Currency Creek was established as a viticultural area in 1969 and the first vines planted are still contributing to the success of two of the region’s renowned wineries. Stretching from the coastal village of Port Elliot in the west to Lake Alexandrina in the east, the region is a great spot for tasting wines, watching whales from the coastline or spotting the hundreds of species of birds at Coorong National Park. The strongly maritime climate avoids the extremes of hot and cold temperatures and the region has an excellent ground water source, which is readily accessible through bores.
Captain Charles Sturt first explored this region when he travelled down the Murray River in 1829-30 and made his last campsite near what is now the town of Goolwa. However it was not until 1969 that Wally and Rosemary Tonkin planted one acre each of Riesling, Grenache, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. Today, the main wine styles produced include Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Shiraz.