Terra rossa soil, Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Foster's Group

Population 310

Unlike many other Australian wine regions, Coonawarra was a planned horticulture scheme – and a very successful one at that. John Riddoch, a Scottish immigrant, acquired extensive lands in South Australia's south-east in the late 1800s. He subdivided 800 hectares of his landholding specifically for orchards and vineyards. Prominent wine professionals such as Wolf Blass damned this region as a place that could never produce decent wine, and the original John Riddoch wine estate was nearly sold to the Department of Forestry and Lands (thankfully, David Wynn purchased the property and it is now Wynns Coonawarra). In the 1950s, large wine companies such as Penfolds and Yalumba finally began recognising the depth of the region's reds, and opinions began to change. Coonawarra's famed terra rossa (red earth) combined with the region's particular climate is now known to create some of the best cabernet sauvignon in the country, as well as excellent shiraz, merlot, riesling and chardonnay. Wynns Coonawarra produces world-class shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, some for purchase at reasonable prices. Other excellent wineries to visit are Balnaves of Coonawarra, Brands of Coonawarra, Majella and Zema Estate. See Penola.

Visitor Information

27 Arthur St, Penola; (08) 8737 2855

Nearby national parks

  • Mount Eccles National Park

    Mount Eccles National Park is Victoria’s first co-managed national park, being managed by the traditional owners,...more

  • Coorong National Park

    Coorong National Park is a long, narrow ribbon of saline wetlands, saltpans, coastal dunes and wild ocean beaches stretching for 150...more

  • Wyperfeld National Park

    In the state’s arid north-west, Wyperfeld is a vast park of open plains and spreading mallee eucalypts. The usually bone-dry bed of...more

Nearby towns

  • Penola

    Penola is one of the oldest towns in south-east South Australia, and has some excellent wineries nearby. The town is noted for its...more

  • Naracoorte

    Naracoorte dates from the 1840s, but its growth has been slow. In the 1850s it was a stopover for Victorian gold escorts and miners. Since...more

  • Edenhope

    Just 30 kilometres from the South Australian border, Edenhope is set on the shores of Lake Wallace, a haven for waterbirds. The town is...more

Fishing spots near town

Konong Wootong Reservoir 76 km

Coleraine in the Western District is in the heart of prime wool- growing country. The small town is famous for its chocolate factory, but less well known is the trout fishery in the picturesque 60 ha impoundment just out... Find out more

Nelson 85 km

The Glenelg River is situated at Nelson near the border with SA. The long river is one of the state’s premier fisheries for bream to 1.8 kg, estuary perch and mulloway to about 20 kg. Victoria has some excellent... Find out more

Eco-friendly activities around town

Picnicking around Mount Gambier 60 km

Mount Gambier has some extraordinary picnic spots around collapsed caves that are now beautiful sinkhole gardens. Try Cave Gardens or the stunning Umpherston Sinkhole, which has free barbecues and good facilities.... Find out more

Cafes & restaurants around town


One of the few good eateries in the Coonawarra, fodder is the place to go to for a more casual meal. Owned and run by husband and wife team Melissa and John Innes, the focus of this cafe/restaurant is actually on wines... Find out more

Upstairs at Hollick

Coonawarra might be great for grapes but from a scenic standpoint it’s a little on the flat side. This acclaimed winery restaurant solves the problem by going up, so diners gaze at row upon row of vines – or... Find out more

Campsites around town

Hacks Peninsula camping area 23 km

Signposted access to this camping area is 27 km south of Naracoorte via Bool Lagoon Rd. Lagoon water levels vary seasonally. There is a self-registration station for permits; gas/fuel stoves only.... Find out more

Naracoorte Caves Caravan Park 27 km

This fully equipped park with plenty of accommodation options, including extensive tent sites, is on Caves Rd, 14 km south of Naracoorte. Laundry facilities are available.... Find out more

Baileys Rocks camping area 30 km

Baileys Rocks, in the Bogalara block of Dergholm State Park, are so-called for the ancient granite tors found here. Aside from ogling the impressive stonework, you can also follow the Rocky Creek walking track, which... Find out more

Big Heath camping area (bush camping) 31 km

Located 35 km south-west of Naracoorte via Bool Lagoon Rd, there are no marked tracks or campsites here. Details and permits are available from Parks SA Naracoorte.... Find out more

Edenhope Lakeside Tourist Park 50 km

Right in the middle of the small township of Edenhope is Lake Wallace, on the southern shore of which you’ll find a tourist park with shady campsites as well as on-site cabins and vans. When it has enough water,... Find out more

Fairview camping area (bush camping) 64 km

Remote wilderness camping for self-sufficient bushwalkers is situated 45 km north-west of Naracoorte, signposted from Wolumbool Rd. The Parks SA office at Naracoorte can provide further details and a permit.... Find out more

Geltwood Beach camping area 67 km

This campground offers coastal access  for conventional vehicles, accessed from Oil Rig Square Track off Canunda Causeway Rd, 14 km west of Millicent. The 4 sites are 700 m west of the track.... Find out more

