Cabernet is king in Coonawarra
Coonawarra’s agricultural history began in the mid-1800s when settlers recognised the potential of the flat, fertile plains for sheep farming and fruit growing. Enterprising Scottish settler John Riddoch planted Coonawarra’s first grapevines in 1891, thirty years after establishing a lucrative sheep farm at Penola.
Coonawarra is, perhaps alongside Margaret River, Australia’s most famous cool-climate region for Cabernet Sauvignon. The Bordeaux grape varietal found a home in the terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, producing rich, firmly structured red wines that are renowned around the world as some of the finest in Australia.
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