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The Coonawarra Wine Region's Famous Terra Rossa Soils

The Coonawarra wine region of South Australia has achieved world renown for its high class Cabernet Sauvignon wines, that are grown on the famous "terra rossa" soils. The terra rossa strip is a tiny stretch of land (amongst the most valuable in Australia) that is just one kilometre wide and runs for 12 kilometres northwest through the Coonawarra region.

As Coonawarra is only 60 miles inland it has a predominantly maritime climate, with dry and moderately cool summers lending themselves to the production of excellent Shiraz, Riesling and Chardonnay grape varieties as well as the first rate Cabernets.