Our Geography

Our Geography

One of the premium wine grape growing regions of the world, the Clare Valley has three parallel valleys, each with a unique expression of distinctive terroir, varying in altitute, rainfall and soil sub structure.

Despite covering a relatively small area, the numerous sub regions of the valley exhibit individual micro-climates that particularly favour Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Grenache, while altitude variation from 300m to 600m results in vastly different terroir.

Our terroir is of great importance; the synergy of place, soil, climate and people - the elements which ensure each vineyard's unique qualities. Kilikanoon's vineyards have been carefully selected to enable a range of wines which express the individuality of their respective regions. At the southern end of Leasingham lies the Golden Hillside, the heart of Kilikanoon's Estate vineyards that comprise Mort's Block, Covenant, Walton's and Attunga, while adjacent to the original Kilikanoon cottage, now its cellar door, is the Tregea vineyard in the cooler and rugged Skilly Valley.

Additionally, soils vary through the valley, from red brown 'terra rossa' over limestone, through to black alluvial soils in low lying areas.

The diurnal temperature variation, hot days and cool nights, in Clare Valley is key to creating powerful and elegant wines, beautifully balanced with ripe fruit, natural acidity, tannin and oak.