August 11, 2020 / By Jacqueline Alanne
When you think of South Australian wines, you'd be forgiven for focusing on the iconic Barossa Valley, world-famous McLaren Vale, or prized Clare Valley region - but what about the Limestone coast? Home to Coonawarra, of course! Popular with weekenders, and loved by winemakers for its Terra Rossa soil, you might be surprised how many Limestone coast wines you know and already enjoy! Here's a hit list of some of my favourites plus some local icons to experience on your next getaway.
Wynns Coonawarra Estate
One of the most recognisable labels in South Australian bottle shops, the Wynns label is synonymous with the Coonawarra region. Proudly home to award winning wine makers and viticulturists, Wynns is equal parts clever craftsmanship and quality of vine and soil. If you can’t look past Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, you simply can’t look past Wynns in Coonawarra!
Located in the seaside town of Robe, Karatta wines are one of those clever wineries that opt to open their cellar door on the main street of their town. Right in the heart of Robe, behind a charming little shop front, Karatta wines embrace their connection to the ocean with little nautical touches throughout. With a wide range of varietal wines, there’s something for everyone at Karatta.
Di Giorgio Wines
We love the family traditions that run throughout the Coonawarra! Another recognisable label, Di Giorgio dabble in all sorts of varietals. A trip to their Coonawarra cellar door will take you through whites and reds, sparkling, and maybe a little fortified to finish off. Take a couple of Piccolos for the road!
Located in the smaller region of Padthaway just outside of Naracoorte, Padthaway Estate Winery is home to a stunning old homestead on 120 acres of manicured vineyards. This spot is worth a visit as much for the history and a sneak-peek around the building, which now operates as both cellar door and B&B.
Well known for their big reds, Majella in Coonawarra is one of those winery boxes that you just have to tick. You’ve probably already tasted their Shiraz or Cab Sauv - maybe their Rosé? With their cellar door open every day, there’s no excuse not to check out this style of winery when you’re weekending in the Coonawarra.
Fittingly found on Limestone Coast Road, Wangolina is a cruisey stop on your Limestone Coast wine journey. Pop in for a tasting and a platter showcasing local produce, or time your weekend visit with one of their famed events on the lawns. This is another winery that work with a large scope of varietals, so there’s something for your friend that drinks only sparkling, and your big red buddy too!
The passion this couple have for their wines transcends into everything they do. Located 30km North of Robe, Cape Jaffa wines express the land, people, and creative nature of their owners. With a variety of Shiraz made under their different range lines, as well as white and red blends, Cape Jaffa believe in a more casual approach to tasting, making your enjoyment their key priority. You can’t go past a few with a view on their verandah.
Governor Robe Wines
Another cheeky winery that’s found its cellar door home on Robe’s main street, Governor Robe’s ‘The Attic House’ cellar door is a transporting little slice of history in itself. Settle in in front of the fire with a glass, but first, taste through the Governor Robe selection of estate-grown wines, spanning from Chardonnay, to Pinot Noir, to Shiraz.
One of the oldest wineries in Coonawarra, the history of Katnook dates back to the 1800s John Riddoch, a name you’ll become familiar with after a little time in the region - but you may already be familiar with their Founders Block range. Visit to take in the beautiful estate, for an enlightening history lesson, and a cheese plate overlooking the vines!
A bit of a Coonawarra icon, Hollick's buildings alone are steeped in history - and it’s more than likely you’ve tried a couple of their wines over the years. Priding themselves on innovation and not being afraid to try something new, the Hollick family’s wines span both classic Rhone varietals, and include a Barbera, Tempranillo, and even a sparkling Merlot. Proud of being the first winery restaurant in the Coonawarra region, time your visit to ‘Upstairs at Hollick’ around lunch time.
Three generations of the Zema family have tirelessly worked to build a legacy that brings them together. The importance of family is obvious in the naming of their premium wines – The Family Selection. Known far and wide for their Cabernet Sauvignon, visit this Coonawarra winery for a taste of reds made with love and pride.
This is by no means an exhaustive list! Whether you choose to stay in Penola, Coonawarra, Robe, or beyond, pick and choose your wineries in clusters to make the most of your weekend away.
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