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The unique cigar-shaped strip of rich terra rossa soil that defines the region is a one-of-a-kind narrow ridge of earth, just 27 kilometres long and two clicks wide, is known for producing incomparable red wines – in particular, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.

The result of mother nature

A geographical wonder, the Coonawarra landscape was forged over a million years, the result of Mother Nature weaving her stunning magic. Beginning under the waters of the Great Southern Ocean, today’s famous terra rossa soil – the essence of this winemaking region – is the slow and steady result of melting ice caps, seabeds forming into limestone, and winds blowing air-borne dust. And it all settled above an ancient reservoir of pure water.

Unique Geology

It’s this unique geology, coupled with a Mediterranean-esque climate of warm days and cool nights, plus a long and mild growing season, that give the wines of Coonawarra their distinct, outstanding qualities – quite unlike anything from anywhere else in the world.

It was here in Coonawarra that a modest winery – with an unusual and intriguing name – was established. It was one of the first in the region, and one that would stand the test of time.

Things To Do in Coonawarra

The Coonawarra Walking Trails

The Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail is an easy walk through the vineyards and between the wineries giving you a behind the scenes glimpse of viticulture and winemaking practices in Coonawarra. It includes 6 wineries and is just under 5 kilometres in length.

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Mount Gambier

One Location. Unlimited Experiences.

Mount Gambier is at the heart of a natural wonderland, where your journey will captivate at every turn. From stunning sunken gardens, blue lakes to intriguing limestone caves, these formations have been thousands of years in the making and ready for you to explore.


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Coonawarra Store

A characteristic store offering homemade food and produce, Amanti coffee, a ‘blend your own’ tea bar and an Australia Post outlet. We are a perfect stop along the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail with local wine and gifts. We use fresh, local and seasonal produce where possible and can cater for functions with personalised menus.

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Di’s Gifts ‘n’ Flowers

Gifts! Gifts! Gifts! Fresh Flowers. Mezzie and Frank Chalk Paint. Dry cleaning agency. “Something for everyone” Open 7 days. Di’s Gifts ‘n’ Flowers 43 Church Street Penola || Also 3×2 bedroom self contained bed and breakfast cottages.

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Getting here


14860 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra SA 5263

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8 min (4.1 km) from Coonawarra via McLean Rd and Riddoch Hwy/A66
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