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36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup 2023

January 12, 2023 @ 9:30 am - 5:00 pm ACDT


Delicious food, live racing action and a smorgasbord of Coonawarra’s finest wines!

ITS BACK!! After a 2 year COVID hiatus, the prestigious Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee returns to the Penola Racecourse!

Celebrate the 41st annual 36°South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Day with the who’s who of Coonawarra in the exclusive 36°South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee, where over 700 guests will enjoy a full day of premium trackside hospitality. 

This all-inclusive Marquee package includes a 7.5 hour beverage package of Coonawarra fine wines, entry into the racecourse and marquee precinct, gourmet food – breakfast, lunch AND afternoon tea featuring 36South Beef, with wine auctions, fashion prizes, live music and live racing action.

Package Commences 9:30am | Package Ends 5pm

Public ticket price $250.00 + booking fee

Refund Policy:  The Coonawarra Vignerons Cup will proceed in line with SA Govt. COVID restrictions applicable at the time of the event. Refunds will not be extended for change of mind or change of circumstances. Organisers reserve the right to cancel the event under the direction of SA Govt. authorities and will determine refund options at this time.

Joining us in the Marquee… here’s what you need to know:

Event Start: The Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee opens for guest access at 9:30am. Breakfast is available from this time.

Event access: Please ensure you are wearing both your lanyard and wristband for entry to the marquee and for the duration of the event. (If you have not received these prior to the day, your event passes will be available for collection from the Coonawarra Vignerons desk at the entry of the Marquee).

Getting there: See below for Shuttle Bus information

Package Inclusions:  This all-inclusive trackside package is fully catered including breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea, with a 7.5hr bevarage package.  A smorgasbord of Coonawarra’s finest wines, espresso coffees and water is available throughout the day.  Beer and spirits can be purchased from the Penola Racing Club Bar and consumed in the marquee. No BYO Food & Beverages. 

Dress Code: Attendees are encouraged to wear neat, smart casual. Race attire is welcomed.

Fashions in the Marquee: Open to exclusively Marquee guests, judges Kellie Nobes and Ashlee Kalantarian will be selecting a shortlist of qualifying guests, with winners to be announced prior to Lunch.  Prizes will be awarded to the best-dressed male, best-dressed female and best millinery as selected by the judges.

Super Sweep: $10 tickets will be available for purchase from Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Committee staff, based on runners in the feature Race 7 – 36°South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup. Great prize winnings to be awarded to 1st,  2nd and 3rd placings. Qualifying tickets will be drawn at 1:30pm.

Imperial Auction:  Eight 6- Litre imperial wines will be up for grabs to the highest bidder (scroll down to view labels and vintages on offer). External bids will be accepted via with prior registration. Download the 2023 Imperial Auction Registration Form.
Two beautifully crafted A.P John Coopers’ barrels will also be auctioned.

Entertainment: Australian TV and Radio Presenter Jules Schiller will our official Master of Ceremonies, with local limestone coast musician Shaun Brown providing the music throughout the day.

Betting facilities: Live bookies are available to take your bets in the marquee. Alternatively, guests are welcome to place bets in the designated Penola Racecourse Betting Ring.

Imperial Auction Wines

These exclusive 6 Litre Imperials are presented in a bespoke box, and specially labelled for the 2023 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup.

Balnaves of Coonawarra 
2018 Cabernet Sauvignon

Banks Thargo Coonawarra
2019 Cabernet Malbec

Bundalong Coonawarra
2017 Cabernet Sauvignon

DiGiorgio Family Wines
2013 DiGiorigio Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

Raidis Estate
2015 The Trip

St Hugo
1991 St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon

2016 The Menzies Cabernet Sauvignon

Wynns Coonawarra Estate
2016 O’Deas Red Blend

Complimentary Shuttle Buses

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

9.00am – Bellwether Wines, Coonawarra Store, Chardonnay Lodge/Coonawarra Units
9.30am – Coonawarra Store, Chardonnay Lodge

8.45am – Naracoorte Hotel, 73 Ormerod St. Naracoorte.
*Limited seas available! Passengers on the Naracoorte bus are required to book in advance. Book your seat here

Buses will depart the Racecourse following the conclusion of the final race from approx. 5.15pm returning passengers to the same locations.

We appreciate your patience as bus drivers return to collect passengers

PENOLA RACE CLUB BUS (Driver: Don Searle 0428 847 921)
An additional bus service will be operational later in the day with pick ups from the Royal Oak Penola at 11:45am and 12:15pm.



This fabulous event is not possible without the support of our valued sponsors, partners, and local community volunteers.



January 12, 2023
9:30 am - 5:00 pm ACDT
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Coonawarra Vignerons
08 8737 2392
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Penola Racing Club
Racecourse Rd
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