2020 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Results

Imperial Auction raises $28,150 as major financial contributor of the Coonawarra Vignerons annual calendar of events.

The 36o South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup is, without doubt, one of the State’s best country race meets in the picturesque surrounds of the Penola Racecourse. “The Coonawarra Vignerons Marquee delivered a magnificent day on the track for the running of the 38th annual 36o South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup won by Mista Holyfield with placings by Dyagilev and Athos taking out third.” said Olivia James, Executive Officer of Coonawarra Vignerons.

Tim Bailey, Cup Committee Chair and Pete Balnaves, President of Coonawarra Vignerons led the official welcome and introductions for the Official Launch of the a new map-based tourism website for the ‘Mixed Dozen’ Wine Trails Project. Pete Bissell, Mixed Dozen Project Steering Committee Chair shared “This state of the art itinerary planning website is now up and available on limestonecoast.org.au – it allows local business to link with visitors, visitors to plan and discover the region themselves and importantly it provides a tool inbound tourism operators to plan and book travel.” Member for MacKillop, Nick McBride led the marquee in a toast to the Project.

There were no shortage of laughs, with Merrick Watts joining us to MC the day. Merrick’s two favourite things are Comedy and Wine. The race day had a smorgasbord of Coonawarra wine and Merrick and his Grapes of Mirth team are bringing much more Comedy to join 12 Coonawarra Vignerons producers back at the Penola Racecourse tomorrow, Saturday 18 January 2020 when they entertain the region for a second year. Drawing up to 800 to the track they may well top the 728 large marquee hosted audience of Thursday.

MC Merrick Watts entertained guests as MC for the day in the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee. Pictured here with the Cup Trophy.

Fashions in the Marquee was a highlight of the day presented by Ashlee Kalantarian of internationally recognised millinery label, Ashlee Lauren presenting the Best Dressed Millinery with a $150 voucher on offer to Rebecca Higgins. Best Dressed Female was presented by Kellie Nobes of What.Kel.Wore with Jane Lewis, winner taking away a $150 What.Kel.Wore Styling voucher. Ashlee and Kellie awarded the Best Dressed Male, Simon White with Yalumba and St Hugo wine awarded. Simon took out this prize in 2018.

L-R: Millinery Judge Ashlee Kalantarian, Best dressed female: Rebecca Higgins, Best dressed male: Simon White, Best millinery: Jane Lewis, and Fashions Judge Kellie Nobes.

The Blanco Catered event provided a seated breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea keeping all guests well nourished and this year the local 36o South scotch fillet beef showcased the premium local agricultural produce that pairs so well with the wide selection of Coonawarra world-class wines. Jake Phillips, Strategic Supply Chain Manager of Teys saw the partnership as a perfect and natural fit for their product with a shared passion of the Coonawarra Vignerons in producing the best beef and wine of the region.

Guests were treated to a lavish lunch, featuring prime beef from Partnering sponsor 36o South.

While the eight-race program experienced a slightly later start at 1:20pm, this provided the guests with greater opportunity to prepare for the Imperial Auction by Brad Henderson, Director & Agent of BHEN&CO Real Estate. This event is the primary financial contributor to the not for profit Coonawarra Vignerons organisation. The imperials were presented in a bespoke jarrah wooden box by Bedford, specially labelled for the 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup. The eight imperials averaged $3,081.25 up on last year’s average of $2,812, and the highest bidder taking away the Parker Coonawarra Estate 1998 Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial at $6,000 up on last year’s 2010 First Growth Cabernet Sauvignon Imperial at $5,200. The remaining imperials reached:

  • Bowen Estate, 2016 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon $2,600
  • Jim Brand, 2015 Silent Partner Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon $1,400
  • Kidman Wines, 2014 Kidman Wines Cabernet Sauvignon $2,600
  • Ottelia, 2014 Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon $2,500
  • Majella, 2014 Majella GPL68 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon $3,650
  • Redman Wines, 2010 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon $3,000
  • Zema Estate, 2014 Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon $2,900
Parker Coonawarra Estate Winemaker James Lienert displays the 1998 Imperial during the live auction

Two beautifully crafted A P John Coopers’ barrels were auctioned respectively for $1,800 and $1,700. Brad Henderson kindly donated for 3 people to join him for a round of Golf at the Grange Golf Club on a Friday morning fetching $1,100 and with two keen bidders and the supported cause a second was donated to the same value and $2,200 being donated to the South Australian CFS Foundation Fundraiser. In addition, the Cup Committee led fundraising for the local CFS with collection at the gate and at the Registration Desk of the marquee with a total of $803.45 donated.

The Coonawarra Vignerons would not be able to present such a high calibre event without their sponsors and we encourage you to reach out to the following should the need arise.

Presenting Partner
36° South Beef

Platinum Sponsors
South West Freight
MCC Labels

Gold Sponsors
Vinpac International
Hahn Corporation
AP John Coopers
Australian Frost Fans

Silver Sponsors
Bendigo Bank
Adelaide Galvanising
Wattle Range Council
Hansen Design & Print
South East Motor Company

Special thank you to our suppliers Cleanaway for supporting our Cup with waste management, Wagner’s Rose Nursery for donating our beautiful roses, and to the marquee supplier Grand Events, decorating team led by Jane Thring and Caterer Blanco Catering.

A photo gallery will be uploaded to the Coonawarra Vignerons website as a reminder of how much fun was had. For the time being view our Facebook Album for images from the day.

For those looking to secure a ticket to next year’s event, be quick to register when tickets are released following the Cup Launch in November. Save the date for 14 January 2021.


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