Nicknamed ‘Australia’s other red centre’, the Coonawarra region is a premier destination for lovers of fine wine.
The Coonawarra region is recognised as one of Australia’s best red wine producers but there is so much more to this part of the Limestone Coast. By road, Coonawarra is 380 kilometres south of Adelaide and 424 kilometres west of Melbourne. Allow four to five hours for both drives.
The history of the district is on display at the John Riddoch Centre. A visit to the John Shaw Neilson art collection is a must, with displays of winning entries from the annual Penola Coonawarra Art Festival.
For nature lovers, visit Coonawarra Park consisting of beautifully landscaped grounds and the Coonawarra Centenary Sculpture which commemorates the beginnings of the fruit colony in this area of South Australia.
A jam-packed calendar of festivals, events and wine tastings throughout the year create a lively atmosphere in the region. Wherever you stay will be centrally located given its compact nature, making it quick and easy to travel between cellar doors, restaurants, shops and attractions. Coonawarra and Penola offer a range of accommodation options from cosy bed and breakfasts, hotel accommodation, caravan and camping facilities, and four-star motels.
You’re never too far away from the next cellar door with the Coonawarra offering around 25 cellar doors, but apart from wine you can also indulge in craft beer and traditional cider. The wineries are all close together so you can even walk the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail.
The secret of the red wine, especially the Cabernet Sauvignon, is the rich red ‘terra rossa’ soil married with limestone, pure underground water and a ripening season which is long and cool climate.
The region also offers visitors a selection of fresh local produce and dining experiences. Choose from an array of dining options including casual eateries and contemporary restaurants with some of South Australia’s best regional dining experiences.
The Coonawarra region is the perfect place to relax with a glass or two and enjoy country hospitality at its best.