Gather Round 2024

Road tripping to Gather Round?! Penola and the Coonawarra Wine Region is the ideal place to stop over, refresh, indulge and Unwine-d! Ever tried a frog cake? How about a FruChoc or a classic Vili’s Pie? As a special treat for visitors passing through Penola and Coonawarra on their way to the Gather Round Football Festival in Adelaide, the Coonawarra at Heart Collective will be offering iconic South Australian treats at their cellar doors for you to sample!

Enjoy a toasty warm Vili’s Beef Pie at Katnook Estate.

Sink your teeth into a cream and jam-filled ‘Kitchener Bun’ at Leconfield Coonawarra.

Hop into Balnaves of Coonawarra for a sweet Balfours ‘frog cake’.

Treat your tastebuds with choc-coated apricot delights, better known as ‘ FruChocs’ at Majella Wines and;

Wash it all down with a Farmers Union Iced Coffee at Bowen Estate, or a wine if you’d rather.

“The classic BBQ” is being brought back to life at Wynns Coonawarra, with a snag and a special tasting of the 2008 premium Michael Shiraz Magnum.

And if you love the taste of great Aussie Lamb, call into Parker Estate for a delicious homemade Rosemary and Lamb pie.

Of course, there will be no shortage of exquisite wines up for tasting and as one of Australia’s most iconic wine regions, there is no better time to taste and discover the best of Penola and Coonawarra!

From cottage-style B&B stays and pubs to the recently updated cabins at the Penola Caravan Park and whole houses amongst the vineyards, there’s amazing accommodation options to suit all tastes. Check out our sample itineraries for other fantastic family-friendly activity ideas to explore while in the region!