Vines were first planted in the Coonawarra region in 1890, and since then grape production in the area has evolved.
The region is only 60 kilometres (37 miles) inland, and is predominantly exposed to a maritime climate, with dry and moderately cool summers. The climate in the region causes wine production to be quite unique, as cloud cover generally moderates the ripening period temperatures.
The main wine styles produced in Coonawarra include Chardonnay, Riesling, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.
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