Wrattonbully lies between the Coonawarra and Padthaway viticultural regions and is one Australia’s newer planted regions as grapes only began to be extensively planted from the mid 1990’s. Wrattonbully’s cool climate, plentiful high quality artesian water and well drained terra rossa soils led wine companies to plant large areas of mainly red grape varieties.
Climatic conditions and soils are very similar to Coonawarra as the Southern Ocean moderates the climate though it is one degree Celsius warmer with the essential difference being that Wrattonbully has gentle slopes making aspect or “sun attitude” an important benefit of careful vineyard site selection.
The greatest success has been with varieties such as Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon though Shiraz and Tempranillo are strong performers and amongst the white grapes, Pinot Grigio and Sauvignon Blanc show a special affinity with the region. It is early days in the knowledge that viticulturists and winemakers are finding for Wrattonbully with the expectation that it will become one of the brightest stars in Australia’s viticultural firmament.