The search for new districts that could produce premium wines at realistic prices led the Seppelts family to Padthaway in 1964.
Naturally they were inspired by the wonderful wines of Coonawarra yet land prices in Coonawarra were far too high. What they wanted was the Coonawarra taste at a more affordable price so they searched for a large block offering similar characters which would grow grapes at lower costs.
They found what they wanted at a place they called Keppoch, north of Coonawarra, where large scale vineyards could be developed at minimal cost-plus water was available. They were joined by Hardys and Lindemans, two other large companies and later by local landowners operating on a contract basis.
The scene was set, and wonderful wines were made and still are. Lindemans and Hardys preferred the name Padthaway so that is now the official name of this district. Consumer recognition has plummeted so this means beautiful wines at low prices can be purchased.
These are as great as those of Langhorne Creek and purchase is recommended.