17 Oct 2022
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Welcome to Australia's other "red centre".

The ultimate destination for lovers of bold red wine, Coonawarra is a picturesque part of South Australia famous for its cabernet sauvignon. More than 24 cellar doors pack the relatively small Limestone Coast region, only 20 kilometres in length and two kilometres in diameter. Taste the regions wines by day before falling asleep surrounded by rolling vineyards under a blanket of stars in a glamping tent at Bellwether Wines or make yourself at home at Yalumba Menzies Retreat. Plan your trip to Coonawarra with a Southern Ocean Drive road trip and taste your way through the region with our guide to the best wineries and cellar door the region has to offer.

1. Brand's Laira 

Brand's Laira. Coonawarra
Brand's Laira. Coonawarra

Brand’s Laira is home to one of the most charming cellar doors in the Coonawarra wine region. Oozing rustic charm and steeped in history, the stone cottage was originally the personal cellar of Eric Brand, the winery’s founder. Exposed wooden beams, old wine barrels and Eric’s old wine collection create the perfect atmosphere to enjoy a glass or two of their award-winning wine.

2. Ottelia

Experience the taste of the Limestone Coast with the perfect pairing of locally produced food and wine at Ottelia Restaurant and Cellar Door. The freshly renovated restaurant is small and homely with a brand-new tasting room next door. If you’re looking for the ultimate Coonawarra winery experience, start the Coonawarra walking trail at Ottelia and enjoy some of South Australia’s best wines – all while getting your daily steps in.

3. DiGiorgio

The second oldest winery in the region, DiGiorgio Family Wines offers the perfect place to enjoy a glass of wine with family and friends. Producing an extensive portfolio of premium wines, a visit to the cellar door will leave your taste buds tingling. For those wanting a little more, indulge in a ‘pick your own produce’ platter and try a selection of local cheese and produce, paired perfectly with a glass of wine.

4. Hollick Estates 

Nestled in the picturesque Coonawarra, Hollick Estate’s modern cellar door and restaurant complete with a historic charm is a must see for visitors to the region. Established in 1983, Hollick is a boutique winery renowned for their high-quality wines from Coonawarra and award-winning restaurant. Producing both the classic wines from the region along with more exotic styles, all Hollick wines are crafted from premium estate-grown fruit.

5. Bellwether Wines

Bellwether Wines, Coonawarra
Bellwether Wines, Coonawarra

Indulge in the complete Coonawarra experience at Bellwether Wines who can cater for your whole stay as a boutique winery, produce garden, kitchen, and boutique campground with warm friendly experiences. As an imaginative and creative space, gather around one of their shared tables and enjoy a wine tasting or dine with your own personal chef and winemaker Sue Bell.

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