Events

Here at Koonara Wines, we just love hosting events that bring people together

We love creating unforgettable moments filled with laughter, good company, and of course our delicious wines. 

Our Calendar is bursting with events,  from our vibrant and lively Food and Wine Fiestas, Cellar Door wine dinners and the occasional party to the exclusive and ultra-premium Koonara Wines Platinum Marquee at regional race days – there’s always something to look forward to in the world of Koonara. 

So, regardless of whether you are a wine enthusiast or simply looking for a good time, you can count on Koonara Wines to be your go-to destination for exceptional experiences. Check out some of our upcoming events and join us in the good times. 

JANUARY: Mount Gambier Summer Fiesta

Join us for an unforgettable evening in the picturesque Cave Gardens.

Let your hair down as our live band sets the tone, followed by a DJ to keep the vibes going. Enjoy all of your favourite Koonara Wines as well as refreshing beers and ciders. Treat your taste buds to a curated selection of summer-fresh foods that’ll have you coming back for seconds (or thirds).

Each ticket also comes with a signature Koonara Wines polycarbonate glass for you to keep.

???? Date: Friday 19th January 2024 ????Location: Cave Gardens

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MARCH: Mount Gambier Gold Cup

Join us in our ultra-glamorous Platinum Marquee as we celebrate Mount Gambier’s biggest racing event.

Your ticket includes a 5-hour premium wine and beer package with cocktail-style food and entry into the racecourse. You’ll enjoy exclusive betting facilities, prime views, and live entertainment.

???? Date: Friday 22nd March 2024, 12-5 pm

???? Location: Mount Gambier Racing Club

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Tickets are $209.95 + $5.80 Moshtix booking fee. Total ticket cost $215.75

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MARCH: Mount Gambier Fringe Festival – FRIDAY

Fringe Mount Gambier presents LUMINOUS LANEWAY as part of the Fringe Laneways series at the 2024 festival! Enjoy an evening of Fringe Performers, Music, Pop-up bars with KOONARA Wines, Street Food, and interactive Art.

COST: Free

WHEN: Friday 29th March, 4pm – 10pm

WHERE: ‘No Name Lane’, Commercial St (Laneway between Presto and MP Tony Pasin’s office)

MARCH: Mount Gambier Fringe Festival – SATURDAY

Fringe Laneway Fiesta hits Englebrecht Lane on Easter Saturday for a night of twilight markets, Fringe performances and roving artists, awesome Fire performances, pop up bars including us here at Koonara & tasty eats!

FREE ENTRY

TWILIGHT MARKETS ~FRINGE PERFORMERS ~ ROVERS ~ MUSIC ~ FIRE SHOWS ~ INTERACTIVE ART ~ POP-UP BARS ~ STREET FOOD ~ KIDS STUFF

SATURDAY 30th March 5.00 pm – 9.30pm

MARCH: Hamilton Summer (ish) Fiesta

Join us as we host our Hamilton Pop-Up bar in the lush Botanic Gardens. It’s a great night out with a fantastic atmosphere, mouth-watering food, and, of course, all your favourite wines.

We’ll have all the usual things that make our Hamilton Fiesta a cracking night. There will be live bands, a DJ, wine, beer and cider available, as well as various food stalls for you to enjoy. The ticket includes polycarbonate glass to keep!

???? Date: 15th March 2024

???? Location: Hamilton Botanical Gardens

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MAY: Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival

Mark your calendars for a celebration of creativity and community at the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival from May 16th to 19th.

At Koonara Wines, we’ve always believed that every bottle tells a story through its label. Some might even say (it’s us—we say it) that the label is a canvas ready for the story. So, with that in mind, we’re turning the brush over to you! Unleash your inner artist at our cellar door with a unique drop-in activity: design your own wine label or let the kids craft their candle masterpieces.

In collaboration with the imaginative minds at Be-Artiful Creative in Mount Gambier, we’ve prepared some label templates for your artistic journey.

Book your ticket now to secure your preferred timeslot over the weekend, as limited spots are available!

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JULY: Cellar Dwellers

Come for a morning of toasting your mimosa glasses and enjoying an assortment of sweet and savoury toasted delights from local small business, “Occasional Loaf”.

Wine and mimosas are available by the glass, along with Shiraz Hot Chocolate for those feeling the winter chill. Of course, non-alcoholic Hot Chocolates are also available for those who prefer.

Sourdough toasties are available for purchase, along with sourdough fruit toast, served with butter.

Come along and enjoy an early morning treat to start your weekend off, and browse our Cellar Door as we open early to help kickstart the Cellar Dwellers weekend festivities. See you there! 

JULY: Cellar Door Fest – Winter Edit

Cellardoorfest Winter Edit is returning on the 19th and 20th July at the Adelaide Convention Centre and we can’t wait to join the fun!

Come along and say hello while discovering SA’s hottest food, wines & spirits at this year’s ultimate winter warmer. There’s a host of cool events, live music, and so much more. Strictly limited tickets are available – book yours today at cellardoorfestival.com

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AUGUST: Coonawarra Roadshow

Taste the best of Coonawarra with producers pouring their finest drops in a city near you. Meet the makers, taste the wines, and discover why Coonawarra wines are among the best in the world! The 2024 event series will showcase over 100 wines in four capital cities and regional hubs over three weeks in August.

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OCTOBER: Brisbane Good Food & Wine Show

Join us in Brisbane on 25th October for three days of good food, good wine and good times.

Watch top chefs and your favourite food heroes live on stage as they cook up a storm and meet over 300 producers to sip, sample, and shop their produce.

Don’t miss Australia’s tastiest day out. Tickets are on sale now, and we’d love for you to drop on by and say hello.

NOVEMBER: bet 365 William Thomson Dunkeld Cup

Join us in our Platinum Marquee for a fabulous day of racing, elegance and fun at the 2024 bet 365 William Thomson Dunkeld Cup.

Our marquee is located in a premium trackside location with the stunning backdrop of Mount Abrupt. Your ticket includes a 5-hour beverage package of premium wines and beer, as well as entry into the racecourse, with gourmet food and live entertainment.

STRICT DRESS CODE: Men in suits, and ladies in your racing finest (no shorts, denim, t-shirts, runners, or thongs). Entry may be refused if the dress code is not adhered to.

???? Date: Saturday 16th November 2024, 12-5 pm

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DECEMBER: Sportsbet Ballarat Cup

Join us as we host our first-ever Platinum Marquee at the 2023 Sportsbet Ballarat Cup.

It will be a fabulous day of racing, elegance and fun at the Koonara Wines Platinum Marquee. Follow our Socials for more information and ticket release dates.

???? Date: Saturday 9th December 2023, 12-5 pm

???? Location: 240 Kennedys Road, Miners Rest 3352

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