Millions of years ago, Nature began crafting our wines, so that today we simply add the finishing touches.
Think Coonawarra, and thoughts of sumptuous reds spring to mind – from the rich rust-coloured Terra Rossa soil for which it’s internationally recognized, to the prized red wines that have made it famous. There are the ruddy cheeks of those who tend the vines; the crimson sunsets that sweep across a vast horizon; and of course, there’s the fiery passion in the veins of our vignerons and winemakers.
Almost a million years ago, an ocean teeming with sea-life lapped at the feet of the ancient Kanawinka Escarpment. Then came an ice age, and the great melt that followed led to the creation of the chalky white bedrock which is the foundation of this unique region. But nature had not finished, for with her winds, rain and sand she blanketed the plain with a soil rich in iron, silica and nutrients, to become one of the most renowned terroir soils in the world.
Long and narrow, this celebrated ridge of earth, together with pure underground water, cool nights and a long, mild growing season, is Nature’s gift to wine lovers across the globe. This precious parcel of land is some of the most valuable agricultural land in the nation, and recognised as Australia’s premier red wine region, contributing fruit to some of the finest wines in the world.
But of course, it took human spirit and ingenuity to bottle it, and like all great appellations, the wines of Coonawarra speak not just of the famous terroir, but also of the local community and people who give those wines their character.
It began with the vision of John Riddoch in 1890, and his first plantings of vines; then championed into the next century by the Redmans; and given a renaissance by the Wynns in 1951. These names are still revered, and their vision and heritage is proudly upheld by the world-class wineries which now call Coonawarra home.
Today, new generations of old winemaking families toil alongside an influx of fresh talent to ensure the spirit of the Coonawarra wine region continues to thrive. It is a community that’s vibrant, passionate, sophisticated and unique – one that salutes tradition while embracing innovation.
At vintage, every picker, cellar-hand and winemaker devotes the same commitment to nurturing each parcel of delicate fruit and crafting them into wines of exceptional distinction that lend themselves perfectly to maturing in the cellar before flowing lusciously from bottle to decanter to glass.
Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignons not only taste exceptional when young, but they also cellar brilliantly. The ageability of Coonawarra wines are world class, and it’s what sets our wines apart from others: a fact endorsed by generations of collectors around the world, who have cellared them for up to 60 years.
Together, our landscape, our people and our passion work in harmony to create a signature wine region that delivers on a myriad of levels, from the truly magnificent rust-red earth below to the lush, vivid green vines and big blue skies above; the cool Cabernet Sauvignons, Shirazes, Chardonnays and Rieslings have made Coonawarra one of the New World’s greatest appellations.