Taking its name from the original pastoral station established in the region in 1847, Padthaway began taking shape in 1952 as the centre of a soldier settlement scheme, 290 km south-east of Adelaide.
The name, in fact, is a corruption of an Aboriginal word meaning ‘good water’, which, combined with the soil structure, might explain the area's relatively recent explosion on the Australian wine scene.
After the discovery of a strip of earth with a structure very similar to the terra rossa soils of the famous Coonawarra region about 80 km to the south, the first vines were planted at Padthaway in 1968 and quickly transformed marginal grazing land into a top wine-producing strip. And since the mid-80s, Padthaway wines, particularly whites, have been regular winners of major awards.
Amid the gathering vines, pioneer homesteader Robert Lawson's original cottage stands witness to the glory grazing days when the family worked a 32,400 ha property. The cottage is the historic centrepiece of Padthaway Estate, one of South Australia's more innovative residential enclaves.