The Stonehaven winery and vineyards are situated in the Limestone Coast, the area in South Australia that stretches from Padthaway in the north to the Southern Ocean. It is one of Australia’s pre-eminent wine regions and is characterised by fertile Terra Rossa soils over a limestone base. These conditions combined with an abundant supply of artesian water form ideal conditions for viticultural production. A fact borne out by continuing vintages of exceptional wines.
The name ‘Stonehaven’ was bestowed by the Scottish pioneers who settled in the Limestone Coast region. The original parcel of land which was know as ‘Stonehaven’ is now the site of the current Wrattonbully vineyard. The region’s natural advantages provided the basis for productive and prosperous communities that have gone on to establish a long tradition of working the land. This is a heritage that today finds expression in viticulture and the production of fine wines.
The southermost of Stonehaven’s vineyards are to be found in the Coonawarra. This long established region is renowned for its rich and fertile ‘Terra Rossa’ soils and the magnificent full-bodied red wines that are associated with the area.
The Stonehaven holdings in the Padthaway region are extensive. The landscape is typically of vines receding to the horizon, interspersed with stands of huge eucalypts. The complex white and red wines emerging from the Padthaway vineyards are acknowledged as some of Australia’s finest.
Wrattonbully, the most recent vineyard development, is situated where the original ‘Stonehaven’ settlement was founded. The rich red soils and ample water that attracted the early settlers are equally compelling in establishing prime vineyards.
Stonehaven’s 12,000 tonne winery is strategically placed south of Padthaway, the gateway to the Limestone Coast region. It is one of the most technologically advanced in Australia, a country acknowledged globally for its technological innovations in the wine industry. The combination of these technological advantages with the winemaking expertise of Tom Newton has resulted in some of the very finest examples of premium Australian wine.
Each year, winemaker Tom Newton selects the finest parcels of regional fruit to create Stonehaven’s quality range of wines. These include four premium Limestone Coast wines: Chardonnay, Viognier, Shiraz and Cabernet Merlot, and three Limited Vineyard Release wines: Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon.
The Stonehaven cellar door & function centre, which sits close to Stonehaven winery, is more than a simple tasting outlet. A building of distinctive style and sophistication it is set amongst stands of huge and ancient red gums with vistas of vineyards stretching to the horizon. A fine Australian setting and an expression of the many positive virtues, both ancient and modern, which define Australia’s wine culture.