36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee the hottest ticket in town

The 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup continues to appeal as the region kicks off 2020 with its largest single event selling out in record time yet again. Tim Bailey, Cup Committee Chair is set to start the day with the official welcome and is pleased to be presenting to a sold-out marquee. “The Cup Committee are preparing to entertain 728 guests this Thursday at Penola Racecourse and even the weather has come to the party with a forecasted high of 23°C.” said Tim Bailey.

The 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup is without doubt one of the State’s best country race meets in the picturesque surrounds of the Penola Racecourse. “As the crowd gathers to watch the action trackside with the 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup, the place you want to be is in the Coonawarra Vignerons Marquee.” said Olivia James, Executive Officer.  The Coonawarra Vignerons Marquee has all the ingredients for an outstanding day on the track. The marquee offers its guests with the chance to sample the region’s best food, including the return of our presenting partner 36° South scotch fillet beef pairing with Coonawarra’s world class wines. Where else in the world can you sit with 25 wine label identities, alongside the growers of the Coonawarra wine region. There’s so much history in this marquee.

Last year the individual contribution of two new Patrons was celebrated and this year, all Patrons will be joining us and welcoming guests as they arrive from 9:30am. There will be an Official Launch and toast to a wine tourism funded project. “This is a significant milestone for the region that has developed an itinerary planning tool and website.” said Toni Duka, Mixed Dozen Project Manager.

There will be no shortage of laughs, with Merrick Watts joining us to MC the day. Merrick and his Grapes of Mirth team will be staying on to present Comedy and Wine in Coonawarra on Saturday 18 January 2020 at the Penola Racecourse. The Coonawarra Vignerons couldn’t be more excited to see this event become a permanent annual feature on the calendar of events for Penola Coonawarra with 12 producers presenting their wines this Saturday.

Fashions in the Marquee is to be presented by Ashlee Kalantarian of internationally recognised millinery label, Ashlee Lauren presenting the Best Dressed Millinery with a $150 voucher on offer. Best Dressed Female will be presented by Kellie Nobes of What.Kel.Wore with the winner taking away a $150 What.Kel.Wore Styling voucher. Ashlee and Kellie will award the Best Dressed Male with Yalumba and St Hugo wine to be awarded. As they say, you have to be in it, to win it. Ashlee and Kellie will be spotting the room to present the winners on stage prior to lunch.Guests will watch an eight-race program, the opportunity to partake in a Super Sweep, providing much anticipation for those that draw a horse and with the ability to take away a sizeable prize pool. The energy will be kept high with the Imperial Auction by Brad Henderson, Director & Agent of BHEN&CO Real Estate. We encourage strong bidding to contribute to the Coonawarra Vignerons. This event is the primary financial contributor to the not for profit organisation. The imperials are presented in a bespoke jarrah wooden box by Bedford, specially labelled for the 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup, the imperials on offer include:

  • Bowen Estate, 2016 Bowen Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Jim Brand, 2015 Silent Partner Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Kidman Wines, 2014 Kidman Wines Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Ottelia, 2014 Ottelia Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Majella, 2014 Majella GPL68 Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Parker Coonawarra Estate, 1998 Parker Coonawarra Estate Terra Rossa Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Redman Wines, 2010 Redman Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Zema Estate, 2014 Zema Estate Family Selection Cabernet Sauvignon

Two beautifully crafted A P John Coopers’ barrels will also be on offer. Brad Henderson has kindly donated for 3 people to join him for a round of Golf at the Grange Golf Club on a Friday morning and proceeds of this auction item will be donated to the South Australian CFS Foundation Fundraiser. The Cup Committee is also leading donations to the CFS with collection at the gate and at the Registration Desk of the marquee.

We acknowledge and thank our sponsors, who without, the Cup day would not have grown to the success we now experience. We look forward to presenting another outstanding day this Thursday 16 January 2020 with their support.

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 roses, and to the marquee supplier Grand Events and Caterer Blanco Catering.

Download the Bus Schedule. For more information on the Cup visit https://coonawarra.org/event/coonawarra-vignerons-cup-2020/.

A photo gallery will be uploaded to the website following the race day to remind you of how much fun was had.

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 21 January 2021.

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