Padthaway Wine

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Identified in 1963 by Karl Seppelt as a viticultural region on the basis of a Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO) and South Australian Department of Agriculture study carried out 19 years earlier, Padthaway was originally known as Keppoch. The acquisition of 350 hectares (865 acres) by Seppelt encouraged first Lindemans, then Hardys (in 1968) and thence Wynns to follow suit and to this day the region remains the preserve of the major companies. Notwithstanding the originally modest quality expectations held for the region by its pioneers, Padthaway has proved to be an excellent white wine producer and, if yields are controlled, an equally good red wine area. There are no subregions. Given the absence of any significant mountains, a maritime climate generally prevails. The region’s original bias towards white wines is surprising given that it is significantly warmer than Coonawarra to the south, with more sunshine hours, lower rainfall and fewer rain days. It was Read more »

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  • Cabernet Sauvignon

    “King of the Red Wine Grapes.” The colonizer of the vineyards, pushing native wine grapes into its shadows. The Caber...

  • Pinot Noir

    “With so voluptuous a perfume, so sweet an edge, they make the blood run hot,” Joel Fleischman, wine columnist at Van...

  • Syrah

    The irony here is that Syrah’s origins could give Carmen Sandiego a run for her international wallet. Syrah’s deepest...

  • Merlot

    The Occitanian word “merlot” translates to “young blackbird.” An accurate description for this popular, early-budding...

  • Chardonnay

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  • Morambro Creek

    Since 1851, five generations of the Bryson family have been involved in agriculture and the uniqu...

  • Henry's Drive Vignerons Pty Ltd

    During the nineteenth century establishment of the farming and wine industries of southeastern...

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