South Australia | Eden Valley

Our Review

The Poonawatta story is complex, stemming from 0.8ha of shiraz planted in 1880. When Andrew Holt’s parents purchased the Poonawatta property, the vineyard had suffered decades of neglect and the slow process of restoration began. While that was underway, the strongest canes available from the winter pruning of the block were slowly and progressively dug into the stony soil, establishing the Cuttings Block over 7 years, and the yield is even lower than that of the 1880 Block. The Riesling is produced from a separate vineyard planted by the Holts in the 1970s. Grenache was planted in 2019. Exports to France, the US, Canada, Malaysia, China and Denmark. -JAMES HALLIDAY


The Poonawatta property took its name from the Peramangk Aboriginal peoples; Poona meaning ‘good’ and Watta meaning ‘country’ – fitting descriptions for this beautiful part of Eden Valley and our sustainable commitment to farming. Like many boutique producers, Poonawatta has been built on the foundations of heritage, history and family, and a healthy dose of entrepreneurial spirit. With six-generations spanning 160 years of Eden Valley farming and viticulture, the centrepiece of the Poonawatta crown is the original Shiraz vineyard planted in 1880; the custodial inspiration for the Poonawatta brand. The wine portfolio consists of the Estate wines produced from five small single vineyards on the Poonawatta property; and the Regional Series, a collection of blends and single vineyard wines from some special vineyards across the four corners of Eden Valley. Poonawatta represents a passion for small volumes of hand crafted wines, nurtured from soil to vine to bottle, communicating a story that tells of the place that the vines are grown and the people who make it happen. While Poonawatta’s boutique size doesn’t support a full-time cellar door, tastings are regularly held around the homestead table, or amongst the vines, and appointments can be made via email or phone. You will be greeted by the fur hosts, Chelsea and Oscar, who will bark feverishly until the car door opens, at which point they will become your best friends. A visit to Eden Valley is a beautiful, meandering experience, where the journey delivers as much pleasure as the destination. Eden Valley- Barossa’s Beautiful High Country.


Shiraz, Riesling, Cabernet

Cellar Door

Details are correct at time of writing

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Stockist Information

Distribution Information

South Australia
Glenn Malycha
Wine Wise
Mobile 0427 388 340

Libby Bentley
Bentley Wine Company
0410 126 419

Graham Bates
GBH Vineyards
0408 312 266

New South Wales
Andrew Campbell
Kingfisher Wines Pty Ltd
0418 882 336

Western Australia/Northern Territory
Michelle Holt
0448 03 1880

International Sales Information


Tom Pedersen
+45 23 31 14 10

Patrick Moritz
Australian Rarities
0033 (0)6 84 626 585

Randi Chang
Achieve Development Corp
+886 4 2251 3911


Winemaker Andrew Holt, Christa Deans, Harry Mantzarapis
Established 1880
Dozens 1800
Vineyards (area) 4 ha
Viticulturist Andrew Holt
Opening Hours Wed–Mon 11–4.30
Address 1227 Eden Valley Road, Flaxman Valley, SA 5235
Telephone 0448 031 880
Website www.poonawatta.com.au