Wine Regions

Mount Benson Wine Region

Mount Benson wines are produced from the region set near Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Padthaway wine regions. The Mount Benson wine region is consider…

Mount Benson wines are produced from the region set near Coonawarra, Wrattonbully and Padthaway wine regions. The Mount Benson wine region is considered relatively cool, and decidedly maritime influenced. The region was established officially in 1989, and though only populated by some 15-or-so wineries, produces a significant volume of wine.


Mount Benson wine region map locates the wine growing area in the Limestone Coast zone. The Mount Benson wine region offers scenic vistas, proximity to the coast, bountiful seafood and excellent cellar door experiences. Mount Benson wines are focused on Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon Blanc.

Get to Mount Benson

Mount Benson is a three hour drive from Adelaide, and best accessed by car for exploring the region.

Climate and style in Mount Benson

Mount Benson wine region is known for its moderate climate and ocean sea breezes. The Mount Benson wine region is considered cool climate, even with warm summer days and an earlier start to the growing season than nearby Coonawarra.

Typically, Mount Benson wines are amply flavoured and ‘varietally correct’, offering distinct flavours of grapes with good intensity and concentration of flavour.

Key Mount Benson Varietals

Mount Benson wines are produced mostly and significantly from Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, creating wines of very good varietal character, depth of flavour and recognisable quality and lower price points. The Mount Benson wine region has yet to solidify a premium wine culture, but this is on the rise. Mount Benson Shiraz and Mount Benson Cabernet Sauvignon have increasing currency in the Australian wine market

Mount Benson Sauvignon Blanc

Mount Benson wines produced from Sauvignon Blanc are typically imbued with intense tropical fruitiness with crisp texture. Mount Benson wine region is also known for Sauvignon Blanc of intense grassiness and herbal character.

Mount Benson Shiraz

Mount Benson Shiraz is increasingly well known and sought after for its quality and personality, which typically shows dark fruits, peppery spice, medium weight, and a generosity from great inward concentration. Finding a Mount Benson winery working with Shiraz is easy, with most Mount Benson wine producers working with the variety


Mount Benson Cabernet Sauvignon

Mount Benson Cabernet Sauvignon is generally rich in flavour, trimmed with fine tannin and show good concentration of black fruit, black olive and light herbal flavours and aromas. The wines are generally well matched for lavish oak usage, though some Mount Benson wines are a little over the top in this regard.

Mount Benson wineries

Mount Benson wine region map will show a number of welcoming cellar doors with familiar names. Mount Benson wine region offers some 15 wine producers, with leading lights including Cape Jaffa with their biodynamic and natural-leaning wines, alongside regional stalwart Ralph Fowler Wines, whose collection is multi-award winning and considered the ‘premium’ offering from the region.


Other wineries to watch include Cape Thomas Wines, Wehl’s Mount Benson, Frog Island Wines, Wangolina Station and of course, the Cellarmasters-exclusive range, Black Wattle.

The future of Mount Benson

Mount Benson wines will increasingly be seen for their generosity yet distinct varietal character, offering drinkers a firm anchor into their favourite varieties, at affordable price points. Increasing collections of premium wines from Mount Benson wine region will also entice new wine lovers into an exploration of the region. The local crayfish is also a very distinct lure to visit Mount Benson wine region!

File under:

  • Cool Climate
  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sauvignon Blanc
  • Coastal
  • Mount Benson
  • Shiraz