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Coonawarra and Penola Wine Region SA

The Coonawarra Wine Region in the Limestone Coast Zone includes wineries near the townships Coonawarra and Penola. The Limestone Coast has a Mediterranean style climate with cool, wet winters and long, mild, dry summers. Generally rainfall tends to decrease northwards and away from the coast, from an annual maximum of 850 mm near Mount Burr to 450 mm near Keith and Bordertown. Coonawarra has been a inspiration for the Australian wine industry for over 120 years, exporting fortifieds in the late 1800s and providing the crux for many of our most famous wines in the 30s, 40s and 50s long before its global reputation as a fine wine region was established. The Coonawarra and Penola area boomed in the period from 1960-1990, justifiably, claiming the mantra as Australia’s leading Cabernet Sauvignon region. It remains one of only three or four Australian geographic wine names that is easily recalled by consumers worldwide. Coonawarra is region that has a singular story based on a unique cigar-shaped strip of terra rossa soil over limestone. Terra rossa (Italian for red soil) is a type of red clay produced by the weathering of limestone over many thousands of years and coloured by iron oxide. Free draining yet complemented by the water holding capacity of the limestone, the unique soil influences vine vigour, ripeness and wine flavour.

The Limestone Coast Wine Region includes nine districts : Padthaway ; Robe ; Wrattonbully ; Kingston SE ; Mount Gambier ; Mount Benson ; Lucindale ; Bordertown Coonawarra

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Balnaves of Coonawarra, SA  15517 Riddoch Highway Coonawarra SA 5263
Balnaves of Coonawarra is a small family owned wine company in the heart of the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip and we are very proud of the wines we produce. The awards we win are testament to our commitment to quality and never ending quest to produce the best wines.

BLOK Estate, SA  Lot 1 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
The Blok Coonawarra is one of the smallest wineries in Coonawarra but don’t let our size fool you, we pack a punch! Producing outstanding wines that reflect our passion for the region.

Bowen Estate, SA  15459 Riddoch Highway Coonawarra SA 5263
Our family owned and operated business is the dream of Doug and Joy Bowen and has gradually been evolving over the past 40 years. It now involves their daughter, Emma and her husband, Alistair. Located on prime Coonawarra terra rossa soil we produce a small quintessential range of classic Coonawarra wines. It is our estate grown, hand pruned grapes that help make our bench mark wines that reflect the true characteristics of Coonawarra - destinct varietal aromas, rounded flavours and soft balanced tannins.

Brand's Laira Coonawarra, SA  14860 Riddoch Highway Coonawarra SA 5263
Established in 1893 the Brand's Laira vineyards are situated in the heart of the legendary 'Terra Rossa' region of Coonawarra. Unwind in our state of the art cellar door and taste our award winning wines. Peer into Eric Brand's shed where Brand's Laira wines were originally made for a glimpse of yesteryear. Find us on Facebook to hear more about what is going on at our Coonawarra winery!

Coonawarra Jack Winery, SA  15025 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
Coonawarra Jack Winery is a must when heading to the south's famous wine region. Established in 2011, Coonawarra Jack Winery is family owned and operated, providing visitors with an all-round vineyard experience complete with cellar door and the spacious, inviting Coonawarra Jack Cafe. After you've explored the winery grounds, take a seat in the cafe’s casual interior or enjoy the lush vineyard views from the al fresco seating area and let the friendly staff see to your breakfast or lunch.

DiGiorgio Family Wines, SA  Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
Peter Douglas, DiGiorgio Family Wines winemakerPeter, often referred to as 'Coonawarra's master of Cabernet', has tremendous experience in the district, having been chief winemaker at Wynns Coonawarra Estate for 14 years. Peter has also traveled extensively, making wine in France, Italy, Tunisia and the Americas as well as consulting to many clients in the Limestone Coast. Peter is passionate about the Limestone Coast and Coonawarra, and their place amongst the great wine regions of the world. "I can think of other winemaking regions around the world where it would also be nice to reside, but Coonawarra is the best place to be if you want to make great wines every vintage", Peter Douglas. Assisting Peter in the winery is Bryan Tonkin. Bryan has many years experience in varied winemaking roles on the Limestone Coast and beyond, and along with an experienced team of cellar hands, carries out the important tasks associated with running a modern winery and ensures that ultimate quality is maintained throughout the winemaking process.

