If you like good wine, you’ll love Wrattonbully. It’s on the Limestone Coast between Padthaway and Coonawarra.
Wrattonbully is a young wine region with a long history.
Fruit growers planted the first vines in 1885 and started selling grapes to Glen Ewin Jams. By the 1920s, there were five acres of vines. In the 1960s, winemakers planted the first wine grapes. By the 1990s, there were over 20 hectares. The region then expanded, as growers went on a planting spree.
The region is now home to 2,600 hectares of vineyards, 50 grape growers and 20 wine producers.
It’s no surprise that many of the top names in the Australian wine industry scrambled to get a piece of Wrattonbully. It has all the elements of a successful wine region. The soil is an extension of the Coonawarra’s renowned terra rossa, the red soil found on limestone. Its altitude makes for long growing seasons and there is plenty of good quality, underground water.
Try local Orlando wines at the Russet Ridge Winery and cellar door. Food platters are available. Admire the view and enjoy a tasting.
Wrattonbully specialises in four main wine varieties.
Cabernet Sauvignon dominates the region. It makes up almost half of the grapes planted in Wrattonbully. The wine is soft and red berry fruited.
Shiraz is the second most popular. The region’s long growing season brings these grapes to their ideal ripeness.
Merlot is another. These grapes produce soft, rich and fruit flavoured wines.
The region also produces great Chardonnay, even though it’s mainly a red grape area. It typically tastes of apricots and grapefruit.
There’s plenty of great food. Stop in Naracoorte for something to eat.
Try a meal and some local wine at the Highlander Restaurant. Enjoy country service and quality coffee at Maddies Café. Let the kids loose in the play area at Settlers Café.
The time is ripe to visit Wrattonbully.