COONAWARRA THE WINE REGION
Coonawarra is a 56 km drive from Mt Gambier. This area is known as the Wine region because that is all you will find here. It is famous for the full bodied reds grown in the highly prized terra rossa soil over limestone. The area has given rise to many of the nations finest drops and has a world wide reputation for unique flavour and quality. Coonawarra has won more Jimmy Watson trophies for Australia's best one year old red wine thanany other region22 cellar doors sale outlets are very closely situated and you wont have a shortage of wines to taste.Most of the wines we tried were dry reds so if you dont like a nice dry you may be disappointed
Mmmm ...... wine!
Coonawarra is famous for wines. It is a predominent and very large grape growing area in Australia. Famous for full bodied reds and rich terra rossa soil.
The 'Coonawarra Cigar' as it is known, is a single 20 kilometre strip of the famous limestone-based soil, where the 25 cellar doors can all be found along one straight stretch of the Riddoch Highway. How convenient??!
Located 60 kilometres inland, Coonawarra's climate is predominately maritime, with cold and wet winters, warm summers and a long ripening season. Although Shiraz was virtually the only wine grape grown in Coonawarra from 1900 to 1950, the true champion of the region is undoubtedly Cabernet Sauvignon. Today about 50 per cent of all vines are Cabernet Sauvignon and 21 per cent Shiraz, with other varieties including Riesling, Chardonnay, Merlot and Pinot Noir.
Now that the technical is out of the way, this would have to be one of my most fave things to do in the whole world. Jump in the car, drive only an hour or so up the road, have your pick of so many fabulous places to have a wonderful lunch, buy a few bottles, get back in the car, buy another few bottles up the road, then head back into Penola, spend up at the lollie shop, have a look in the gift shop at Koonara, then head home. What a fabulous day. Made even more special if you aren't driving!