Padthaway Estate combines painstakingly restored Victorian elegance with superb Pinot Noir Chardonnay.

Newer Limestone Coast wine regions include the Wrattonbully wine region showing some success with Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, the Mt Benson wine region with its citrus tang whites and fragrant reds and the Robe Ranges wine region with a slightly longer growing season than Coonawarra.

The main township in the Limestone Coast is also the newest wine region - Mt Gambier. Flights into Mt Gambier, South Australia take approximately 1 hour from Adelaide.