Trevor Reschke planted the first vines on the Koonara property in 1988. Peter Douglas, formerly Wynns’ chief winemaker before moving overseas for some years, has returned to the district and is consultant winemaker. After 10 years of organic viticulture practises, Koonara’s vineyards in Coonawarrra were certified organic in 2017. Since ’13 Koonara have leased and managed the Kongorong Partnership Vineyard in Mount Gambier, which had previously sold its grapes to Koonara. Exports to Malaysia. -JAMES HALLIDAY
Koonara is a small family owned and organically certified winery in the heart of Coonawarra, owned by Dru and Nicole Reschke. In 1906 Dru’s great grandfather, Henry Albert, named the family property ‘Koonara’. More than 110 years on, the family still live there surrounded by their vineyards.
Koonara are practising vineyard bio-diversity – and were the first vineyards in Coonawarra to be Certified to Australian Organic Standards. They only use organic elements on their vines; not only because they believe it’s safer for their family, but it helps build complexity in their grapes.
Koonara’s cellar door is on the main street of Penola - where you can visit the friendly team for a wine tasting, and browse their unique range of homewares, kitchenware, and local produce.
Coonawarra cabernet, Coonawarra shiraz, Mount Gambier riesling, rose.
Koonara Wines Cellar Door
44 Church Street
+61 8 8737 3222
Open Monday to Thursday 10am - 5pmFriday and Saturday 10am - 6pmSunday 10am - 4pm.
Details are correct at time of writing
Please check winery website for up to date details
International Sales Information
Independent bottleshops: https://www.koonara.com/stockists-australia/