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Coonawarra

Coonawarra, famous for its ‘terra rossa’ soils and world-class cab sav, is a pretty special place. It’s home to some of the most famous wine labels in Australia, and has some great dining and accommodation options for those taking in the vinous sights. The old favourites have never been better while the new Coonawarra winemakers show the region is looking good as it moves into the future.

Bellwether Wines

Star Cellar Door & Best Small Cellar Door

0447 334 545
bellwetherwines.com.au

The wonderful Sue Bell has created something special at Bellwether Wines. Housed in the Glen Roy Shearing Shed, built in 1868, it’s a place that can be summed up with one word: soul. A visit to the beautiful stone cellar door is a special experience.

The wines are wonderful; there are the true, contemporary renditions of what Coonawarra does best but you’ll also find wines produced with fruit sourced from other regions. Nearby Wrattonbully features in the mix, along with delicious wines from Tasmania, Heathcote and some cracking alternatives from the Riverland.

There are plenty of experiences for visitors, ranging from structured wine tastings, degustations and the week-long vintage experience. You’ll find a lot of one-off offerings, with notable musicians and fantastic food on offer, so it’s worth getting on the mailing list and planning your visit.

For the full immersion, there is glamping in one of six beautiful tents, a communal fire, camp kitchen and all the amenities. You can even raid the produce garden and chook pen to stock up for your meals. Just perfect. DAVID BROOKES

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2015 Bellwether Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, A$60

Wynns Coonawarra Estate
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(08) 8736 2225
wynns.com.au

Balnaves of Coonawarra
Best Tasting Experience

(08) 8737 2946
balnaves.com.au

Ottelia – Fodder
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(08) 8736 3170
ottelia.com.au

Raidis Estate
Best Additional Cellar Door Experience (DINNER IN THE VINEYARD)

(08) 8737 2966
raidis.com.au

The Blok Coonawarra
Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

(08) 8737 2734
blok.com.au