Coonawarra's secret lies in the magical marriage of rich red Terra Rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season and is part of the Limestone Coast Wine Region. 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 Riddoch. Taking its name from Aboriginal word "honeysuckle", Coonawarra's famous strip of rich, red Terra Rossa 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. Riddoch's first vintage was in 1897. The Penola Fruit Colony became known as Coonawarra. Riddoch's original cellars, now Wynns Coonawarra Estate, is a local landmark and popular tourist attraction.
For More Information on Coonawarra visit http://coonawarra.org/
Coonawarra offers more than twenty Cellar Door Sales for visitors to taste quality premium wines. A comprehensive list of Cellar Doors and their open times are available at the Penola Coonawarra Visitor Centre on (08) 8737 2855 or Email Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre
Some of the Cellar Doors are
BYO bike to take advantage of the Cycle Trails brochure, which is available at the Visitor Information Centre. Trails include the Heritage, Penola, Shiraz, Conservation Park, Red Gum & Winery, Kalangadoo & Nangwarry, Yallum Park and Bool Lagoon. All rides begin in Penola.
Coonawarra Park located in the centre of Coonawarra. BBQ facilities, picnic area, play equipment, shelter and toilet facilities.
The Coonawarra Community Town Plan was adopted on the 13 June 2017
Coonawarra is a community that’s vibrant, passionate, sophisticated and unique – one that will continue to honour tradition while embracing innovation and nurturing sustainable viticulture for the future.
Coonawarra will be nationally and internationally recognised as a progressive, world class wine-growing and tourism region, whose unique culture is embodied in its wine and its people.
Community Town Plans
Wattle Range Council has developed 10-year town plans with each township. Each town plan can be viewed at Community Town Plans.