For the best of the Coonawarra Wine Tour, look no further than the masters themselves – Coonawarra Experiences.
The Coonawarra Wine Tour Specialists
We have had the most fantastic wine experiences 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 Experiences have been the Highlights Winery Tour, which is a generous 4-hour tour visiting four different cellar doors. Simon, our host, is very friendly, full of conversation and we loved hearing his own story including his and Kerry’s journey to get to where they are now. Our children were suitably entertained with outdoor games, 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 Brand’s Laira, where we enjoyed the most amazing lunch in Eric Brand’s personal cellar, delighting on local produce platters and fresh baguettes.
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 photo for the memory book. As the locals say, “If you don’t get a photo at the Siding, you haven’t been to the Coonawarra”.
Coonawarra Experiences will tailor your winery tour to best suit your requirements and flavour preferences. We had some very memorable experiences visiting Coonawarra wineries on tour; including Raidis Estate, Balnaves of Coonawarra, Wynn’s Estate, Bellwether Wines and Rymill Winery. Our Coonawarra Wine Tour, highlights included beautiful wine tastings, the bottles we’ve taken home to enjoy at a later date and the relaxed yet very professional approach from Simon, our host. Simon makes every experience personal for his guests. We enjoyed conversations with winery employees about their 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.
During our 2020 visit, we stayed at Sotto Il Noce, which we booked via Air BnB. The house sleeps six, however, we contacted the owner and he was happy to accommodate three extra children if we brought our own bedding. The house and garden were perfect for a comfortable, home-away-from-home feel.
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Penola and the Coonawarra Region
Penola is a lovely town to explore. We visited a number of other wineries, which were all unique in their own way. We’ve had additional visits to Parker Coonawarra Estate, we had a lovely tasting at Zema Estate while we were out on the bikes one day; and an additional stop into Bellwether Wines, which boasts unique, rustic and authentic character in the cellar door, 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.