Experience Karatta Wines
Visit our Tasting Room on the Main Street of lovely, downtown Robe in the historic Wilsons Saddlery building at 5 Victoria Street.
Open Every day during Summer Holidays and Weekends thereafter, 11am – 4pm
Experience the wines grown in our unique coastal hinterland vineyards of the cool, maritime Robe GI – a windswept landscape that produces wines of subtlety, litheness and beauty.
Each of our wines, is grown at our 12 Mile and Tenison Vineyards in the Robe GI with elevage taking place in our winery situated beside the vines at 12 Mile.
Karatta Wines is owned by David & Peg Woods, wine lovers who established their farm, Griffin Pastoral Company in 1975, some 43 years ago. In the late 90’s they planted Tenison Vineyard, purchasing 12 Mile and the winery in the early 00’s in order to produce wines rather than just sell fruit. Today, we strive to craft wines which encapsulate our unique piece of ancient seabed soils, maritime winds, and cool temps. Our Robe vineyards are truly exceptional examples of Australian terroir.
Our Winery and Vineyards are located at the family property on the Limestone Coast, just a leisurely, 10 minute drive from the township centre of Robe on the road towards Coonawarra, the Robe-Penola Road.
Karatta Wines offers two locations for your Tasting Experience depending on the size of the group and what you’d like to enjoy whilst visiting our region:
Karatta Wines Tasting Room offers casual tastings and platters and is located in the historic Wilson’s Saddlery building at 5 Victoria Street in lovely, downtown Robe .
Karatta Vineyards & Winery casual tastings catering for up to 50 guests at a time, can accommodate winery tours and lunch organised with local producers by prior arrangement
Learn about the Process
Karatta Wines is located in the Robe region with an extensive portfolio of estate grown wines. We are committed to the production of ready to drink and age-worthy wines that authentically reflect our maritime climate: characterised by lithe, elegant reds and crisp, snappy whites which are typically less bombastic than wines from the warmer growing regions of SA.
Karatta has two vineyards, Tenison and 12 Mile.
“Tenison Vineyard” is located close to our original farm known as “Frog Island”. This farm has been in the family for over 20 years. Established in 1997, the Tenison Vineyard is named after a family relative and local identity, Father Julian Tenison Woods. The vineyard is ideally situated on the east facing slopes of the Dairy Range.
“12 Mile Vineyard” was acquired in 2003 in association with the 12 Mile Winery. This vineyard is exactly 12 miles from Robe via the main road and is near the first camp used by the Chinese during the Great Trek from Robe to the Victorian gold fields near Ballarat.
Tenison Vineyard has the famous terra rossa soil over limestone whilst 12 Mile has more sandy loam over the eponymous limestone. Being very close to the Great Southern Ocean, we benefit from a maritime climate, more expressly, the Bonney Upwelling, which brings cool winds from the ocean across our vineyards, slowing and lengthening ripening periods. This leads to greater balance between tannins and acids, creating grapes perfect for fine wine.