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Climate & soils
The summer months are generally warm and dry, with average temperatures considerably cooler than other Australian wine regions. In particular night time temperatures are much cooler than most surrounding wine regions.
The Adelaide Hills receives a higher rainfall compared with other wine regions, with rain occurring mainly during the winter months, although rainfall does vary across the region. The further you travel east from Mount Lofty rainfall drops dramatically.
For example annual rainfall for Mount Lofty is approximately 1400mm, whereas annual rainfall for Charleston, which is 10km north east of Mount Lofty, is approximately 850mm. Mean January Temperature (MJT) and Degree Days (DD) also vary from the cooler to warmer areas of the Adelaide Hills, with Stirling MJT 18.2oC and 1172DD, while Kersbrook has a MJT 20.4oC and 1583DD.
The geography and climate of the region has contributed to soils that are highly variable in structure and chemistry. However, in general terms, they can be described as a mixture of sandy loams, loams and clay loams over clay subsoils that vary in structure, although it is not unusual to find these soils combined with shale and ironstone. They are generally acidic and in some cases neutral in pH, but rarely alkaline.
Soil depth is also variable due to topography, which can range from steep slopes to undulating hills, resulting in shallow stony soils to the top of hills and deep peat-like clays at the bottom of hills.
The variation in topography and soil type can affect vine growth, and contributes greatly to wine style. Low lying areas with heavy soils provide potential for greater vigour, while higher well drained stony soil allow better vigour control, both of which can be utilised depending on the variety and wine style required.