Brand's Laira Coonawarra

The legend of Brand’s Laira Coonawarra dates back to 1893, when a retired sea captain named Henry Stentiford purchased a 28-hectare vineyard in Coonawarra. Stentiford named the property ‘Laira’, after an old square-rigged ship that traded around the coast of Australia and New Zealand at the time.

In 1966, Brand’s Laira Coonawarra was established by Eric Brand and his wife Nancy, and became one of the first small wineries in the region and has since celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2016. Continuing the traditional winemaking methods, Brand’s Laira Coonawarra consistently delivers premium-quality, award-winning wines from one of Australia’s most recognised wine regions and was given a 5-star rating in the Halliday Wine Companion.

Although cabernet sauvignon is the specialty wine of the Coonawarra region, the winery also produces fantastic riesling, chardonnay and shiraz. Passion and love is poured into all of the wines that Brand’s Laira Coonawarra produces. The winery’s primary focus has always been on wine, however it also stocks a number of locally-made products that are distinctive to the region.

Brand’s Laira Coonawarra offers guests a unique tasting experience by showcasing the best of what the region has to offer, and presenting visitors with the opportunity to try wines that are exclusive to its cellar door. This includes the winery’s Old Station range and its secret blend, August Tide.

The Brand’s Laira Coonawarra cellar door is also home to Eric Brand’s original cellar, known as Eric’s shed. The shed is an exceptional example of the heritage of the region and vineyard, and visitors are encouraged to wander through and view Eric’s old wine collection. During your visit, enjoy a ploughman’s platter in Eric’s personal cellar or head out onto the beautiful surrounding lawns.

Over the years, the winery has won numerous accolades for its exceptional wines, including The Stodart Trophy and Best Cabernet at The National Wine Show of Australia. The winery was also awarded back-to-back wins at the Limestone Coast Wine Show for Best Wine of Show with its cabernet sauvignon. With so much to offer, it’s no wonder Brand’s Laira Coonawarra is one of the region’s most recognised cellar doors.



2015 Brand’s Laira One Seven One Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Having won the Best Coonawarra Cabernet award at the 2017 International Wine Challenge, this cabernet sauvignon is made for ageing and can exceed more than 20 years if cellared correctly. Hosting an array of intense fruit flavours, this wine integrates fine oak flavours for a balanced finish.

2013 Brand’s Laira Stentiford’s Shiraz

This elegant shiraz has vibrant plum, blackberry and cherry aromas and is accompanied by subtle spicy oak notes from fermentation and maturation. This wine displays pure plum and cherry fruits on the palate that combines well with the integrated characters of spice and nutty oak.

2014 Brand’s Laira Blockers Cabernet Sauvignon

This crimson-coloured wine displays a nose of classic varietal cassis and blackberry fruits with subtle spice, vanilla and dusty cedar oak notes. The palate regards the cool-climate style of wine with rich, dark berry fruits, as well as chocolate and vanilla notes.

2016 Brand’s Laira Old Station Riesling

This bright and fresh riesling has a palate of zesty citrus and pear flavours that beautifully balance its natural sweetness. The wine features a vibrant nose of Tahitian lime and Jonathan apple, accompanied by subtle spice notes.



  • Getting There: Riddoch Highway,
  • Suburb: Coonawarra
  • Phone: (08) 8736 3260
  • Fax: (08) 8736 3208
  • Email: [javascript protected email address]
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  • Cellar Door: Open 9:00am–4:30pm Monday to Friday, and 11:00am–4:00pm weekends and public holidays Closed Christmas and Good Friday
  • Restaurant: No
  • Weddings & Functions: Yes (Max 150 outdoors and 55 indoors seating, and 150 cocktail)
  • Accommodation: No
  • Additional Features: The Captain’s Wine Club, exclusive cellar door range, family- and pet-friendly