Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who noticed the fertility of a small strip of terra rossa soil in the far south-east of South Australia. He planted vineyards in 1891 and completed the estate’s three-gabled winery in 1896.

After Riddoch’s passing in 1901, the Coonawarra region languished for the first half of the 18th century. In 1951, the area was revived when Melbourne wine merchants Samuel and David Wynn purchased

Riddoch’s original vineyards and winery. They recognised the intrinsic qualities of Coonawarra wines – with their richness and intense fruit characters – and began to build an independent identity in the region. Wynns Coonawarra Estate was then created, and is now one of Australia’s best-known buildings.

Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region’s pre-eminent wine producer. It is the largest holder of single-vineyard wines, and the longest-established winery in Coonawarra. Its wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district, lauded for their consistent quality and depth of flavour.

Alongside its cellar door and large outdoor area, Wynns Coonawarra Estate offers its visitors an interpretive centre on climate, history and winemaking to discover what makes the property tick. The Make Your Own Blend interactive tour allows guests to try their hand at making a blend from the winery’s own cabernet sauvignon, shiraz and merlot varieties. The tour is a chance to inject your own personality and wine-style into a special bottle you can take home.

With an experienced and knowledgeable team of winemakers and viticulturalists – including the 2010 Gourmet Traveller WINE’s Winemaking Team of the Year, Sue Hodder and Allen Jenkins – Wynns Coonawarra Estate won the 2013 Wine of the Year award from Jeremy Oliver’s Australian Wine Annual for its 2010 John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon.

Also selling coffee, cheese platters and a range of merchandise, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is a lovely opportunity to discover the oldest wine estate in Coonawarra.




2015 Wynns Black Label ‘60th Vintage Release’ Cabernet Sauvignon (60th vintage)

Planted in the heart of the vineyards terra rossa strip, this classic wine is a testament to the quality of Coonawarra Cabernet. As the first labelled Australian cabernet sauvignon, it has been a quality age- worthy wine since its first vintage in 1954.

2014 Wynns Johnson’s Block Cabernet Sauvignon

This premium vintage was harvested from Wynns Coonawarra Estate’s oldest surviving cabernet sauvignon vineyard. The year was a great season for the historic vineyard, so this 2014 vintage is a single-vineyard release.

2015 Wynns Black Label Shiraz

This decadent shiraz is a superb example of the beautiful effects of Coonawarra’s cool climate. Displaying great fruity characters, this wine has rich and complex flavours of red berries, spice and chocolate. Layered fruit aromas are underpinned by tightly focused tannins for a delectable finish.

2016 Wynns Cabernet Shiraz Merlot

Since the first Wynns Coonawarra Estate red-blend was produced in 1969, this ‘red-stripe’ blend of three grape varieties is a testament to the traditional Australian blending style. Best suited for immediate consumption and perfect for almost any occasion, this wine exhibits soft fruit and judicious oak tones.



  • Getting There: 1 Memorial Drive,
  • Suburb: Coonawarra
  • Phone: (08) 8736 2225
  • Fax: (08) 8736 2228
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
  • Website: www.wynns.com.au
  • Cellar Door: Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily Closed Christmas Day
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: Available for functions and conferences (Max 60 seated and 100 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Cellar door wine club and Make Your Own Blend interactive wine-blending tour

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