Flint's of Coonawarra, SA  Flint Road, Coonawarra SA
Since 1840 the Flint family have been running Flint's of Coonawarra Winery and all that hard work has paid off. The success of this winery can be partly attributed to the terra rossa soil, recognized as the world’s finest red wine producing soil. The moderately warm days and cool nights of this region make for an excellent recipe to ripen the fruit. The two vineyards are called ‘Rostrevor’ and ‘Gammons Crossing’ has a total of approximately 15 and a half hectares. These vineyards are producing superb wine at an incredible rate and have won some recognized awards.

Highbank Wines, SA  11 Maaoupe Road Coonawara SA 5263
Highbank Wines has been dubbed "Coonawarra's Artisan" by wine writer, Neale Martin from eRobertParker.com, and one visit will confirm that view. Highbank Wines is a classic, small, family winery in the heart of Coonawarra on a raised section of rich, red, terra rossa soil - the soil that makes the Coonawarra such a prized wine region world wide. No better centralised location. Furthermore, gorgeous, luxurious accommodation nestled in the heart of the family vineyard is a privilege to worthy of any true wine lover seeking a full immersion experience of terroir! Walk or Drive to many additional CELLAR DOORS.

Hollick Wines, SA  Cnr Ravenswood Lane & Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
In 1974 Ian Hollick purchased a piece of grazing land on the southern end of the Coonawarra district. This small block of land was one of the original allocations in the Coonawarra Fruit Colony which John Riddoch founded in 1890. It was never developed as a fruit block, but instead was the site of a tannery, and later a dairy farm. In 1975 the Hollick's commenced developing this vineyard, progressively planting Cabernet Sauvignon, Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc. Ian Hollick's involvement with viticulture goes way back to his childhood in Mildura as the son of a soldier settler fruit blocker. After studying Agricultural Science at Dookie Agricultural College, and a tenure with Mildara Wines Coonawarra as National Vineyard Manager, Ian, along with Wendy, launched Hollick Wines in 1983.

Jack Estate, SA  15025 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra SA 5263
Located in the heart of Coonawarra’s Premium Wine Region is Jack Estate - one of the regions up and coming wine producers. Jack Estate is a family owned and operated winery, passionate and dedicated to growing and producing premium quality wines that showcase the very best of Coonawarra’s prime ‘terra rossa’ soil. As our motto states, we believe it is important to respect traditional winemaking techniques while creating premium wines for wine lovers to enjoy long into the future. We warmly welcome you.

Katnook Estate, SA  Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra SA
Katnook lies in the heart of the fabled Coonawarra region, South Australia. With a history stretching back to 1867, Katnook has two wines in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines, two Jimmy Watson trophies and a five-star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2019. Katnook is also the official wine for Opera Australia, the nation's largest arts organisation, and proud supporters of the Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne. Katnook is home to some of Australia’s finest terra rossa vineyards. Step inside John Riddoch’s beautifully restored, historic limestone building, now our Cellar Door, to taste our wines and find out why we are in the Trip Advisor Hall of Fame.

Koonara Wines, SA  44 Church Street Penola SA 5257
Koonara Wines is based in the Coonawarra Region in South Australia. You can come and taste our wines at our Cellar door in Penola. Koonara Wines started as a family winery in Coonawarra region and has now expanded its range. Firstly to Apollo Bay with a lovely gift shop and cellar door on the main street with the Bay of Apostles. Most recently expanded to Mt Gambier region selling the new Tempting wines through their gift shop and cellar door Loaves and Fishes based at the lovely beach side town of Robe, SA. Every year since 1991, 30 Cases of Koonara has been made for family and friends. Finally in 1999, we decided to make our wine available for the public, so we made a very limited number of cases, held back to give our wines a chance to mature in the bottle. Our vineyards are naturally kept at an average of just over 2 tonnes an acre (no bunch selection or thinning). We believe quality is paramount in creating a wine which is not only good, but consistent each year.

