Coonawarra the Other Red Centre.
Often called Australia’s “Other Red Centre”, Coonawarra is renowned as one of this country’s finest red-wine producing areas. It’s a four-hour drive south-east of Adelaide (and about the same distance from Melbourne), and its name means “honeysuckle” in Aboriginal, apt given the sweet recipe of factors that make up its famous terroir. The combination of rich terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water source and a long, cool ripening season (one of the longest in the world) sees wines of supreme quality being churned out year after year. The cigar-shaped strip of terra rossa soil is a mere 21km long and 2km wide, so each parcel of land is prized and procured very irregularly. Its Cabernet Sauvignon is internationally renowned and its Shiraz is not far behind.
What to do in Coonawarra?
While you’re stationed in possibly one of the hottest cabernet sauvignon regions on the planet, your number-one priority is to taste them. All of them. Compare, contrast, and collect. Fashion your stay in Coonawarra around the busy calendar of festivals and events throughout the year. There are loads of fantastic cellar doors to visit, accommodation options and top-class dining options available..