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Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations

October 1 - October 31

Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations is one of South Australia’s best regional wine-based events, with over 70 unique food and wine experiences designed to showcase and celebrate the Coonawarra wine region’s beautiful signature red wine: Cabernet Sauvignon.

Enjoy the spring-time celebrations across the month of October, with every week/weekend featuring themed events.

The annual festival offers a combination of food and wine events, tasting experiences, live music and more throughout October.  From degustation dinners to masterclasses, vertical tastings to winery tours the region will offer wine enthusiasts the opportunity to savour world-class wines, enjoy the country hospitality and discover why Coonawarra is regarded as Australia’s premier Cabernet Sauvignon producing region.

Tee off with the who’s who of Coonawarra at the Cabernet Celebrations Golf Day, try your hand at blending your own wine, enjoy a sparkling cabernet breakfast, take a winery tour, indulge in a chocolate and wine tasting, graze the day away and dine with winemakers at dinners to delight.

With a range of renowned regional wineries offering up events all month long, there is no shortage of activities to celebrate, activate and educate your senses.

Free and ticketed tastings and events  Friday 29th Sept – 31st October in various venues.



Cruise on in to Coonawarra for a fun-filled weekend with your family and friends. On this weekened there are activities to delight and amuse all ages. Hit the Coonawarra Wineries Walking Trail, or take to the greens for a round of golf and enjoy a wine or two with the who’s who of Coonawarra at the picturesque Penola Golf course.

Relax and enjoy pizza and tunes or have a ‘Great Day Out’ with food, wine and music on the lawns of Leconfield Coonawarra. Live it up with long weekend vibes served up all weekend at Brand’s Laira, with sweet treats and produce plates at various wineries in the region. Our cellar doors are well equipped with oodles of indoor and outdoor toys to make sure the kids have as much fun as the adults.


Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations Golf Day – 4 Player Ambrose Competition – Friday 29th September 2023. REGISTRATIONS OPEN!  Register your team here

Koonara Wines Decadence Lounge – Friday 29th September

Pizza and Tunes at Raidis Estate-  Saturday 30 September

Rymill Cabernet Carnival –  Sunday 1 October

Sunday Tacos with Nacho Average Taco Truck at Wynns – Sunday 1 October

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This week it’s all about the Blend…

Cabernet doesn’t just taste great on its own, it is also the ideal blending variety.  To showcase this our wineries are offering a range of tastings and events featuring Cabernet blends.

Pasta Making and Lunch with the Digiorgio Family – Thursday 5th October, BOOK NOW

DiGiorgio Family Wines Property Tour + Private Tasting- Friday 6th October BOOK NOW

Leconfield Day “Great Day Out”-  Saturday 7th October

Sangria’s at Balnaves! – Saturday 7th + Sunday 8th October

The Family Feast – Progressive Lunch – Saturday 7th October BOOK NOW

Wynns Coonawarra & Ottelia | Japanese Inspired Dinner – Saturday 7th October BOOK NOW

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Immerse yourself in food and wine over the weekend with a sparkling cabernet breakfast at Balnaves of Coonawarra and a range of lunch and dinner options on offer, including the return of Majella’s ever popular Paella Fiesta, Brand’s Laira’s Burgers and Beats, Raidis Estates Pizza and Tunes and a whole day of family fun at Rymill’s Cabernet Carnival. The highly sought after combined wineries degustation dinner at Pipers of Penola is a highlight for those that seek an intimate culinary experience hosted by 5 Coonawarra winemakers.

Take part in a winery tour at DiGiorgio on Friday or discover the beauty of Bellwether’s heritage winery set in an old shearing shed across the weekend.

There is no shortage of tastings to be enjoyed all weekend long… so gear up for a jam-packed weekend!

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DiGiorgio Family Wines Property Tour + Private Tasting– Friday 13th October BOOK NOW

Coonawarra Combined Wineries Cabernet Decade[nce] Tasting Friday 13 October – BOOK NOW

Coonawarra Cabernet Masterclass – Saturday 14 October

Balnaves Sparkling + Breaky Rolls – Saturday 14 October

Burgers and Beats at Brand – Saturday 14 October

Majella Prof’s Paella +  Decade of Cabernet Tasting – Saturday 14 October

My Big Fat Greek Party-  Raidis Estate Saturday 14th October BOOK NOW

Katnook Dinner of Decadence Saturday 14 October, BOOK NOW

Combined Winemaker’s Degustation Dinner at Pipers of Penola Saturday 14 October BOOK NOW

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This weekend En Primeur is the theme, with Coonawarra wineries offering exclusive Barrel to Glass tastings!

Celebrate, educate and activate your senses with an array of tasting experiences and food & wine events featuring Coonawarra’s champion variety- Cabernet Sauvignon.

Alongside the traditional tasting lineups, don’t miss your chance to taste newly produced wines, that aren’t destined for bottling and release for another year or two…or possibly longer!

DiGiorgio Family Wines Property Tour + Private Tasting– Friday 20th October BOOK NOW

Golden Guitar Nominee Andy Penkow – LIVE AT RAIDIS – Friday 20th October, BOOK NOW

 Aged Wine + Vintage Pies at DiGiorgio – Saturday 21+ Sunday 22 October

Pizza and Tunes at Raidis Estate – Saturday 21st October, BOOK NOW

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WEEKEND 5  – ITS SHOWTIME (Penola Country Show Weekend)

It’s “Show Time” in Penola/Coonawarra with sideshow alley making its return to town offering all the typical amusements with a touch of country flair.

The festivities continue in Coonawarra for this, the final weekend of Cabernet Celebrations, with plenty of fun still to be had. Celebrate, educate and activate your senses with an array of tasting experiences and food & wine events featuring Coonawarra’s champion variety- Cabernet Sauvignon.

DiGiorgio Family Wines Property Tour + Private Tasting– Friday 27th October BOOK NOW


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CCC SHUTTLE BUS: $20 per person per day. Unlimited travel to wineries between 10:30am and 4.30pm on Saturday’s and Sunday’s throughout October.

Tickets must be booked online in advance, with passengers requested to indicate where they would like to disembark upon booking.


This event is proudly sponsored by the South Australian Tourism Commission

Regional Events Grant Funding Program


October 1
October 31
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Coonawarra Vignerons
08 8737 2392
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