Eyre Peninsula is home to a small number of boutique vineyards located on lower Eyre Peninsula, with 92 hectares under vine and four commercially operating wineries. The region is also home to the closest vineyard to the sea in Australia.
Varieties of grapes grown include Chardonnay, Riesling, Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Grenache, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot and Viognier.
Eyre Peninsula offers unique growing conditions with a variety of soil types, producing grapes with diverse flavour profiles and characteristics. In addition, each vineyard is located in its own sub-climate which creates different growing and harvesting conditions.
Eyre Peninsula is influenced by maritime conditions, with cooling sea breezes in the summer and warmer breezes in the winter. These warmer conditions in winter make for a frost-free environment – one of the few places in South Australia that experience this – resulting in less mildew problems. However, hot northerly conditions in summer provide some challenges for white grape varieties.