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Coonawarra

Coonawarra is a name synonymous with Australian red wine. The region’s famous terra rossa soils plus the cool climate produces one of the country’s most prized wines – Coonawarra cabernet. But there is also a stunning range of other varieties, including shiraz, riesling, cabernet franc, merlot and a number of lesser-known alternatives. There are more than 25 cellar doors across the region, each with its own unique take on its hometown. No matter how many times you’ve visited, there’s always more to discover.
AMY NORTHCOTT

Image courtesy of Bellwether Wines.

Bellwether Wines

Star Cellar Door & Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

0447 334 545
bellwetherwines.com.au

Sue Bell has amassed a loyal following, not only for her great wines, but also for the hive of activity that surrounds her shearing shed conversion that dates back to the 1860s. As busy as this place was back then, it is nothing compared to today, with a working winery, tasting room, kitchen, kitchen garden, campground and glamping-style tent accommodation. The wine here is great and Bell has opened the place up to welcome visitors into the daily routines and rituals of winemaking. Why not try your hand at sourdough bread-making (and take some starter for home) or help out in the produce garden and pick some goodies for yourself? You can even book in for a vintage experience if you time it right and stay on-site for a week making Bellwether wines. NICK STOCK

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

Wynns Coonawarra Estate
Best Large Cellar Door &
Best Tasting Experience

(08) 8736 2225
wynns.com.au

Wangolina
Best Small Cellar Door

(08) 8768 6187
wangolina.com.au

Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder
Cellar Door with Best Food

(08) 8736 3170
ottelia.com.au

Balnaves
Best Additional Cellar Door Experience (Picnic Boxes, Kids’ Snack Packs)

(08) 8737 2946
balnaves.com.au

Yalumba Menzies Vineyard Retreat
Cellar Door with Best Accommodation

(08) 8737 3603
yalumba.com/the-menzies-wine-room-retreat