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Dru and Nicole Reschke Koonara

Koonara is the name of Dru and Nicole Reschke’s property in Coonawarra which has been in the family for over 100 years.

Our vineyards are practicing organic viticulture, at an average of 2 tonnes or less an acre. We believe quality is paramount in creating a wine which is not only good, but consistent and age worthy.

We are very proud of our wines and hope you enjoy them.

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Dru and Nicole Reschke,
Koonara Wines
Gold Cup 2015



Gold Cup Mount Gambier 2015It's that time again! Ladies and gentlemen dust off your fancy duds, don your hats and finest frocks and come celebrate a fantastic day at the races.


Friday 15th May 2015, 11.30am - 6pm


Join us in our Platinum Marquee and enjoy prime views of the finish line in sophisticated surroundings, with gourmet food, live entertainment, and a selection of Koonara's award winning wines.


Tickets include entry into the racecourse, TAB in the marquee, race coverage, live entertainment, food, wine and beer.


Here's whats happening in the Marquee this year:
- Try your hand at a spot of Croquet while overlooking the race track.
- Additional TAB's in the Marquee, so you can get your winning bets on fast.
Gourmet food (with substance) created by Mount Gambier's Barn Palais served throughout the day.
Free hair and make-up touch ups all day thanks to Giannis & The Body Retreat.
Live music from Maton Season, Portland, and DJ Corey Ryan to keep you grooving.
Mount Gambier local business Bricks & Mortar Coffee Co serving amazing hot coffee.
Prime views of the finish line - without leaving the Marquee.
Stand Like Stone's Charity auction, with some amazing experiences up for grabs.
And a selection of Koonara's award winning wines (and cold beer).


To keep up to date on all the Gold Cup news, please sign up to Koonara’s Newsletter or follow us on Facebook: Facebook/koonarawines


Where: Allan Scott Glenburnie Racecource, Princes Highway, Mount Gambier, SA


Book at: trybooking.com/GTJF




New wine release
Flowers for Lucy - 2015 Koonara vintage Moscato

Lucy is back! We are very excited to say the 2015 vintage of Flowers for Lucy is now available!

To order please email Candi at office@koonara.com, phone us on 08 8737 3222, or shop online!

Just a reminder there is free delivery for a dozen!

February Newsletter
Koonara Newsletter - February 2015
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Dru Reschke

Vintage is nearly here...

Welcome to our first monthly newsletter in…well, more than a month to say the least. 
Veraison is happening in the vines, which means the red grapes are starting to get some colour to them. Pretty much every region has started verasion some time ago, showing what a super-cool climate Coonawarra is. This is a good thing; it means berries get longer to develop flavour without losing that freshness. 

Dru Reschke
VERAISON - Grapes turning colour
VERAISON - Grapes turning colour: Looks good....
Tastes terrible...
Maris from Robe Town Brewery
PONDER THAT: Maris from Robe Town Brewery shared our tent at the Robe Boat Show. He'll join us again for the Taste Festival this weekend in the Naracoorte Town Square.
Dru - Koonara wines
BOTTOMS UP: Me at the Robe Boat Show, 17-18 Jan 2015. Photo courtesy of the Robe Take Me Back Facebook page.
Dru - Koonara wines
ROCK MY WORLD: Heidi with Rocky the Rock Lobster at the Robe Boat Show, 17-18 Jan 2015.
Quote of the Month

Quote of the Month:
"Wine is not just an object of pleasure, but an object of knowledge; and the pleasure depends on the knowledge."

Roger Scruton - English philosopher. 
Cape Banks

Top Drop: you gotta try our Cape Banks 

Mt Gambier 
Pinot Noir 2012

I’m very happy with this new Pinot; it has all the top funky elements of a French Pinot, but with the Sweet & Juicy (though with no residual sugar), of a top Aussie one.
Fun Fact: Mt Gambier is almost identical average temperatures to Burgundy’s top Pinot producing areas in France. Add the rocky ground, and you have a drop that will lift those eyebrows.
Click HERE to grab some...



Music: Diggin this

Music – I have been getting right into mixing chill lounge, which is perfect for the summer months with the grass between my toes and a glass of Lucy & Alice, Pinot Gris in my hand.

Listen to my very own Remixed Summer Mix on Soundcloud to get you in the mood. Click HERE for the mix!
Crawford River

Not Afraid of the Competition:

Crawford River
Riesling 2006

Nic and I had the great privilege of watching the winemaker of this wine Bee Thompson marry Cameron Kidd last weekend, and we had this wine at the wedding. Like it’s winemaker, it was a beautiful and captivating wine. 
I know you can’t buy this aged beauty, but the moral here is stock up and put it down.


