Located midway between Melbourne and Adelaide, the Mount Gambier wine region occupies the southern most area of South Australia.
Located within the Limestone Coast zone, in the South-East of South Australia, the Mount Gambier region has been established as a viticultural region since 1982. As a strong agriculture area of South Australia, the area is also known for its cropping, grazing and forestry.
The landscape of the Mount Gambier region is dominated by a number of physical features. The town, Mount Gambier sits on a coastal plain, underlain by limestone with relic beach dune systems illustrating the advance and retreat of sea level during the last Ice Ages. Volcanic activity in relatively recent times in the South of the region, saw the development of volcanic cones and craters, within which sits the jewel of the Blue Lake, an iconic feature of the region.
- The region has over 8 wineries, with a total 269.5 hectare of vines planted.
- The region’s flat costal plains are interrupted in the south by volcanic cones and sinkholes.
- Mount Gambier is the southern most wine region in South Australia as well as the newest.
- The region is centrally located between the capital cities of Adelaide and Melbourne.
- There are no corporate vineyards plantings in the Mount Gambier wine region.
- The regions underground water aquifer provides a degree of insurance against the effects of climate change.
The Mount Gambier region is generally regarded as having a Mediterranean climate, characterized by warm to hot, dry summers and mild to cool winters where most rain usually falls. Due to its proximity to the sea, the region has a low to moderate risk of frost during Spring.
The Mount Gambier region is underlain by sedimentary limestone with igneous rocks scattered through the region from volcanic activity. In the vicinity of the volcanic cones, the ash has weathered into a well drained, highly fertile loam which is highly regarded for primary production.
Map Coordinates: 37° 35'S
Altitude: 63 – 140 metres (207 – 459 feet)
Heat degree days, October - April: 1222
Growing season rainfall, October - April: 291.5mm (11.48 inches)
Mean January temperature: 18.10C (64.58°F)
Relative humidity, October - April, 3 pm: 68% Average
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Harvest: March - May