Bowen Estate

Located on the famous terra rossa soil of the Coonawarra region, Bowen Estate has an outstanding reputation for producing a quintessential range of classic premium wines. Established in the 1970s by husband-and-wife team Doug and Joy Bowen, Bowen Estate embodies the traditional winemaking and viticultural skills of Doug and his winemaker daughter Emma Bowen, which has become the benchmark for classic Coonawarra wines.

Starting with bare paddocks that had been part of a dairy farm until 1972, Doug and Joy established a vineyard area of 12 hectares. Since then, the property has grown tremendously, with the vineyard area now totalling 34 hectares. The cellar door rests in the unique, original dairy building with views of the majestic winery and Coonawarra vineyards.


Planted with cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties, as well as a smaller planting of chardonnay, the first vintage from Bowen Estate’s winery was produced in 1975 and in 2014 the family celebrated the winery’s 40th vintage. Throughout this impressive

epoch of winemaking, Bowen Estate’s wines are iconic to the Coonawarra region, representing the integrity and quality of Coonawarra to a greater audience.

Bowen Estate is a truly family-owned and -operated winery. Doug, Bowen Estate’s viticulturist, is assisted by wife Joy who conducts sales and marketing, and the couple’s daughter Emma, who became the company’s winemaker in 2002, and her husband Alistair, who aids in both the vineyard and winemaking.

Doug and Joy also used the original name of the dairy, Donnybrook Farm, to market their range of handmade condiments and showcase regional produce at its finest. Son and chef, Simon Bowen and his wife Erika, have now taken on a role in the company and produce a range of seasonal jams, chutneys, jellies and sauces from their nearby restaurant Pipers of Penola. The products are also available for sale through the Bowen Estate cellar door.



2013 Bowen Estate Chardonnay

Bright, light straw in colour with abundant summer stone fruit characters greeting the taster’s nose. The textured palate of layered peach nuances is enhanced by the finely integrated acidity and oak influences. This wine was barrel fermented in new French oak barriques and oak-aged for seven months prior to bottling. Drinking well now or over the next two years.

2012 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon

An opulent and stylish wine that leaps out of the glass. Dark berry fruit characters dominate the bouquet and palate. Delicately handled fine grain French oak supports all aspects of this wine. The palate is well structured and richly textured with classic Coonawarra berry richness and balanced tannins. Enjoy over the next five to seven years.

2012 Bowen Estate Shiraz

Brilliant bright red-purple hues shine from the glass, a sign of the wonderful wine this is from beginning to end. A classical bouquet of ripe, dark, stone fruit characters is overlayed by fresh integrated American oak flavours. A wonderful balance between the mouth-filling fruit and tightly ingrained tannins ensures this wine offers pure enjoyment. Enjoy over the next five to seven years.



  • Getting There: 15459 Riddoch Highway,
  • Suburb: Coonawarra
  • Phone: (08) 8737 2229
  • Fax: (08) 8737 2173
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
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  • Cellar Door: Open 10:00am–5:00pm daily
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: No
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: Annual degustation dinners in conjunction with Pipers of Penola restaurant