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Katnook Estate

Sip on award-winning vintages in one of the Coonawarra wine region’s oldest vineyards, where vines stretch across acres of fertile red soil.

A visit to the Katnook Estate combines a historical experience with the opportunity to taste its celebrated wines. Explore buildings that date back to the late 1800s, where you can learn about the processes behind winemaking, before sampling the celebrated wines created here. The team at Katnook Estate have won multiple trophies and accolades for their vintages, making a trip here a vital stop on any visit to Coonawarra.

Katnook Estate gained its name from an indigenous word meaning “Fat Land.” See and touch the terra rossa, the rich, red soil that has proved fertile ground for grapes since 1896. John Riddoch, a wine pioneer, established the estate here then, making it one of the oldest in the Coonawarra wine region. 

Explore nearly 500 acres (200 hectares) of vineyards which produce a wide variety of grapes. Stop by the Woolshed, which is one of the oldest buildings on the estate and the site of Riddoch’s first winemaking endeavor. 

Sample the produce of the vineyards in the Cellar Door, another building created by Riddoch in the late 1800s. Here you can snack on local food in between tastings of various Katnook vintages. Viticulture experts will talk you through your free tasting session, providing an insight into the story behind each wine you sample. 

Head to the side of the Cellar Door to look at the terra rossa pit, where you can learn about the soil profile that makes these wines so special. 

Katnook Estate creates a welcoming atmosphere for everyone. Take a picnic to one of the scenic lunch spots that overlook the fields. Children and pets are also welcome at this friendly vineyard, with facilities available to keep the whole family happy during a tasting session. 

The Katnook Estate is open throughout the year, with open fires in winter creating a relaxing atmosphere. Book ahead to be guaranteed a tasting session, then drive for 5 minutes north of historic Penola. Tour groups can be arranged by appointment in advance, while the Cellar Door is also available for functions and weddings.


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Lodging Near Katnook Estate

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$108
Coonawarra Units

Coonawarra Units

15006 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
4.3
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Coonawarra, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Zema Estate, Di Giorgio Family Wines, and Brand's Laira.

$110
Alexander Cameron Suites

Alexander Cameron Suites

23-25 Church Street, Penola
4.6
of 5, from 13 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Situated in the historical district, this motel is 0.2 mi (0.4 km) from Koonara Wines and within 3 mi (5 km) of Parker Coonawarra Estate and Patrick of Coonawarra. Hollick Wines and Balnaves of Connawarra are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$97
Coonawarra Motor Lodge

Coonawarra Motor Lodge

114 Church Street, Penola
4.0
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Penola, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Koonara Wines and Parker Coonawarra Estate. Patrick of Coonawarra and Hollick Wines are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Merlot & Verdelho

Merlot & Verdelho

14 Arthur Street,, Penola
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Penola, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Koonara Wines and Parker Coonawarra Estate. Patrick of Coonawarra and Hollick Wines are also within 2 mi (3 km).

Georgie's Cottage

Georgie's Cottage

1 Riddoch Street,, Penola
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Penola, this hotel is 0.3 mi (0.6 km) from Koonara Wines and within 3 mi (5 km) of Parker Coonawarra Estate and Patrick of Coonawarra. Hollick Wines and Balnaves of Connawarra are also within 3 mi (5 km).

$59
Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park

Coonawarra Bush Holiday Park

Lot 1, Comaum School Road, Coonawarra
3.0
of 5, from 1 reviews
2.0 out of 5.0

Situated on a lake, this caravan park/campground is within 9 mi (15 km) of Redman Wines, Brand's Laira, and Di Giorgio Family Wines. Zema Estate and Wynns Coonawarra Estate are also within 9 mi (15 km).

$100
William Macintosh Motor Lodge

William Macintosh Motor Lodge

Corner of Messamurry Road, Naracoorte
3.4
of 5, from 7 reviews
3.5 out of 5.0

Situated in Naracoorte, this motel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naracoorte Golf Club, Parklands Nature Park, and The Sheep's Back Museum. Naracoorte Caves National Park Visitor Centre and Naracoorte Caves National Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).

Sundowner Naracoorte

Sundowner Naracoorte

20 Stewart Toe, Naracoorte
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Naracoorte, this hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Naracoorte Golf Club, Parklands Nature Park, and The Sheep's Back Museum. Naracoorte Caves National Park Visitor Centre and Naracoorte Caves National Park are also within 12 mi (20 km).