Lake Charlegrark Holiday Cottages and Caravan Park 68 km

Among the activities hosted at Lake Charlegrark are fishing, swimming and boating. Campsite availability is generally not an issue here, a major exception being in late Feb when a popular, long-running country music... Find out more

Nal-a-wort camping area 70 km

There are more camping sites around 100 m further along the Bevilaqua Ford Track, next door to the Kotgee camping area.... Find out more

Kotgee camping area 70 km

There are 7 sites here for self-sufficient campers, 2.6 km south-east of Southend via Boozy Gully access road. The sites are 400 m along Bevilaqua Ford Track.... Find out more

Caravan parks around town

Millicent Lakeside Caravan Park 55 km

This is a spacious, neat and tidy park with good basic facilities. A convenient, wellstocked shop is adjacent, at the town’s excellent swimming complex (an artificial lake). Bookings are required in peak periods,... Find out more

Kalganyi Holiday Park 57 km

This is a very good park set in a quiet, treed area on the northern outskirts of Mount Gambier. It has extensive facilities including ensuite sites. This is a good base from which to explore the Mount Gambier region.... Find out more

Blue Lake Holiday Park 62 km

Located south of the city centre, this wellshaded quality park adjoins the golf course and is adjacent to Mount Gambier’s premier attraction, the spectacular Blue Lake. This is a fabulous base for exploring the... Find out more

Beachport’s Southern Ocean Tourist Park 76 km

This large, spacious park in a popular resort town has very good amenities and sites are reasonably priced. It is situated in an area where fishing and recreational water activities are the main attractions. Bookings are... Find out more

Kywong Caravan Park 84 km

Located on the northern side of town, this large budget-priced park has good facilities. It is about 1.5 km from the centre of the small township. There is good value here. Bookings are required at Christmas, Easter and... Find out more

Port MacDonnell Foreshore Tourist Park 85 km

A good value, budget-priced park situated on the beachfront, about 1.5 km from the centre of Port MacDonnell, the park has good facilities and is an ideal location from which to explore the historic region. There is a... Find out more

Hotels, motels & B&Bs around town

Punters Vineyard Retreat

Bold architectural design and brilliant execution create a winery estate encounter of great panache. Each of the four generous bedrooms have private entrances, outdoor decks, ensuite facilities and seductive vineyard... Find out more

The Menzies Retreat

This stunning contemporary accommodation is named in homage to Yalumba’s top-shelf cabernet sauvignon. The moment you enter the dramatic open-plan living area, you know these digs are a fitting tribute to a great... Find out more

Rest areas around town

Coonawarra rest area 3 km

38km S of Naracoorte (R) or 13km N of Penola (L)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Father Woods rest area 11 km

31km S of Naracoorte (L) or 20km N of Penola (R)

Just off the road near several unique wood carvings.

Greenrise Lake park area 12 km

3km S of Penola (R) or 48km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Just off the highway on the shores of the (usually dry) lake.

Penola South rest area 20 km

12km S of Penola (R) or 39km N of Mt Gambier (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees. 

Struan rest area 21 km

18km S of Naracoorte (L) or 33km N of Penola (R)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Bool Lagoon camping area 23 km

T/O 18km S of Naracoorte (R) or 33km N of Penola (L)

At the lagoon 7km west of the highway.

Forestry Info rest area 24 km

16km S of Penola (L) or 35km N of Mt Gambier (R)

Just off the highway on the edge of a forest.

Black Cockatoo Bush camping area 47 km

T/O at Naracoorte

Large campground in a natural bush setting 14km (partly unsealed) north-east of Naracoorte via Cadgee and Chapples rds. Some powered sites and other accommodation available.

Clay Wells rest area 54 km

77km S of Kingston (R) or 28km N of Millicent (L)

Adjacent to the highway among a few trees.

Mount Gambier Park Area 59 km

North-east side of town

Parking area at the Lady Nelson Visitor Information Centre.

Casterton park area 60 km

At Casterton

Under shady trees on the eastern bank of the Glenelg River.

Pinnaster rest area 62 km

18km SE of Mt Gambier (L) or 70km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among the trees.

Morambro Creek rest area 63 km

83km S of Keith (L) or 25km N of Naracoorte (R)

Under shady trees at the junction with Bordertown Rd.

Princess Margaret Rose Caves camping area 78 km

T/O 1km E of SA border (R) or 76km NW of Heywood (L)

Near the caves 10km (unsealed) south of the highway via Princess Margaret Rd in Lower Glenelg National Park.

Glenelg River park area 80 km

33km SE of SA border (L) or 40km NW of Heywood (R)

Just off the highway among a few trees.

Fort O'Hare camping area 81 km

At Dartmoor

Under shady trees on the east side of town.

Padthaway park area 82 km

At Padthaway

Located on the south side of town via the service road.

What's on around town

Coonawarra Cup: Jan.

Coonawarra After Dark: cellar doors open in the evenings; Apr.

Penola Coonawarra Festival: arts, food and wine; May.

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers: July.

Cabernet Celebrations: Oct.

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