"The Padthaway Wine Region is quite distinct being some 62 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide with the Riddoch Highway running through the middle and comprising 345 square kilometres."

In 1944, the CSIRO recommended the region for horticulture due to its rich soil, underground water supply and Mediterranean climate with coastal influences.

Vineyards were first established by Seppelt in Padthaway in 1964 quickly followed by Lindemans, Hardys (1968) and Wynns.

The Padthaway Wine region was gazetted for GIC status on 29th September 1999. Today the region is represented by the majority of major wine companies and an increasing number of private producers.

The Padthaway Wine Region is quite distinct being some 62 kilometres long and 8 kilometres wide with the Riddoch Highway running through the middle and comprising 345 square kilometres. There are now more than 4000 hectares of vineyard planted with the predominant varieties being Shiraz, Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon with the red varieties Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon making up 50% of the total vineyard plantings in the region. There are however significant plantings of other varieties such Riesling, Merlot, Sauvignon Blanc, Traminer and Pinot Noir, with expanding plantings of newer varieties such as Viognier and Pinot Gris.


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