Coonawarra Tourism & Travel
Situated on the Limestone Coast of South Australia in the Wattle Range region, some 374kms southeast of Adelaide, Coonawarra is famous for its award-winning wines from the unique Coonawarra Wine Region and is home to some 310 souls.
Coonawarra Wine Region
The Coonawarra Wine Region boasts over 20 cellar doors and wineries. It is internationally famed for its Cabernet Sauvignon and other award-winning red and white wines. Visitors can sample the regions unique range at the many cellar doors and wine trails.
Coonawarra district history is on display at the John Riddoch Centre and the Hydrocarbon Centre offers an insight into the natural gas discoveries of the Limestone Coast region. The John Shaw Neilson art collection is not to be missed, with displays of winning entries of the annual Penola Coonawarra Art Festival. For a touch of nature, the Coonawarra Park consists of beautifully landscaped grounds and the Coonawarra Centenary Sculpture which commemorates the beginnings of the fruit colony in this area of SA.
The nearby town of Penola and Coonawarra host vibrant festivals and events every year; the Arts Festival, Cabernet Celebrations, Vignerons Cup and the Petanque Tournament. Visitors can sample the regions world renowned wines at the Coonawarra After Dark Weekend, and enjoy a day at the horse races at the Coonawarra Cup.
Coonawarra Restaurants and Cafes
Delicious local produce, fine foods and excellent local wines are served at the cafes, hotels and restaurants throughout the Penola and Coonawarra region.
John Riddoch planted the first vines at Yallum, South Australia in 1890. The Penola Fruit Colony prospered until the start of the First World War and then was hit hard by the Great Depression in the 1930s when the original Riddoch cellars were converted to a distillery. Only the Redman family of Rouge Homme continued to produce table wine during this period, during which Shiraz was the main grape variety in the Coonawarra Wine Region.
In 1951, Samuel Wynn recognised the potential of the strip of terra rossa soil red earth, and purchased the original Riddoch cellars. Along with Penforlds, Wynns of Coonawarra played a lead role in the change from fortified wines to table wines being the main wines of Australia.