"The Padthaway Region has a very diverse and site specific range of soils."


Padthaway has a very diverse and site specific range of soils. This provides many outstanding opportunities for blending options which then allows for the development of the complexities so evident in Padthaway wines.
Soils found in the region as described by Beare (unpublished reports, Wetherby / Armstrong 1978) include
a) Red-brown earths, 15-40cm of light brown loamy sand or sandy loam surface over a red or reddish brown medium to well structured clay. Rubbly lime (calcrete) occurs at a depth of 40-75cm.
b) Brown soils, 15-25cm brown or grey brown fine sandy loam surface soil over grey, grey brown, or yellow brown mottled friable clay. Soft rubbly lime, calcrete, or sheet travertine (calcrete) is present at 30-60cm usually at about 40 m.
c) Mixed shallow soils including black or dark grey clays 15-30cm deep over hard limestone (calcrete).
d) Deep sands.

A comprehensive survey of the soils in the Padthaway irrigation area was carried out in the 1970’s by K.G. Wetherby and D.W. Armstrong. (Specific land use survey SS7). The survey is titled, “Soils of the Padthaway Irrigation Area, South Australia” published in 1978.



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