Grilled Beef Sirloin, Zucchini and Rocket Salad

Grilled Beef Sirloin, Zucchini and Rocket Salad

Serve 4  |  Prep time: 15mins  |  Cooking time: 10min
Koonara Wines Match: Cape Banks Pinot Noir 2012

600g sirloin steak, fat trimmed
3 tbsp olive oil
350g sweet potato, peeled and cut into 3mm slices
4 zucchinis, sliced lengthways into 5mm slices
1 red onion, quartered
2 tbsp lemon juice, plus grated zest of a lemon
150g rocket leaves
30g parmesan cheese, shaved
20g toasted pine nuts

  1. Preheat a chargrill barbecue to hot. Brush the beef on both sides with 2 tsp olive oil and cook for 4 minutes, turning once, or until cooked to your liking. Set aside to rest and cover loosely with foil.
  2. Place the sweet potato, zucchini and onion into a large bowl and toss with 3 tsp olive oil. Place on the grill and cook for 1.5 minutes on each side, or until tender and lightly charred.
  3. Slice the beef thinly and place into a large mixing bowl with the grilled vegetables, lemon juice, zest and remaining oil. Season with salt and pepper and stir to combine.
  4. Place the rocket onto a large serving platter, top with the tossed beef and grilled vegetables, parmesan cheese and pine nuts, and serve.
Life Tricks with MacGyver

Improvising for awesomeness

Try this at your next dinner party, use unscented dental floss to cut cheese and cakes perfectly. Yum-O!
Taste Festival Naracoorte
Amy-Kate, Heidi, and Alex hamming it up at last years Naracoorte Taste Festival.

Taste Festival Naracoorte - Sat 7th Feb

Join us this weekend for the Naracoorte Taste Festival. It will be an explosion of tastes, continuous music featuring Melbourne cover band Funken Flurter plus local bands and activities from the bountiful Limestone Coast Region. 

Come and taste all your favourite Koonara Wines at the Naracoorte Town Squares Saturday from 11am to 6pm. For more info, Check out the Taste Festival website
Adelaide Cellar Door Festival
Our Koonara Angels will be back at this years Cellar Door Festival in Adelaide.

Adelaide Cellar Door Festival, 20th - 22nd Feb

Koonara Wines and all the gang from Coonawarra Vignerons are back at the Cellar Door Wine Festival - in Adelaide. Walk the red carpet, and experience Coonawarra wines for yourself! 

Come and meet our lovely angels. Our owner and Vigneron Dru Reschke, and our Limestone Coast Sales Manager, Heidi will be there to pour you a taste of our new (and your favourite) wines! Check out the Cellar Door website

What's going on in Coonawarra

February 2015
Sat 7 - Sun 8: Taste Festival, Naracoorte Town Square
Sun 8: Rendelsham Village Markets, Rendelsham Community Hall
Fri 13: Coonawarra Pop-up Bar, Must See Want Have Buy, Penola
Sat 14-Sun 15: The Annual Coonawarra Vignerons Classic Clash Petanque Tournament
Fri 20 - Sun 22: Cellar Door Festival, Adelaide Convention Centre 

March 2015
Fri 20 - Sat 21: South East Field Days, Lucindale

April 2015
Sat 4: Beachport Easter Markets
Fri 10 - Sun 12: Coonawarra After Dark Festival Experience all the thrills, excitement and the lights of vintage.

May 2015
Fri 15: Koonara's Platnium Marquee, Mount Gambier Gold Cup! DON'T MISS OUT! More info to come!
Thurs 21 - Sun 24: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival, Coonawarra Celebrate our region's rich history and artistic talents over four days with working artists, performances, exhibitions, workshops, walking tours, fabulous food and fine wine.
Mon 25 - Sun 31: China Roadshow, China

June 2015
Fri 5 - Mon 8: Good Food and Wine, Melbourne

July 2015
For the month of July: Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers - Coonawarra will dig out some treasures from their cellars to offer visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy aged wine.

August 2015
Coonawarra Roadshow - Coonawarra hit the road and come to you!

Sun 9: Brisbane, Lightspace, Fortitude Valley, 3-6pm
Tue 11: Sydney, Sydney Town Hall, 5-8pm
Thurs 13: Melbourne, Melbourne Town Hall, 5-8pm
Fri 14: Hobart, Hobart Function and Convention Centre, 5-8pm
Sun 16: Adelaide, National Wine Centre, 3-6pm
Tue 18: Perth, Pan Pacific Perth, 5-8pm 

October 2015
Sat 3: Beachport Markets
Fri 16 - Sun 18: Coonawarra Cabernet Weekend - a must if you love your Cab! Rated one of the top events in South Australia and it’s not to be missed!

November 2015
Wed 25: Penola Late Night Shopping - Koonara Wines
Fri 27: Robe Late Night Shopping - Loaves and Fishes