Kangaroo Island Wine Growing region
Kangaroo Island is Australia’s 3rd largest island. As a wine growing region it is part of the greater Fleurieu zone. The region was registered as an Australian Geographical Indication under the Wine Australia Act of 1980. As of 2014 Shiraz was the most widely planted variety followed not too far behind by Cabernet Sauvignon then Chardonnay – we have all 3 varieties in our Springs Road Vineyard.
Winters on Kangaroo Island (June to September) are mild and wet, while summers (December to February) are warm and dry. August tends to be the coolest month of the year and February is the hottest, while from May to September is when Kangaroo Island experiences its rainy season.
KI’s key climatic influence is the Southern Ocean. Breezes off the ocean help cool the island is summer. KI gets plenty of sunny days to help ripen the grapes, but these cooling ocean breezes help offset any spikes in summer heat. The maritime breezes also ensure nice cool night-time temperatures during ripening in February/ March.