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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!

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9 top tips on Cellaring wine

9 top tips on Cellaring wine

My wife Nicole hates how much wine we have cluttering up the house, and as much as I feel her pain, I can't help it, because I've tasted how great an aged wine can be. Fine - I can help it, but I'm choosing to soothe her with back rubs rather than stop collecting....

Let support boobs. No boys, not like that.

Let support boobs. No boys, not like that.

It's National Breast Cancer Day – lets look at where your money goes: I don’t know about you, but I work pretty hard for my pay. When I spend money in our business, I look carefully to make sure we can get the best return on investment possible. And likewise, when I...

Cabernet Celebrations Wine Dinner – Friday 2 October, 6.30pm

Cabernet Celebrations Wine Dinner – Friday 2 October, 6.30pm

Celebrate the start of the long weekend by joining us for an intimate wine dinner in our newly renovated cellar door. Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal by acclaimed chef Kirby Shearing matched with some of our new release wines and museum Cabernet Sauvignon's. Dru will...

How wineries can help reduce global warming

How wineries can help reduce global warming

We can take the same amount of carbon that 264,600 cars emit in a year out of the atmosphere - and it will save wineries hundreds of millions. ABC radio rang me last week regarding a new study about planting different varieties as global warming advances. Margaret...

Cellar Dwellers Wine Dinner – Friday 24th July

Cellar Dwellers Wine Dinner – Friday 24th July

Join Koonara Wines for an intimate wine dinner by the fire in our newly renovated cellar door. Enjoy a delicious 3 course meal by acclaimed chef Kirby Shearing matched with Koonara’s exclusive museum wines. Owner Dru Reschke will host the event, giving you an insight...

Demetrio and the Snake

Demetrio and the Snake

We lost one of the good ones this week (29th May, 2020). Demetrio Zema was part of the Coonawarra fabric, a great man, a great father, and a man who you always knew what he was thinking, because he’ll tell you. Demetrio loved duck shooting. He was an exceptional...

20 Ways to Detox your Body & Mind

20 Ways to Detox your Body & Mind

Things can be tough in lockdown so I have created a list of things that can help. Often a toxic build-up can push the body over the edge to sickness in times of stress, so here is a list of things that can reduce the toxic load. Body detox Creating a habit can be the...

Laughter Can Decrease Stress: Cooped-up Comedy Survival Guide

Laughter Can Decrease Stress: Cooped-up Comedy Survival Guide

In trying times, laughter can literally be the best medicine, so we have compiled the best laughs out there. Why? A 2016 study showed laughter can decrease stress hormones in the body, decreasing depression. Laughter decreases serum levels of cortisol, and increases...

Grant High School Sound Bites – Friday, March 13

Grant High School Sound Bites – Friday, March 13

Don't miss Grant High School's Sound Bites on Friday, March 13 at the Mount Gambier Railway Lands. There will be live performances from Grant High School music students, and street foods. All your favourite Koonara Wines will be available by the glass and bottle....

Good Food & Wine Show Melbourne – 29-31 May

Good Food & Wine Show Melbourne – 29-31 May

The Melbourne Good Food & Wine Show will take place at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre from May 29-31. Wander through the show and sample from hundreds of food and drink exhibitors, including Koonara Wines, chat with winemakers and distillers and...

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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

110 years in Coonawarra

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

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.

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.

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