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Boutique Coonawarra Winery and Cellar Door
$15 or Free Shipping in Australia for 6 bottles or more!

100% Family owned | 100 years in Coonawarra
All wines 100% vegan | Low sulphur wines

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Boutique Coonawarra Winery and Organic Vineyard

A Family Owned Organic Vineyard and Winery in Coonawarra.

We produce a range of high quality award winning wines. In 2019 we were awarded James Halliday’s 5 star Black Winery and The Real Review Certificate of Excellence, placing us among the best wineries of Australia. Today myself (Dru), Nicole and our girls live in the family homestead surrounded by our vineyards. 

Visit us at our Cellar Door, or Order our Wine Online!

WINES OF THE MONTH

  • Koonara Wines Wanderlust Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016 - Organic and Vegan friendly wine
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    Wanderlust, Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon 2016

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    ♥ Organically grown ♥ Vegan Friendly ♥ Low in sulphur ♥ Dry wine ♥ No residual sugar

    We love the people who make the journey to come and visit our cellar door in Coonawarra; they have Wanderlust. They are the daring explorer, the lover of life with tales of adventures and experiences from their many trips. This wine’s for you, intrepid travellers... Decanting this wine for an hour will allow you to see the true depth of flavour, but also show you that this wine is almost unique at this price - in that it will get better over 10 years. No residual sugar, below organic levels of sulphur, and organically grown. The dense fruit and the soft tannins with allow this wine to age well until 2030.
    "Inky in colour pungent fruit aromas with a hint of cigar box cedar adding to the complexity, a big palate with lashings of tight restrained flavours, which will burst forth in due time, and it has a lovely, lingering tight finish. To really enjoy it now, please decant it, or have some patience as in time this will become a REALLY SUPERB WINE!!" Dan Traucki, wine writer
    Download tasting notes PDF – 2016 vintage Download tasting notes PDF – 2015 vintage Download tasting notes PDF – 2014 vintage
    $25.00 inc GST
    $25.00 inc GST
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    Koonara Mixed 6 Pack – Free shipping

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    Pick and mix 6 of your favourite Koonara Wines and get free shipping anywhere in Australia.

    Pricing per bottle of wine:

    $18.95 – Flowers for Lucy Moscato $19.95 – Emily May Rose + Angel’s Footprints Sauv Blanc $20 – Lucy & Alice Pinot Gris $24.95 – Guardian Angel Sparkling Chardonnay + Cape Banks Pinot Noir + The Golden Orb Sparkling Shiraz $25 – A Song For Alice Riesling + Cape Banks Chardonnay + Wanderlust Cabernet + Angel’s Peak Shiraz $40 – Ambriel’s Gift Cabernet + Ezra’s Gift Shiraz $100 – The Head Honcho Cabernet + The Big Guns Shiraz
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    From: $113.70 inc GST
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    Rouge Vintner Wine Glass Gift Box (set of 4 glasses)

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    The Rouge Vintner glassware range is for the wine obsessed. Designed by our very own Dru Reschke, after 20 years in the wine industry he wanted to create a glass that was not only beautiful but practical. Each glass has been coated with potassium salt which typically gives the glass 5 times the strength of a normal glass – this makes them suitable for use in domestic and commercial dishwashers. The rim has been cold cut and polished, this allows each glass to not only be fine and lightweight but also very strong and durable. Each gift box contains 4 glasses and makes an excellent wedding, engagement or Christmas present.

    Dru's checklist:

    Why has it been so hard to find a wine glass that’s just right for both red and white? One that is big, but can still fit in the dishwasher. One that gives precisely five glasses from each bottle without needing a line. One with a fine rim, but 5 x stronger than normal glass. When I couldn’t find that glass, I designed it myself.

    Glass features:

    • A fine cold-cut lip
    • 5 x stronger than normal glass
    • Ideal for both red & white wine
    • The widest point is 150ml (5oz) for maximum aeration
    • Exactly 5 glasses from every bottle
    $49.95 inc GST
    $49.95 inc GST
  • Koonara Wines Coonawarra Emily May Rose Limestone Coast 2019
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    Emily May Rosé, Limestone Coast 2019

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    ♥ Vegan Friendly ♥ Low in sulphur ♥ Dry wine

    "Beautifully made and quite delicious.” Nick Butler, The Real Review 2019
    Koonara is the name of our property in Coonawarra which has been in our family for over 100 years, and where my Gran - Emiline May Reschke - lived until she was 99. Accomplished dressmaker and designer, teacher, bridge and scrabble guru, and professional floral artist. Here’s to you Gran. “Oh, spectacular sangiovese. The Italian red variety was treated with the love and respect it deserves in this demure rosé. It’s an alluring pale pink, pretty, poised, playful, and complex - like Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. Delicate waves of strawberries and cream, cherry and raspberries dance around a sturdy, dry backbone. The wine is named after Dru Reschke’s gran, Emiline May Reschke - a fitting tip of the hat to a woman who lived until the ripe old age of 99.” 5 stars, Katie Spain, Wine Writer, The Adelaide Advertiser, 2019 Trophy for 'Norlift Best Rosé in Show’ at the Cairns Wine Show 2019 95 points, Nick Butler, The Real Review 2019 4.5 stars, Winestate Magazine 2019 Download tasting notes PDF for 2019 vintage Download tasting notes PDF for 2018 vintage Download tasting notes PDF for 2017 vintage
    $19.95 inc GST
    $19.95 inc GST
  • Koonara Wines Coonawarra Vegan organically grown wine - Pinot Noir
    Koonara Wines Pinot Noir Mount Gambier 2013
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    Cape Banks, Pinot Noir 2016

