Grapes were first planted back in the 1980s, by local farmers who realised that the unique terrain and climate of the area made for excellent wine production. Eventually, the wines produced here were recognised for having their own distinct character and taste thanks to the maritime-influenced cool climates.
Mount Benson – Cellar Door Tastings & Wine Region Map, South Australia
Red grapes make up 75% of all the grapes here, with a majority of the plantations dedicated to cabernet sauvignon followed by merlot, shiraz, cabernet franc, pinot noir, and Petit Verdot. Among the white varieties, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Semillon, Viognier, and Verdelho are nationally acclaimed wines.
Many of the restaurants around this region sell these locally produced wines, so if you don’t have time to travel from cellar door to cellar door, make sure to ask for a local glass of wine on your next visit to South Australia!
Mount Benson is conveniently located between the large townships of Robe and Kingston SE. It is also proximate to the other popular wine growing regions in South Australia including Coonawarra, Penola, Mount Gambier and Wrattonbully.
Just 20 kilometres away from Mount Benson is the alluring seaside town of Robe. Some of the activities to be enjoyed here include fishing or unwinding at the laid-back marina.
Visitors come to this area not just for the superb wine, but the laid-back lifestyle evident in the grazing sheep that you see while on the road. When combined with the stunning nearby beaches, a visit to Mount Benson is one that will recharge the mind, body, and soul.