|Calendar of Events|
Thursday 14 January 2016
Coonawarra Vignerons Cup
Regarded as a highlight on the country race meeting calendar, the Coonawarra Cup attracts over 3000 visitors to the Penola Racecourse, of which, up to 650 guests will be hosted by members of Coonawarra Grape and Wine Incorporated in its lavish marquee and treated to a full day of fun, fabulous food, fund-raising auctions and, of course, fantastic Coonawarra wines.
13th - 14 February 2016
The Annual Coonawarra Vignerons Classic Clash Petanque Tournament
The 20th Annual Coonawarra Classic Clash Petanque Tournament is held at the piste, in the Coonawarra Park. The sounds of clashing steel balls, screams of delight and the clink of wine glasses will echo around the Coonawarra township. The Classic Clash has become a highlight of the national petanque calendar, with some of Australia's best players coming from Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and the Limestone Coast to compete in this prestigious event.
8-9 April 2016
Coonawarra After Dark Weekend
Experience all the thrills, excitement and the lights of vintage as four Coonawarra wineries open their doors to visitors at the peak of the grape harvest (vintage). Join in the annual grape stomp, enjoy the region’s best homemade pizzas, or feast on a fabulous Greek grill, and dance the night away. It’s all great fun.
19 May – 22 May 2016
Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival
Celebrate our region's rich history and artistic talents over four days with working artists, performances, exhibitions, workshops, walking tours, fabulous food and fine wine. The Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival is one of regional Australia's leading arts festivals and it celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2016. For more details visit www.artsfestival.com.au
1 – 31 July 2016
Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers
Coonawarra wineries will dig out some treasures from their cellars to offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy aged wine during the month of July. Coonawarra wines are well known for their ageing ability and Cellar Dwellers provides our region with an opportunity to showcase wines that are otherwise not available for tasting.
Join us for one of the many dinners and degustation events held throughout the month, or simply wander the vineyards and visit the cellar doors before warming up with a glass of Coonawarra aged wine and a crackling open fireplace.
10-21 August 2016
Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow
From the peaceful vineyards of Coonawarra, to the energetic hubs of Australian cities, the Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow event travels to six capital cities during the month of August. For the past 12 years, Coonawarra winemakers, winery owners and their families have embarked on a nationwide road trip to conduct tastings and chat to wine enthusiasts about their wines.
1-31 October 2016
Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations
We thought it was time for a change, so we’re expanding the very popular Cabernet Celebrations weekend to embrace the month of October. That means that there will be more choices and more weekend opportunities to really savour the region’s wines, hospitality and sense of community. We still plan to have the iconic events: the Masterclass, and the Retrospective Wine Tasting, but there will be more dinners, breakfasts and lunches to help showcase the regions burgeoning food credentials, and music talent.
A busy calendar of festivals, events and wine tastings create a colourful scene throughout the year in Coonawarra. It is recommended that you book your accommodation as early as possible if you are attending a Coonawarra event as places are often limited.
To keep up-to-date on what’s happening visit www.coonawarra.org for new postings.