15310 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra SA 5263
Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 10am – 5pm
Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays: 12noon – 5pm
Closed Good Friday and Christmas Day
Katnook lies in the heart of Coonawarra,7 kilometres north of Penola on the Riddoch Highway. Historic Katnook has been awarded three wines in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines, two Jimmy Watson trophies and a five-star rating in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2017.
Katnook is consistently ranked as one of the top attractions in Coonawarra by Trip Advisor. It has also won several ‘Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine’ Cellar Door awards for its outstanding visitor offering, including the famous terra rossa pit at the entrance to Cellar Door.
Wine pioneer John Riddoch made Coonawarra’s first commercial vintage in 1896 in his woolshed which still stands today. In 1971 the first vines of a new era were planted at Katnook, after decades of farming on the property, when the woolshed was used as a shearing station. Over the next decade, great attention was paid to executing superior viticultural management.
The first Katnook vintage of the modern era was made in 1980 by Wayne Stehbens in the same woolshed Riddoch had used as his winery 84 years earlier. When Wayne passed away in 2017, he was one of the longest serving and most successful winemakers in Australia’s history. His extraordinary track record of excellence included twice winning the Jimmy Watson Trophy (in 1987 and 1998) as well as a double trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2003. Katnook aims to make wines which show subtlety, intrigue and complexity. While Cabernet Sauvignon is the hero variety of the Coonawarra region, other red varietals are equally impressive. The white wines are similarly unique in character and world class in quality.
The 200 hectare Katnook property boasts some of Australia’s finest vineyards as well as John Riddoch’s beautifully restored, historic limestone buildings – where we welcome visitors to our Estate. Find out more on our website.