Though Padthaway’s soil is not quite as rich as that of the Coonawarra region, it is a wonder that this region is not more prominent. With vines growing in terra rossa (red earth), wineries include Padthaway Estate (PMB 52, Millicent, (08) 8734 3031), where visitors can also taste the wines of Browns of Padthaway. The winery’s 1882 Padthaway Homestead has a restaurant and accommodation, and is situated near the red gums and stringybarks of Padthaway Conservation Park. Stonehaven (Riddoch Hwy, Padthaway, (08) 8765 6166) is a large, modern operation producing quality, wellpriced wine including chardonnay.

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