Southern Flinders Ranges
is a South Australian wine
region, located east of Spencer Gulf
and north of the Clare Valley
. It is located to the east and north-east of Port Pirie
. Though vines have been planted in the area since the 1890s, the Southern Flinders Ranges is a relatively new wine-growing region
that began to emerged during the last 20 years of the 20th century. T. Stevenson "The Sotheby's Wine Encyclopedia"
pg 578-581 Dorling Kindersley 2005 ISBN 0-7566-1324-8
Climate and geography
Due to its close proximately to the Clare Valley, there are many similarities in the geological
features. Most of Southern Flinders vineyards
are located between 40 and 500 metres
(131 to 1640 feet
. Despite its northerly situation, the climate of the region can be described as warm and dry, rather than hot, being assisted in its relative mildness by its elevation and the maritime influences
of the Spencer Gulf to the south-west and southerly winds from Gulf St Vincent
. Located along the Goyder's Line
the area receives ample amount of rainfall and tends to harvest
earlier then the neighboring Clare and Barossa Valley
. Some vineyard still choose to irrigate
using underground water sources.
The region is often split into two sub-zones-the Baroota
Land System which includes the......