Koonara Wines stands at the crossroads where history and contemporary practices harmoniously combine. The Reschke family have owned the Koonara property since 1906 and it was only in 1988 that Trevor Reschke planted the first vineyard – the start of something special. After four years of lovingly tending to the vineyard, the fruits of the Reschke family’s dedication and labour were first captured in a bottle in 1992.
Since the vineyard’s humble beginnings, the company has grown under the care of the Reschke family, with the first commercial vintage of wines released in 1999. Seeking to maintain the positive momentum, the winery continues to promote innovative practices that will further the quality of wines produced under Koonara Wines’ pristine reputation.
Trevor Reschke observed that the chemicals utilised throughout the winery may be damaging both the vines’ integrity and the fruit’s quality after suffering many losses following a series of particularly harsh frosts. Since then, the company has embarked on a journey of organic viticulture, which attributes to not only Koonara Wines’ industry success, but the integrity care for the environment in which the brand operates.
Koonara Wines is now certified to Australian Organic Standards in its Coonawarra vineyards. The winery has a deep-rooted belief that organic and regenerative practices are the future of wine production, not just in Australia but also globally. The company looks to the practices implemented before artificial chemicals were featured heavily in the viticulture industry.
This was just a starting point for the vineyard, with the winery seeking new and innovative ways to improve its sustainability and natural practices. Koonara Wines has created a unique form of high-nutrition organics known as ‘Ecosystem Organics’ that the team use to nourish the vines, while reducing the presence of diseases and pests to being almost non-existent.
The winery consistently strives to push the frontier of innovation and is proudly the first winery in Australia to trial Bacilus subtilis as a probiotic to control snail and millipede numbers in its vineyards. Given the winery’s impressive resources and major success, Koonara offers its paperwork for all interested parties to utilise, while also working in collaboration with supermarkets to increase the nutrient density in the produce grown in Australia.
⇐ 2019 Ambriels Gift Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine utilises Koonara’s hallmarked organic grapes to create a delectable drop. The wine was aged for eighteen months in French Oak hogsheads, to create a developed flavour profile. Blackcurrant and blueberries dance across the palate, with hints of oak and vanilla creating a complex and delicious wine.
⇐ 2019 Ezra’s Gift Coonawarra Shiraz
A luscious wine, with a deep red colour and strong purple hues. The grapes are lovingly nurtured at a small one tonne per acre. The palate displays strong notes of chocolate and concentrated black fruits that is balanced by an aura of minerality, and stony undertones that grounds the strong flavours.
⇐ The Big Guns Coonawarra Shiraz
Possessing all the qualities a good shiraz should, this wine wields its power through persuasion, not brute force. The high-quality French Oak is apparent, but waves of ripe black fruits and supple tannins support each other. Extended cellaring will be handsomely repaid.
⇐ 2021 Daisies and Dandelions Chardonnay
A nod to the eco practices undertaken in the vineyard, the cool climate grants this wine its fantastic qualities. The cool breeze allows the grapes to reach the perfect ripeness, developing their flavours and creating a beautifully balanced acidity. This wine is strongly aromatic and rich in flavours, due to its extended contact on lees.
44 Church Street,
Open 10:00am to 4:00pm daily
Standing and seated tastings up to 30 people
Weddings & Functions
Organic products and homewares available at the cellar door