Wine Regions

Wrattonbully Wine Region

Wrattonbully wine region is often-overlooked for neighbouring Padthaway and Coonawarra, but offers a rich mix of history and charismatic wine.

Wrattonbully wine region is often-overlooked for neighbouring Padthaway and Coonawarra, but offers a rich mix of history, charismatic wine and grape growers, exceptional Wrattonbully Merlot and Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon wines, and a delightful mix of cellar doors and tourism opportunities.


The Wrattonbully wine region is located in the greater Limestone Coast region. The region is bolstered by a Wrattonbully honour roll of wine producers that include luminaries like Brian Croser with his Tapanappa estate, and big players like Yalumba who have invested into the area. Wrattonbully wine region is made up of a great diversity of boutique and larger profile wineries, each with a significant story to tell.

Get to Wrattonbully

Wrattonbully cellar doors are approached via road through the township of Naracoorte, and a straight-forward four hour drive from Adelaide. It’s approximately one hour’s drive to Wrattonbully wine region from Mount Gambier airport.

Climate and style in Wrattonbully

Warmer than Coonawarra and cooler than Padthaway, Wrattonbully wine enjoys a unique climate that is temperate, warm and produces red wines of generosity, richness and soft texture, and whites of ripe fruit flavour.


Wrattonbully map shows the Wrattonbully wine region to be inland yet moderately tempered by maritime influences. It is a warmish region with a warm growing season, but cool nights are positive mitigating factors on the grape growing season.


Red wines dominate the Wrattonbully cellar doors, with Cabernet Sauvignon making up over half of all the vines planted in the region. Wrattonbully Shiraz is also an important wine of the region, and Wrattonbully Merlot has currency in the context of Australian fine wine. Red wines tend to be soft, fruity and rich.

Key Wrattonbully varietals

Wrattonbully wine is produced from a broad variety of grape varieties, though Wrattonbully wineries typically showcase Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot. Red grapes dominate the plantings of Wrattonbully wine region. Almost half of all Wrattonbully wine region is planted to Cabernet Sauvignon. Wrattonbully is also widely planted with Chardonnay, with lesser plantings of Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Wrattonbully Tempranillo is increasingly fleshing out the offering from the region.

Wrattonbully Merlot

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

Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon

Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon is the area’s red grape talking point. The wines are typically structured, rippling with fine tannin, and though guided by these tannins, often show a suppleness in texture. Wrattonbully Cabernet Sauvignon is generally medium to full bodied, offers cassis and berry spectrum fruit character, and given additional complexity from briar and ‘Aussie bush’ herbal characters.


Wrattonbully Shiraz Cabernet, the ‘traditional Australian blend’, is also well known and produced widely by Wrattonbully cellar doors.

Wrattonbully wineries

Wrattonbully wine region is home to some 50 growers and producers, though Wrattonbully cellar doors are a little more thin on the ground. That being said, the Wrattonbully map shows some Wrattonbully cellar doors open to the public. Wrattonbully wine is largely produced under the banner of existing South Australian wine producers from other significant wine regions.


Those growing and producing Wrattonbully wine include Yalumba, Tappanappa, Pepper Tree Wines, Hamilton’s Ewell, Hollick Wines, Mawson’s Wrattonbully, Patrick Wines, Ruckus Estate, Smith & Hooper and Tidswell Wines.


Wrattonbully cellar doors that have been available to the public include Flanagans Ridge, Heathfield Ridge Wines, Kopparossa Estate, Pavy Wines and 2 Red Sheds.

The future of Wrattonbully

Wrattonbully cellar doors will hopefully bolster the existing interest in the historical wine region. World Heritage listed Naracoorte Caves, alongside existing limestone caves of Wrattonbully wine region, also provide tourist appeal. Wrattonbully wine will also significantly grow in reputation as more wine producers invest in fruit from the region, particularly as the halo variety of Wrattonbully Merlot proves to be of increasingly high quality and national and international interest.

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Wrattonbully
  • Red Wine
  • South Australia
  • Merlot