Majella Wines, SA  2131 V&a Ln, Coonawarra SA 5263
Majella makes some of the finest wines in Coonawarra. Famed for our reds, we have also gained a reputation for our wonderful Sparkling Shiraz and more recently for one of Coonawarra's nicest Rieslings.

Parker Estate Coonawarra, SA  Naracoorte Road Coonawarra SA 5255
"One of the top estates in Australia, let alone Coonawarra, and the gloss and depth of fruit in this brilliant Cab are simply breathtaking." - Matthew Jukes & Tyson Stelzer - Best 365 wines - Taste Food Wine. John and Faye Parker established Parker Coonawarra Estate in 1985 after a career-long interest in the region. Today, the still privately owned Parker Coonawarra Estate is committed to John Parker's standards of excellence, and producing the most faithful expression of Cabernet Sauvignon from the celebrated Terra Rossa soils of the Coonawarra growing region.

Patrick of Coonawarra, SA  Cnr Riddoch Highway and Ravenswood Lane, Coonawarra SA
Patrick of Coonawarra invites you to experience a unique range of premium wines with style, quality and elegance, produced in the heart of the Coonawarra region in South Australia. Patrick Tocaciu is the winemaker behind the Patrick of Coonawarra label, boasting a decorated career spanning more than three decades. Wherever Patrick goes, a very fine reputation for quality wine will follow. After lending his signature talent to several major labels, the focus has now switched to fulfilling....

Punters Corner, SA  Corner Riddoch Highway and Racecourse Road, Coonawarra SA
Our winemaking process combines all the precision and skill of science, with the intuition and inspiration of art. It’s time to discover the expertise that goes into creating some of South Australia’s most stunning wines.

Raidis Estate, SA  147 Church Street Penola SA 5277
Raidis Estate - 'created for good food and good friends.' Welcome to Raidis Estate, the youngest winery in the renowned wine growing region of Coonawarra. Launched in 2008 with a Basket-Pressed Cabernet Sauvignon and an exciting and fresh 2008 Riesling. In 2009 an exciting release of 'The Pup' was realised - a fresh and delightful Sauvignon Blanc. Please click through to read more about Raidis Estate, our wines, our vineyards, or to purchase a case or two.

Redman Wines, SA  14830 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra SA 5263
Step back in time to discover how Bill Redman laid down roots in Coonawarra in 1908, and began a long-held winemaking tradition. Redman's wines are made in the vineyard, with the fruit from our 20- to 100-year-old vines planted in our famous terra rossa soil.

Rymill Coonawarra, SA  Clayfield Road Coonawarra SA 5263
Welcome to Rymill Coonawarra, our winery is located in the heart of the Coonawarra district. Established in 1974, and now run by John Rymill, great- great grandson of John Riddoch, the founder of Coonawarra, Rymills distinctive winery lies in the heart of this famous region. Grapes grown exclusively in their own Coonawarra vineyards reflect the perfect combination of unique terra rossa soil and the ideal cool climate for which the district is renowned. Winemaker Sandrine Gimon works with vines between 18 and 38 years of age, which allow her to make wines of substance and character Our region, South Australias Limestone Coast is home to a wonderful array of great experiences; explore what we have to offer.

Wynns Coonawarra Estate, SA  1 Memorial Drive Coonawarra SA 5263
Welcome to the heritage listed three-gabled Wynns Coonawarra Estate winery, 380kms south east of Adelaide, South Australia, and 450kms west of Melbourne, Victoria. A visit to our cellar door, located within the Gables building, enables you to taste our current release wines, plus a sampling or our cellar door exclusive wines. There is also an extensive list of our rare and hard to find back vintage wines and magnums. Our knowledgeable and friendly staff will leave you with an unforgettable and educational experience from your time spent with us at Wynns.

Zema Estate, SA  Riddoch Highway Coonawarra SA 5263
Established in 1982, Zema Estate is a small family owned and operated winery located in the heart of Australia's Coonawarra wine region. The Zema family is proudly traditional in the 'vine to wine' process, from hand pruning and dry land viticulture through to bottling and packaging our wine on-site. The Zema Estate range of Coonawarra wines have been hand crafted for your enjoyment and are renowned for their consistency, intense rich fruit and excellent varietal definition.