Insider’s guide to Coonawarra

By Halliday Wine Companion

Top winemakers share their tips for making the most of a trip to Coonawarra, ensuring you eat and drink like a local the next time you visit.

Winemaker Tim Heath of Katnook EstateTim Heath of Katnook Estate says: “For a nice night out, head to Pipers of Penola, one of South Australia’s best regional restaurants. If you’re after a break away from the wines, visit the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves.


The Redman winemaking teamBruce, Mal, Dan and Michael of Redman say: “The Coonawarra Tea Night, held on the last Friday of each month at the Coonawarra Hall, is a great way to get to know the locals and mingle with winemakers. Corkage is $5.”


Winemaker Peter Weinberg of Brand's LairaPeter Weinberg of Brand’s Laira says: “Discover some of the region’s best wine and food while taking in the landscape on the Coonawarra Wineries Trail. Stop for lunch at Ottelia, or try Maruya Station’s wagyu beef steakhouse. The National Park and the Blue Lake of Mount Gambier are also worth a look.”

Winemaker Kate Goodman Penley EstateKate Goodman of Penley Estate says: “While visiting Coonawarra, be sure to check out a few other wineries: Patrick of Coonawarra, Redman and Balnaves, to name a few. If you’re after a slightly different experience, Bellwether has a fantastic ‘glamping’ set up, as well as some furry friends who’d love a pat!”

Majella winemakersBruce Gregory and Michael Marcus of Majella say: “Visit one of our local restaurants: Upstairs at Hollick, Ottelia, Pipers of Penola and the Mayura Tasting Room are all great. To kick-start your day, visit a cafe such as diVine, Vintage, or the Coonawarra Store. The historic Yallum Park is also a must-see.

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Look out for issue #49 of Halliday magazine to learn about the latest happenings in Coonawarra, available in print and digitally from November.