Coonawarra Coonawarra

Nicknamed “Australia’s other red centre” the region is marked out by the famous Terra Rossa soil.

The region stretches from the township of Penola at one end then heads north for about 15km and is only about 2km wide. All but a few wineries are located on the Riddoch Hwy that runs through the middle of the region, which makes it very easy for wine touring.

Coonawarra wines have won more Jimmy Watson trophies than any other region. It is the Cabernet grape that so rightly gets all the attention here, but don’t forget about Coonawarra Shiraz, which is gaining in reputation.

Be on the lookout for some excellent Chardonnay and some quality Riesling, both wines surprised me in a region known for its reds.

With a bit more driving involved from one of the major cities Coonawarra is suited for a long weekend getaway but the drive is easy no matter where you are coming from, so put this on your to do list now!

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