Coonawarra Wine Region Weekend Tour
$480pp twin share $580 single
Australia's other "red centre"
If you enjoy rich, colourful wines, you’ll love the Coonawarra. Just over the border in South Australia Its Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally renowned and its Shiraz isn’t far behind. The region’s terra rossa soil (red soil containing limestone) is perfect for grape growing.
View and print a Coonawarra cellar door map
Coonawarra is a small region, only 20 kilometres in length and two kilometres in diameter. Despite this, it is home to more than 24 cellar doors all close together.
Australia's oldest cool climate hub (grapes have been grown here since the early 1890s), Coonawarra is also famous for its ancient "Terra Rossa": a cigar-shaped red soil strip about 12km by 2km in a flat, remote landscape between Melbourne and Adelaide with a climate similar to Bordeaux.
Grapes grown in this fertile, free draining limestone-based soil are used in part or full in many of the region's top wines, giving them regionally-distinct structure and complexity.
While Coonawarra has always been known for dark-fruited, complex and age-worthy cabernets at an affordable price there's a new charge of highly-praised labels emerging from the region that are vibrant and elegant with reined-in tannins.
And although Coonawarra's versions of cabernet sauvignon are considered amongst the purest and finest expressions of cabernets globally, you'll also find brilliant renditions of shiraz and chardonnay. The result? Coonawarra now really does have something for every palate.
Depart 8am for our journey across the SA border to Penola (heart of the Coonawarra wine region). When we arrive we check into our accommodation and then enjoy dinner (own expense)
After breakfast (included) we visit the amazing wineries right on our doorstep for a full day of exploring this region.
When we arrive back its time to relax for an hour before we refresh and get ready to venture out for dinner (included) and a relaxing night.
After breakfast (included) we check out of our accommodation and head off for some local sightseeing and head back to Melbourne stopping for lunch and arriving back in Melbourne at around 7pm.