Wrattonbully adjoins the Coonawarra area in the southern part of the Limestone Coast wine zone. The prominent viticultural feature of the area is the series of ancient beach ridges and dunes which run roughly north-south through the area. These ridges are made up of soft crumbly limestone which weathers to produce the red and brown Terra Rossa clay loam soils so highly prized for grape growing. The ridges and dunes have elevations of up to 30m compared with the Coonawarra Terra Rossa 'high' of less than 5m. The extra elevation on the Wrattonbully dunes produce the advantage of cold air drainage which reduces the risk of frost during the growing season.

The area has a cool climate with 1350-1550 degree days heat summation which is ideal for Cabernet and Merlot. Shiraz also ripens to high sugar and flavour levels and produces wines with spicy cool climate characters which are different from the more common Australian warm climate styles. Although mainly a red grape area, Wrattonbully produces Chardonnay's of great character and flavour.

Despite its proximity to Coonawarra, the Wrattonbully area has only been planted to vineyards in the last 40 years with most of its vineyards less than 20 years old. The quality of the wines produced to date from relatively young vines indicates that the area will very soon challenge its more famous neighbour to the south.

AREA PLANTED 90.2 Ha (225 acres) ELEVATION 65 - 80 metres
CLIMATE Cool DEGREE DAYS 1350 - 1550

Classic terra rossa clay loams over limestone.

Minor duplex brown loam over subsoils of

red/orange clay and ironstone gravel.

  Cabernet Sauvignon 35.0 Ha Chardonnay 8.2 Ha
  Merlot 18.2 Ha Pinot Gris 4.0 Ha
  Shiraz 14.6 Ha

OTHER VARIETIES Tempranillo 1.0 Ha Viognier 2.0 Ha
Petit Verdot 1.4 Ha Fiano 0.6 Ha
  Malbec 2.6 Ha
  Barbera 0.6 Ha    
  Aglianico 0.6 Ha    
  Cabernet Franc 1.2 Ha

Wrattonbully Vineyard