For the best of the Coonawarra Wine Tour, look no further than the masters themselves – Coonawarra Experiences.
The Coonawarra Wine Tour Specialists
We had the most fantastic wine experience while holidaying in the Coonawarra region as a family. Simon and Kerry, owners of Coonawarra Experiences, collaborate with local businesses to be able to provide their guests with the best of the Coonawarra.
The Coonawarra Highlights Winery Tour
Our choice Coonawarra Experience was the Highlights Winery Tour, which was a generous 4 hour tour visiting four different cellar doors. Simon took us on tour for the afternoon; he was very friendly, full of conversation and we loved hearing his own story and all about their journey to get to where they are now. Our two boys, aged 5 and 6, were suitably entertained with totem tennis, toys, colouring, blocks to play with and made some new friends along the way. Simon and Kerry tailored our tour to suit our group needs.
Coonawarra Wineries On Tour
Our day began at Brands Laira, where we enjoyed the perfect lunch, delighting on the local produce platter, in the cellar. They even made up a mini platter for the kids to share, which was a really nice touch and they loved it!
A great highlight for all of us was a photo opportunity at the Coonawarra Railway Siding which was built in 1898 and is a great landmark for visitors to the area to get yourself a great photo for the memory book.
On our Coonawarra Experience Highlights winery tour we also visited Wynn’s Estate, Raidis Estate and Rymill Winery. We had the most memorable experience, tasting some beautiful wines, making some purchases and we loved the relaxed yet professional approach from Simon. We were introduced to many of the winery employees, had fascinating conversations about wines, vines, specialities, processing procedures and the Coonawarra Region itself. It is very unique to be able to explore a wine region, on tour, with children (and at a good price) – we love being able to explore and share as a family, so this was perfect for us. We’re so grateful that there are services such as this which allow us as parents, to be able to enjoy the things we love – with the kids in tow.
Accommodation for your Coonawarra Wine Tour Experience
Simon and Kerry were the perfect hosts. Their accommodation was clean, well presented, functional and well maintained. They were easy to communicate with, very accommodating, helpful in all aspects of our trip, super friendly and were fantastic with our kids.
Contact Coonawarra Experiences to see what great accommodation options they have on offer. Simon and Kerry work collaboratively with a number of other fabulous local businesses to give you the finest regional experience.
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Penola and the Coonawarra Region
During our stay in Penola, we explored a number of other wineries, which were all unique in their own way. Being the Parker’s we had to visit Parker Coonawarra Estate, the boys found this to be particularly exciting! We had a lovely tasting at Zema Estate while we were out on the bikes one day; a great stop into Bellwether Wines, this was one of our favourites, mainly for the uniqueness of the cellar door, the cottage garden and play area outside.
Walk or Cycle in Penola, Coonawarra Region
We enjoyed cycling around Penola itself, the town is full of lovely little streets. Our favourite of course being Penola’s hidden gem, National Trust Petticoat Lane which retains some original gardens and cottages from the 19th century. A stop in at the Mary MacKillop Penola Centre is worthwhile to learn some of the history of Mary MacKillop and the foundation of Australian Sisters of Saint Joseph in 1866. If you are a building lover, find St. Mary the Virgin, Anglican Church in Penola, where the foundation stone was laid January 8th 1872 and opened for worship in July 1873.
The Lions Club have constructed a great path which you can use for bikes or on foot out to the Greenrise Arboretum. It is an easy ride from the Penola township, starting on some back streets heading towards Mt Gambier, keep an eye out for the Lions Club track! It is perfect for families, roughly a 5km round trip, depending on which end of town you are staying. There is a BBQ area at the other end of the arboretum which you’ll find by wandering through the nice paths created. Camping is available by donation at the Penola Coonawarra Information Centre.
Head towards the coast to beautiful Robe.