Wrattonbully Wine Region
The Wrattonbully Wine Region, has a rich story, interweaving viticulture, agriculture, geology and history. Limestone is the critical component of the Wrattonbully landscape that has resulted in both the labyrinth of caves and the establishment of vineyards.
The ancient limestone bedrock is the common link between the caves and the vineyards. The ancient limestone and terra rossa soil was the impetus to establish vineyards, dig a bit deeper and hidden beneath the premium vineyards is the underlying network of the World Heritage Naracoorte Caves, a unique treasure trove of history.
The moderate climatic characteristics of the region are ideal for quality wine production, allowing cool slow ripening periods, on soils of good water holding capacity, with availability of valuable, high quality underground water. This, coupled with astute establishment practices with a focus on sustainability, has resulted in vineyards that produce top quality wines acknowledged by reviews, strong results in wine shows, very impressive winemaker and consumer sentiments.
There is a strong sense of community between the farmers / vineyard owners and scientists/palaeontologists - forming tight working relationships as caves are discovered on vineyard land, and conserved and managed cooperatively. This reinforces the Wrattonbully approach to land management, prioritisation of sustainability rather than exploitation, and responsible custodianship.
The main wine grape varieties grown in Wrattonbully are the classic Australian varieties of Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, with Merlot and Chardonnay plantings the next two most widely planted. Other reds planted include Pinot Noir, Sangiovese and Malbec, the last two showing well in niche markets. The whites include Pinot Gris, Sauvignon blanc, Riesling, Semillon and Viognier.
The terra rossa red gum country around Lucindale also produces wine grapes of the highest quality.
Wrattonbully Wine can be purchased locally at hotels, restaurants and independent bottle shops. Discover more about the Wrattonbully Wine Region at www.wrattonbullywineregion.com