First founded by Scottish immigrant John Riddoch in 1867, Katnook Estate is one of the oldest properties in the Coonawarra wine region, rich with history. The Indigenous word for ‘Fat Land’, Katnook refers to the fertile character of the famous terra rossa soil, which served Riddoch and his initial 140-hectares of planted vines back in 1890 and continues to serve the now 155-hectares some 130 years later.
Nestled in the heart of Coonawarra, just six kilometres north of Penola on the Riddoch Highway, a collection of restored limestone buildings forms the bones of this beautiful winery, offering a warm welcome to visitors. The historical woolshed where Riddoch made his first commercial vintage has also since been restored and serves as Katnook Estate’s barrel room, while the winery’s Terra Rossa pit profiles Coonawarra’s famous soil.
Across its thriving 155-hectares, Katnook Estate grows a large variety of wines, from cabernet sauvignon to chardonnay and riesling, while adopting sustainable production methods, ensuring the best for both the fruit and the environment.
Katnook Estate is internationally recognised for producing award-winning wines with great complexity and distinction. The estate has two wines in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines, two Jimmy Watson trophies and a 5-star rating in the 2020 Halliday Wine Companion.
Among Katnook Estate’s critically lauded wines are the iconic Katnook Limited Release Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz, the flagship Katnook Estate range, and contemporary Katnook Founder’s Block label. Visitors can enjoy a free, personalised tasting of all wines, while selected museum wines can be purchased at the cellar door.
The cellar door is also the perfect place to enjoy a hosted wine tasting, or relax around the open fire in the lounge area with a glass of your favourite red or white. Katnook Estate’s cellar door even won the Best Tasting Experience in Coonawarra in the Australia Gourmet Traveller Wine – Cellar Door Awards 2019, and the Trip Advisor Certificate of Excellence 2019.
⇐ Katnook Estate Chardonnay
Katnook Estate Chardonnay exhibits excellent varietal and regional expression with a richly layered palate of stone fruit, hints of citrus and elegant oak characters. Selected parcels are matured in oak barrels to add complexity, texture and suppleness.
⇐ Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon
Steeped in heritage and tradition, the Katnook Estate range epitomises ‘classic’ Coonawarra. Katnook Estate Cabernet Sauvignon is listed in the ‘Excellent’ category of the Langton’s Classification of Australia wine. This is a complex cabernet sauvignon with intense flavour, vibrant colour and strong regional expression.
⇐ Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon
At the highest echelon, Katnook Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon is only made in vintages when a superior quality is achieved. Classified ‘Outstanding’ in the Langton’s VI Classification, Odyssey is acknowledged as a world-class wine. It is handcrafted with meticulous attention to detail and represents a seamless blend of intense fruit and oak maturation.
⇐ Katnook Amara Single Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is a single vineyard cabernet sauvignon harvested from over 40-year-old vines of the ‘Coonawarra Selection’ clone. It is only made in exceptional vintages and expresses the intricate microclimate and essence of Katnook’s highly prized Amara 03 Vineyard, which sits atop Coonawarra’s famous terra rossa soils at Katnook Estate.
15310 Riddoch Highway
Open 10am to 5pm weekdays and 12pm to 5pm on weekends
Closed Christmas Day and Good Friday
Cheese platters available
Weddings & Functions
Max 36 seated and 60 cocktail
Guided tasting flights, icon and limited release wines, Limestone Coast cheese board, seasonal events