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Koonara is a sister, or, more appropriately, a brother company to Reschke Wines. The latter is run by Burke Reschke, Koonara by his brother Dru. Both are sons of Trevor Reschke, who 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. Since 2013 Koonara have leased and managed the Kongorong Partnership Vineyard in Mount Gambier, which had previously sold its grapes to Koonara. Exports to the US, Canada, Europe, Singapore and China.
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Koonara Wines is a boutique winery based in the renowned Coonawarra region.Based in Coonawarra with vineyards in Mt Gambier, Koonara Wines was founded in 1998 by the Reschke family. The name Koonara comes from the name of the Reschke family property, historically a cattle stud and today home to their flagship vineyards; supplying award winning wines internationally and nationally. Koonara Wines is a family business based on quality and brand integrity.
Why you'll love Koonara:We’re practicing organic viticulture in our vineyards, with the plans to be certified within 3 years. We average four sprays per year for disease with only organically certified product so as not to harm our delicate ecosystem. No pesticides have been used in our Coonawarra vineyards for 10 years. No oak substitutes (no chips, planks, dominos, etc) are used to make our wines. It means our wines won’t be the cheapest, but aged in 100% oak barrels means the highest quality to you.French Oak barrels. All of our reds are aged in 100% fine-grain French Oak Hogsheads barrels. These are the most expensive barrels, costing upwards of $1,800 a barrel, but the flavours are far superior.No residual sugar in any of our reds. They still taste sweet, showing perfect balance in the vineyard.Low yields, small grapes and big flavour. Both our Coonawarra vineyards yield 2 tonnes or less – the average for Coonawarra is 3.5 - 4 tonnes. However this doesn’t mean we have less grapes. Koonara grapes are smaller, which means more skin per litre. The colour and flavour comes from the skin, this results in more colour and flavour; the vine can perfectly ripen smaller, thick-skinned grapes (the size of a pea). Former Wynns winemaker for 15 years Peter Douglas is our winemaker, one of the most respected winemakers and wine judges in Australia.Famous Coonawarra terra rossa soil. All our Coonawarra vines are planted on the famous terra rossa soil, situated on our property which has been in the family for over 100 years.
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For bookings please call the Koonara Cellar Door on: +61 8 8737 3222Email Bookings to: email@example.com
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Excellent winery able to produce wines of high to very high quality, knocking on the door of a 5-star rating. Will normally have one wine rated at 95 points or above, and two (or more) at 90 and above, others 87-89.
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