44 Church Street, Penola, South Australia, 5277, Australia
Cellar Door & Gift Shop Open Daily: Monday – Friday 10:00am – 3:30pm |
Saturday + Sunday 12noon – 3:00pm. Closed Christmas Day.
Koonara is a small family owned and organic certified winery in the heart of Coonawarra.
Located on the main street Penola, Koonara’s Cellar Door offers more than just wine tastings, with a unique range of homewares and kitchenware – you’ll find everything you need to host the perfect dinner party.
In 1906, Henry Albert, (Owner, Dru Reschke’s great grandfather) named the family property ‘Koonara’. More than 100 years on, the Reschke family still live on the Koonara family property, surrounded by our vineyards.
Koonara prides themselves on their vineyard bio-diversity practices, and are the first vineyard in Coonawarra to be Certified to Australian Organic Standards. Only organic elements are used on their vines; a choice made not only because it helps build complexity in their grapes, but because it is safer for their family.
Owners Dru and Nicole Reschke are weed lovers, allowing selected weeds to grow long in their vineyards a practice which attracts good bugs to replace bad insects, thus removing the need for pesticides.
Koonara have low yielding vineyards; however this doesn’t result in less grapes. Their grape berries are smaller, which means more skin per litre. Because the colour and flavour in wine comes from the skin, complex flavours can be created.
Former Wynns Coonawarra head winemaker Peter Douglas is acting winemaker at Koonara. The friendly Cellar Door team, and cellar door dog Buster, would love to see you for a tasting!