Sub Regions of Coonawarra
- East Ripens early in sandy loam soils. Mulberry minty, aromas and flavours. Tannins are medium bodied.
- Central Ripens early in tarra rossa soils. Cassis black fruit tar/earth notes. Big tannins – classic Coonawarra.
- Glenroy Third to ripen in tarra rossa soils. Complex mineral, spicy & blueberry flavours. Tannins are firms and structured.
- Ironstone Fourth to ripen in tarra rossa and transitional soils. Cassis and blackberry fruit flavour with liquorice mint notes. Softer tannins.
- South Fifth to ripen in terra rossa and transitional soils. Perfumed cassis flower and violet aromas. Softer tannins. Leafy in cool years.
- West & South Penola Last to ripen in black soils and the odd terra rossa outcrop. Sandy loams on the east side. Savoury and leafy with earthy notes and pyrazines in most years.