Coonawarra Vignerons Cup is just one week away

With more than 3,000 visitors each year, there’s a reason the Coonawarra Cup has the reputation as the State’s best country race meet, combining a spectacular day out showcasing the region’s best food and wine.

On Thursday 18 January, racegoers will descend on the stunning back-drop that is the Penola Racecourse for the running of the 36th Annual Coonawarra Vignerons Cup.

Hosted by Coonawarra Vignerons, the sold-out marquee will be guided by guest MC Jane Ferrari. Wine Communicators of Australia named Jane Ferrari its 2012 Wine Communicator of the Year for her long-term effort in the global promotion and education of not only Yalumba, but Australian wine in general. The marquee offers 728 guests with the chance to sample the region’s world class wines, while watching an eight-race program unfold. Guests will also have the unique opportunity to purchase a six litre imperial bottle of Coonawarra wine to take home. We are also looking forward to Kate Hastings, South East stylist of Perception Personal Styling announcing who will take away one of the following three fashion titles:
Coonawarra \ Fashions in the Marquee Deland Engineering Best Dressed Female; Coonawarra \ Fashions in the Marquee Balnaves of Penola Best Millinery; and Coonawarra \ Fashions in the Marquee Best Dressed Male.

“The highly sought after Coonawarra Vignerons marquee tickets sold out in record time this year and we continue to receive calls seeking access.” said Olivia Nunn, Coonawarra Vignerons Executive Officer.

“It is a credit to the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Committee and Members to have grown this day to the size it will be on January 18” said Olivia.

Racegoers not fear if they have missed out on this marquee, as there are other ticket options still available. General admission tickets are $15, concession tickets are $10 and children aged under 16 receive free entry. For more information, contact Jim May at Penola Race Club on 0412 995 789, or visit

For the latest details associated with the Coonawarra Vignerons Marquee, please click here. Marquee specific shuttle buses are running as follows with further shuttle buses collecting from the Penola town centre prior to the first race.

Complimentary Shuttle Buses

Download the 2018 Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Bus Schedule.

9.10am – Heyward’s Royal Oak, Prince of Wales Hotel, Coonawarra Motor Lodge, Must@Coonawarra
9.30am – Heyward’s Royal Oak, Prince of Wales Hotel, Coonawarra Motor Lodge, Must@Coonawarra

9.10am – Bellwether Wines, Coonawarra Store, Chardonnay Lodge/Coonawarra Units
9.40am – Coonawarra Store, Chardonnay Lodge

Buses will return to Penola and Coonawarra from approx. 5.15pm returning passengers to the same locations.

We appreciate your patience as the bus driver will return to collect passengers.

Don’t forget to show some support to our sponsors who help us create this raceday. A shout out and thank you also to our suppliers Teys, Aquaessence and Wagner’s Rose Nursery and to all our event partners who make this day happen.

There’s nothing like a day at the races when you are on Coonawarra time!

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