Thomas and Sally Ellis are the current generation of the Ellis family, who have owned the Coola grazing property on which the vineyard is now established for over 160 years. They began planting the vineyard in the late 1990s with pinot noir, and have since extended the range to include sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, riesling and pinot gris. As the largest vineyard owner in the region, they decided they should have some of the grapes vinified to bring further recognition to the area. If global warming should increase significantly, the very cool region will stand to gain.
Exciting new label Coola Road showcases the exceptional wine coming from the Mount Gambier region, and the 2013 vintage is no exception. Coola Road is wholly owned and run by our family, and we can proudly attest that our wines come from grapes sourced entirely from our own vineyards located 25kms west of Mount Gambier, South Australia. Mount Gambier is quickly becoming recognised as one of Australia’s prime locations for the production of cool climate grapes, with an ever increasing number of growers producing world class wines. Despite growing grapes for numerous years, the 2013 vintage is Coola Road’s debut release, and the end product adheres to the notion that great wines can only come from superior grapes.
Mount Gambier is Australia’s newest official wine appellation, and is one of mainland Australia’s coolest climates. The climate, soil type and low yielding production enables outstanding quality and unique flavours. The goal with our Coola Road label is to promote our region amongst everyday wine drinkers whilst challenging people to try something new.