An update from Dru and Nicole

Nicole here, I thought it was my turn to give you all an update on what been going on here at Koonara. I guess I should start with the obvious that we are nearly at the end of winter.  I have begun to feel a slight spring in my step with the days getting just that bit longer and the warmth of the winter sun on my skin. 

Nicole and Alice selfie

At the moment, the vineyards are undertaking an extensive rejuvenation process, a little bit like checking into the Endota Day Spa for a full body scrub and peel. We are removing old wood to increase sap flow, eutypa control, and to prepare the vines for pruning.

Winter vineyard image of end of row

The vines are indulging in well-deserved R & R in what can only be described as ideal conditions. Warm sunny days after frosty starts coupled with on and off again rain. 

Dru tells me we will be applying some basalt to the soil. Basalt brings much-needed micro-nutrients to the soil and helps the vines uptake other nutrients. By Spring, they will be zingy with eagerness for bud burst.

Vineyard in winter vines with no leaves

I’m currently reading The Downstairs Girl.  I’m always looking to Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club for my reading inspiration, and I’m very rarely let down. I’m halfway through this and really enjoying it. It’s about a Chinese American girl growing up in segregated Atlanta. I lived in South Carolina for a year when I was 20, so this part of the world is very dear to me. So far, it’s a really compelling story about a driven and resourceful young lady.

Book Nicole is currently reading

Alice and I left Dru and Lucy to it the other weekend. We headed off to Shepparton so Alice could compete with her Calisthenics team at a competition. Whilst it was a lot of driving, it was worth it as her team came away with the Aggregate, which means they were pretty gosh darn awesome! 

Images of alice at calisthenics competition

Till next month,

Dru & Nicole Reschke


All the other bits

Dru and Alice tending to vines

Ecologi Update

Because we really want to make a difference. For every $15.00 spent on wine between now and September 4th, the folks at Ecologi will plant a tree on your behalf.

You can check out your contribution when you log into your account. There’s a section called “My Forest” that shows just how many trees your wine purchase has contributed towards. 




Images taken from our instagram page

Over on Instagram

We have been having quite a bit of fun with these new fang dangled reel things on Instagram. Be sure to go and have a watch.




Image of Album of the month

Album of the Month

Maggie Rogers – Surrender

This Artist will grow on you. She snuck up on me, and before I realised it, she was on about 10 of my playlists. Not quite as good as her previous album, but again, she creeps up on you, so hopefully, I’ll be proven wrong.



Bottle shot of wine of the month

Wine of the Month

A beautiful, elegant, balanced Chardonnay – Grown by the Pinot and Chardonnay obsessed John & Bronwyn Calvert from the famed sourdough and granola of the same name. I’m afraid you’ll have to go on the waitlist if you want to get your hands on a bottle. 



Image of mushroom risotto in a bowl

Recipe of the Month

Mushroom Risotto

Each month we trawl thru our recipe books to show you just how easy it is to match our wine of the month with regular everyday food. At this time of year, it’s hard to go past something so earthy, rich and warm. Believe it or not, it’s also a great match for our Pete Said No Pinot Noir as well. 

Find the recipe here 


Greenpeace protest image

2 mins to do good – 

World leaders will gather again at the UN meeting in New York for the final round of negotiations to decide the fate of our oceans.

We need Australia’s Environment and Water Minister, Tanya Plibersek to help protect our oceans by attending in person. Will you email Tanya and urge her to show up at this crucial time?


Upcoming Events


Cellar Door In the City

Join us in August as we pack up the wines and head around the nation so you can taste the best that Coonawarra has to offer. Check out where we will be and the full program here

TICKETS | $65+ BF Includes entry, souvenir wine glass, 3 hours of wine tastings, meet the winemaker and complimentary food offering




Pink Drink Society launch poster

Pink Drink Society Launch party

Treat yourself to a fabulous, fun, well-deserved night out thanks to Thyme at The Lakes and Koonara Wines and help us celebrate the launch of our PINK DRINK society! A society dedicated to our beautiful Pink Drinks. For more information, click here

WHEN | Friday 16th September from 6 pm 

WHERE | Thyme at the Lakes, Mount Gambier 

TICKETS | Earlybird tickets are just $70.00 per person until 26th August.

INCLUSIONS | Glass of wine on arrival, canapes during the night, entertainment and a $5 donation to Spare Ya Change for Kids. 


Should have tour poster

Should Have Hired a Car Tour

Anne Fraser, Christy and Jason Wallace and Andy Penkow, come together to share their songs and stories as a part of their Should have hired a car tour.  For more information, click here

WHEN | Friday 7th October September 7.30pm

WHERE |Coonawarra Memorial Hall

TICKETS | $25 per person


Dunkeld Attendees

Dunkeld Races

Our Platinum Marquee is located in the premium trackside infield location, this marquee is suited for those guests looking for a superior day of racing, elegance and fun. 

Tickets are $205 which includes general admission to the racecourse, all-inclusive gourmet finger food as well as premium wine and beers and live entertainment. 

To book or to find out more click here


Upcoming Wine days

TODAY Thursday 18th August – International Pinot Noir Day its ok we have you covered with a great range of Pinot Noirs. 

Try our Pete Said No or our Cape Banks Razortooth Pinot