• Coonawarra

    Warm summers, cold, wet winters and a long ripening season and you’ve got perfect grape growing conditions. Famous for the 'terra rossa' soils, the Coonawarra provides the ideal environment for producing world class wines.
  • Jimmy Watson

    The Jimmy Watson Memorial Trophy is the most prestigious and sought after wine award in Australia. The trophy is a memorial to the late Jimmy Watson who established the iconic Jimmy Watson's Wine Bar in Lygon Street, Carlton, a suburb of Melbourne. The trophy is awarded annually at the Royal Melbourne Wine Show to the producer of the best one or two year old, dry, red wine.
  • Coonawarra

    Home to more than 20 cellar doors, it gets rave reviews from wine writers. Respected writer and wine judge Len Evans once described it as "the Bordeaux of Australia." Coonawarra has won more Jimmy Watson trophies for Australia's best one-year-old red wine than any other wine district – since 1977 the tally is a very impressive 12 wins.
  • Cape Jaffa

    Don’t ignore the whites though. You’ll find quality whites around the region. The Sauvignon Blancs from the cooler coastal wineries have a very good reputation.
  • Robe

    Forged over 26 million years by the primal forces of the ocean and the movement of tectonic plates, the Limestone Coast has been perfectly sculpted into a natural playground. The result? Picturesque port towns such as Kingston SE, Robe and Beachport, where watersports are the order of the day.
Day 1:
Depart Adelaide at approximately 8am you travel through serene pastoral land, in a chauffeur driven vehicle, with an experienced wine guide, to the heart of premium red wine production in Coonawarra.
We visit Padthaway Estate and taste a selection of local wines and tour the property. Padthaway is recognised for the quality Chardonnay and the exceptional character of the varieties produced. Later we travel into Naracoorte and explore the mysteries of the Naracoorte Caves and Bool Lagoon recognised by the United Nations as Wetlands of International importance. Wool products abound. Lunch will be alfresco or at the outstanding Hollicks restaurant.
After lunch an optional may be to stroll down Petticoat Lane in Penola. Penola is the oldest town in the South East and honoured as the workplace of Mary McKillop who is soon to be declared a Saint.
Alternatively we may resume visiting some of the fine wine producers of the Coonawarra wine region. Distinguished wine producers we may visit include, Wynns Coonawarra Estate, the oldest and perhaps the most technologically advanced. We visit Balnaves of Coonawarra and meet some of the Balnaves family maker of premium wines. Another notable wineries we may visit are the small Italian family run, Zema Estate winery; famous for their full flavoured wines and Mrs Zemas preserves.
That evening you will stay at elegant Padthaway Estate Homestead in the heart of the wine country and dine in-house or stay at Punters Corner guesthouse set amongst the vines and dine at Pipers. An alternative would be to stay in the charming seaside village of Robe.

Day 2:

Next morning we may meet Brian Lynn a lecturer of Viticulture at the local college who also has his own winery called Majella Estate. He has won many prestigious awards for his wines; he will give us a brief tour of his vineyards, an introduction to the area and the opportunity to sample his wines. If time permits we may meet other local wine producers such as Penley Estate, Rymill Estate, Leconfield and Bowen Estate, tasting their fine wines we can return via the coast. We may visit the newest classified wine region, Mount Benson and travel past the wetlands of the Coorong, along the coast with a seafood lunch before returning to Adelaide.

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On request

Based on 8 hours

Adelaide CBD or as requested

Experienced wine tour guide/driver, wine and tourism information kit, pre and post-tour assistance, wine tastings with refreshments en-route

This tour can include Wine & Great Ocean Road tour to Melbourne.



Mary Anne Kennedy