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Coonawarra, South Australia
Located approximately 380kms south of Adelaide, 424kms west of Melbourne, the wine region of Coonawarra is only 10kms from the historic town of Penola.
Sometimes described as ‘the Bordeaux of Australia’ Coonawarra is regarded as home to some of Australia’s great red wines, particularly Cabernet Sauvignon, that today accounts for around 50% of all vines planted in the region.
Located on a cigar-shaped strip of land, only 12km long and 2km wide, the secret of Coonawarra lies in a magical marriage of rich red ‘terra rossa’ soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes.
Surprisingly to some, Coonawarra is a cool climate wine region. The long growing season is marked by sunny, warm and dry days followed by cool evenings - an ideal combination developing the intense varietal characteristics for which Coonawarra is renowned.
Amongst the many wineries that call Coonawarra home are the likes of Bowen Estate, Katnook Estate, Wynns, Rymill, Hollick and Bowen Estate.