If you like rich, colourful wines, you’ll love Coonawarra. Coonawarra is the Limestone Coast’s main wine region. Often called Australia’s “other red centre”, its premium red wines have won many awards. Its Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally renowned and its Shiraz isn’t far behind. The region’s terra rossa soil (red soil found on limestone) is perfect for grape growing.
Coonawarra is a small region, only 20 kilometres long and two kilometres wide. Despite this, it is home to more than 24 cellar doors. They’re close together and well signposted, so you’ll find them easily.
What would later become Wynns Coonawarra Estate produced its first vintage in 1896. The Wynn family took over the vineyard and winery in 1951 and it is now one of the region’s most recognisable wineries. Make your own blend on a unique winemaking experience or take home your own personalised bottle.
Taste several Coonawarra labels under one roof at the Coonawarra Wine Gallery. Try Jamieson’s Run, Mildara and Lindeman’s Coonawarra range. There’s also a cheese platter, tea, coffee and ales.
Hollick Wines’ cellar door is modern and features a restaurant. Its floor to ceiling windows enable visitors to see into its barrel shed.
Watch the winemakers at work at Leconfield Wines. Leconfield is renowned for its Cabernet Sauvignon, which is more fruit than oak-driven.
Stay overnight at the Yalumba Menzies Retreat. With beautiful views over the surrounding environment, taste the premium Menzies’ wine range.
Zema Estate is a family owned and operated winery. The family proudly uses the “vine to wine” process, hand pruning the vines, bottling and packaging it on-site.
Relax on the decking and admire the roses at Balnaves of Coonawarra. Try award-winning wine at its cellar door.
Two bronze stallions mark the entrance to Rymill Coonawarra. See the winemaking process unfold from the elevated viewing platforms.
With a big reputation for reds, Coonawarra is the perfect place to compare them. Its wineries are so close together, it’s easy to visit a few in a day.
Of course, you could stay longer.