Coonawarra is part of the Limestone Coast Wine Region. Its secret lies in the magical marriage of rich red terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season. Coonawarra offers visitors wine tasting at in excess of twenty cellar doors. This world famous wine region pays homage to another forebear, Scottish pastoralist John Roddoch. Taking its name from Aboriginal word "honeysuckle", Coonawarra's famous strip of rich, red terra roassa soil sitting atop deep limestone beds has given rise to many of the nations finest drops, with a worldwide reputation for unique flavour and quality. Cabernet Sauvignon has become the region's flagship drop, and Coonawarra has won more Jimmy Watson trophies for Australia's best one-year-old red wine than any other wine district.
Coonawarra is located approximately 10kms north of Penola on the Riddoch Highway. Coonawarra is 60kms east of Millicent via Penola, and 80kms east of Beachport via Kangaroo Inn.
The local industries of Coonawarraare viticulture, agriculture, horticulture and tourism. In 1890 John Riddoch subdivided 1000 acres, which he sold to local people to establish the Penola Fruit Colony. Riddochs first vintage was in 1897. The Penola Fruit Colony became known as Coonawarra. Riddochs original cellars, now Wynns Coonawarra Estate, is a local landmark and popular tourist attraction.
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