5 Memorial Drive, Coonawarra SA 5263 Australia
Opening Times: Daily 10:00am – 4:00pm
It was only ever supposed to be temporary. John and Melissa moved to the iconic Coonawarra region thirty years ago intending to, in John’s words, “stay a little while”.
They bought a parcel of land ringed by tall Red Gum Eucalypts, and with natural wetlands dotted with Ottelia Ovalifolia, a native water lily. In 1993 they planted 2 Ha of Cabernet Sauvignon and over the next 3 years expanded the vineyard to 9 Ha. All these years later John and Melissa are still there.
John spent more than twenty years working within the Coonawarra region as a winemaker. He and Melissa then turned their energy towards their own projects; the restaurant Fodder and wine label Ottelia. Now they’re joined by the second generation, their eldest daughter Matilda and her partner Paul.
After studying design and fine arts, Matilda worked full time in Melbourne restaurants, inevitably, the constant ‘distraction’ of food and wine has led her back to Coonawarra. Paul’s experiences working as a chef with Nick Holloway in Palm Cove and the Trader House Group in Melbourne has instilled a passion for working with local produce, an ideal complement to the Ottelia ethos.
Together they’re embarking on another chapter for Ottelia, with the reopening of their freshly renovated restaurant and brand-new Tasting Room, they’re excited to share their passion for the food and wine of the Limestone Coast.
Restaurant & cellar door bookings available online.
Awarded the Gourmet Traveller Wine ‘Cellar Door with Best Food’ in Coonawarra for 2020 and 2021.