Wine Australia Masterclass Area :
While Australia has a long and illustrious history of blending wines within and between regions, it’s not well known that most high-end Australian wines come from single vineyards. Coonawarra is no exception to this and is home to a significant number of single estate wines. Come taste a range of special single vineyard and sub-regional wines from the home of the definitive Australian Cabernet.
Coonawarra is the home of Australia’s finest Cabernet Sauvignon. It is a reputation that has been earned over more than 120 years, by grape growers carefully nurturing its ancient terra rossa soils and winemakers patiently ageing their wines in historic cellars. Since John Riddoch decreed in the 1890s that his blockers plant Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, Coonawarra has remained true to these classic varieties although newcomers such as Cabernet Franc and Merlot have since been introduced. The region’s terra rossa soils, maritime climate and contemporary winemaking techniques have culminated in distinctively modern styles of Cabernet and Shiraz that are approachable while young and have yet the balance and structure to age superbly.