Wine Regions

Limestone Coast Wine Region

Limestone Coast wine region was officially founded in 1996 and is a conglomerate of constituent regions that includes Limestone Coast wineries within …

Limestone Coast wine region was officially founded in 1996 and is a conglomerate of constituent regions that includes Limestone Coast wineries within Coonawarra, Mount Benson, Mount Gambier, Padthaway, Wrattonbully and Robe. Limestone Coast wineries are defined by these regions, in a zone that sits in the southeast of South Australia, fringed by the state of Victoria to the east, Lower Murray wine growing area to the north, and the coast of South Australia to the south.


Limestone Coast wineries are diverse in their wines, yet share some common ground in terms of geology, weather and viticulture across the collective 15,800 hectares (approximately) of land under vine. Limestone Coast vignerons, however, do make some quite individual Limestone Coast wines, depending on their interpretation of grape varieties. Staple grape varieties include Shiraz, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay, and are mostly produced in easy drinking, straight forward, affordable styles, with the notable exception of benchmark Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, Mount Benson Cabernet and Chardonnay.

Get to the region

Various parts of the Limestone Coast wine region are accessible by roadways from the South Australia’s state capital of Adelaide. The Limestone Coast wine region is also serviced by regularly scheduled airlines at Mount Gambier airport.

Climate and style in Limestone Coast

Limestone Coast wineries enjoy a variety of climatic variances but share a similar range in terms of warm summers, cool winters, and during growing season hot days and moderately cool nights. The Limestone Coast wine region is relatively large as a collective growing area, so climate does have a broad range of affects.


Limestone Coast wine styles vary accordingly within regions. Coonawarra wine region produces wines of elegance from Cabernet Sauvignon, while Padthaway produces more robust versions of Cabernet Sauvignon. Cooler parts of the Limestone Coast wine region allow for longer ripening periods to produce more medium weight red wines and leaner white wines, while warmer regions of the Limestone Coast wine region producer fuller flavoured, riper, bolder whites and reds.

Key Limestone Coast Varietals

Limestone Coast vignerons work with a large variety of grape varieties, but are best known for Limestone Coast Merlot, Limestone Coast Shiraz, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, and Wrattonbully Merlot. White wines are produced in Limestone Coast wine region in varying styles, but generally tend to fruity, easy to drink, drink-in-youth styles.

Limestone Coast Merlot

Limestone Coast vignerons producing Wrattonbully Merlot are arguably at the apex of all Merlot wine in Australia. Limestone Coast wine of Wrattonbully Merlot flavours tend to be in the plum and chocolate spectrum, and wines are generous, ripe and fuller figured. Texture of Limestone Coast wineries Wrattonbully Merlot is typically plush and soft. Wrattonbully Merlot is also often identified with its light, herbal inflection, scents of mint and eucalyptus.

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Limestone Coast Cabernet Sauvignon

Limestone Coast wine of Coonawarra wine region is arguably considered the preeminent producer of Cabernet Sauvignon in Australia. The Limestone Coast wine of Coonawarra are generally picked at full ripeness to produce medium to full bodied Coonawarra red wine, that are distinguished by dark fruits, soft spice, firm tannin profile, and minty-herbal complexity. The Limestone Coast vignerons of Coonawarra wine region on Terra Rossa soils are typically gently savoury and display some earth-like mineral characters. They are approachable in three to five years, but will also cellar for decades in Coonawarra best vintages.

Limestone Coast wineries

Limestone Coast wineries come from across the Limestone Coast wine region and are many and varied. The Limestone Coast wine map shows many Limestone Coast wineries with cellar doors, and Limestone Coast vignerons include many luminaries of Australia’s fine wine scene. Limestone Coast wineries include Balnaves of Coonawarra, Bowen Estate, Brand Family Winemakers, Cape Jaffa Wines, Black Wattle, DiGiorgio Family Wines, Henry’s Drive Vignerons, Hollick Wines, Riddoch, Katnook Estate, Leconfield Wines, Majella Wines, Mawson’s, Parker Coonawarra Estate, Patrick of Coonawarra, Petaluma, Raidis Estate, RockBare, Rymill Coonawarra, Smith & Hooper, Wynns, Zema Estate and Yalumba.

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The future of Limestone Coast

Limestone Coast vignerons are well positioned to capitalise on a broad message about diversity of style within their various regions, captured in a greater region, namely Limestone Coast wine region. The diversity is key to appealing to a wide range of consumers, those seeking fine wine benchmarks, through to those opting for affordable yet generous young wines. The Limestone Coast wine region has massive potential to provide a great variety of drinking experiences.

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  • South Australia
  • Cool Climate
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Limestone Coast