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Coonawarra, South Australia, is a cool climate wine region that has long established itself as Australia’s preeminent Cabernet Sauvignon wine region.
Coonawarra takes its name from the Aboriginal word for ‘Honeysuckle’.
Think Coonawarra and thoughts of sumptuous, big, bold reds come to mind formed in part because of its unique Terra Rossa soil. The formation of Terra Rossa (Italian for red soil) began almost a million years ago when an ocean full of prehistoric sea-life brushed the shoreline of the Kanawinka Escarpment. The chalky white bedrock foundation formed after an ice age and the great melt that followed. Mother nature’s winds, rain and sand enveloped the plain with a soil rich in iron, silica and nutrients creating one of the most renowned and best terroirs in the world, especially for Cabernet Sauvignon.
Coonawarra’s long and narrow ridge is some of the most valuable agricultural lands in the nation and is recognised as Australia’s premier red wine region. Pure underground water, cool nights and a long mild growing season ensure it contributes fruit to some of the finest wines in the world.