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    ♥ Vegan Friendly ♥ Low in sulphur ♥ Dry wine ♥ No residual sugar

    Cool growing conditions, rocky mineraly soils, and low-yielding vines have helped create a complex bouquet awash with true Pinot characters. It has hints of vanilla and fresh tobacco over spicy cherry notes. Mount Gambier is the perfect spot to create really good Pinot. The temperatures between Mount Gambier and the most famous French Pinot Noir region – Burgundy are extremely similar. If you add all the temperatures of the growing season together (minus 10 degree base temp), it gives you the Biological Effective Degree Days (BEDD). For 1st Cru Areas of Burgundy, the BEDD is 1242 and 1245 for Mt Gambier. Named after the Cape Banks Lighthouse, which is only 30mins drive from our vineyards, near Carpenter Rocks on South Australia’s rugged South East coastline.

    “There is a buzz around pinot grown in Mount Gambier and there’s a good reason for it. Cool growing conditions, rocky, minerally soil, and low-yielding vines contribute to the hints of vanilla and fresh tobacco over spicy cheery notes. This is a more-ish tribute to the local landscape and begs for foggy evenings, an armchair and plenty of time to waste.” 4 Stars, Katie Spain, Wine Writer Adelaide Advertiser 2019

    Food match: Tea smoked duck breast and roast potatoes with truffle salt. Download tasting notes PDF for 2016 vintage Download tasting notes PDF for 2015 vintage Download tasting notes PDF for 2013 vintage
    $24.95 inc GST
    $24.95 inc GST
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    Flowers for Lucy Moscato, Koonara Wines, Coonawarra
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    Flowers for Lucy, Moscato 2019

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    ♥ Vegan Friendly ♥ Low in sulphur

    Three days a week our two little girls would stroll into the Cellar Door to say hello, and almost always they were holding flowers picked along the way. Alice’s flowers would proudly go to her Mum, while Lucy’s - with her arm out stretched proudly - went to me. “These are for you Dad,” she’d say. One day - when she is old enough to enjoy in moderation - the burst of floral flavours in this Moscato will be my flowers to her. Dru and Nicole Reschke. Great balance of sweetness and refreshing lime, Flowers for Lucy has low alcohol – making it easier to have a glass or two before or after dinner. Food match: Summer berry trifle and homemade icecream. flowers-for-lucy-moscato-koonara-wines-aperol-spritz-cocktail

    Try a Flowers for Lucy in a cocktail

    Moscato Spritzer 3 parts Flowers for Lucy 2 parts Aperol 1 part Soda Water Crushed ice Lucy Cocktail 150ml Flowers for Lucy 30ml Gin Crushed ice with a sprig of mint Download tasting notes PDF - 2019 vintage Download tasting notes PDF - 2018 vintage Download tasting notes PDF - 2017 vintage Download tasting notes PDF - 2016 vintage
    $18.95 inc GST
    $18.95 inc GST

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LATEST NEWS & EVENTS

  • Oct242019

    Does organic wine last as long?

    Organic wine should last longer, so it all comes down to preservatives. Blog by Dru Reschke from Koonara Wines.

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    Penola late night Christmas shopping – Wednesday, November 27 2019

    Shop local this Christmas! With a large variety of unique gift options Penola is your one stop shopping destination! Join Prince of Wales Hotel, Koonara Wines,…

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  • Jul102019

    Mt Gambier Gold Cup Platinum Marquee, Mt Gambier Racing Club – Friday, 6 December

    Don’t miss the social event of the year! Join us in our ultra glamorous Platinum Marquee as we celebrate Mount Gambier’s prestige racing event. Your ticket…

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Over 100 Years in Coonawarra

The quality of your barrels and winemakers. We believe quality is paramount in creating a wine which is not only good, but consistent and age worthy. 

Our red wines are aged in French Oak. All of our reds are aged in 100% fine-grain French Oak Hogsheads barrels. Some cheaper wines are produced with oak substitutes such as chips, planks and dominos.

Low yields, small grapes and big flavour. Both our Coonawarra vineyards yield 2 tonnes of fruit or less – the average for Coonawarra is 3.5 – 4 tonnes. We grow small grapes, which are about the size of a pea. This allows us to get more skin per litre of juice. Because the colour and flavour in wine comes from the grapes skin, we can get big colour and flavour in our wines.

Great winemaking team. Peter Douglas the former Wynns winemaker is our winemaker, and one of the most respected winemakers and wine judges in Australia. Both Peter, Dru and Nicole take a collaborative approach to producing award winning wines each year. If you’re looking to visit Coonawarra Wineries, Koonara Wines should be on your list! 

In 2017 our Coonawarra vineyards were certified to Australian Organic standards, and no pesticides have been used on the property for over 10 years. 

Visit our cellar door at 44 Church Street, Penola

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110 years in Coonawarra

The Reschke family has been in Coonawarra since 1906, so we are almost locals …

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Organic Viticulture

We are the first Certified Organic vineyard in Coonawarra.

None of the bad stuff

Low levels of sulphur in all our wines, no oak substitutes and no residual sugar* in our wines.

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Great Dirt

Our red vines are grown on famous terra rossa soil in Coonawarra, and our whites and Pinot Noir are grown in Mt Gambier the coolest region in mainland Australia.