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Class 2: Australia's Wine Regions

The main concepts covered in Class 1 include the following:


State capital: Adelaide

Produces more than 60 percent of Australia's wines

Zones & Regions

zone region
Barossa Barossa Valley & Eden Valley
Fleurieu McLaren Vale & Langhorne Creek
Mt Lofty Ranges Adelaide Hills & Clare Valley
Limestone Coast Coonawarra, Padthaway, Wrattonbully
Lower Murray Riverland



  • Winemaking hub
  • Use their own grapes and truck in outside grapes


  • In Barossa Range section of Mount Lofty Ranges
  • Eastern boundary separates from Eden Valley
  • Low-fertility soils = low yields


  • Warm area; temperature summation similar to Bordeaux
  • Daytime temperatures hot during summer
  • Ocean breezes + chilly nighttime temperatures keep grapes cool
  • Growing season consistent - low humidity, little rain
  • Drip irrigation in many vineyards

Varieties and Wines

  • A top-quality wine region
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