Established in the 1840s, the townships of Penola and Coonawarra were built upon the ‘Penola Fruit Growing Colony’ now known as the world-renowned Coonawarra wine region. Along with an extensive grape and wine industry, rural land is largely used for sheep and cattle grazing, broadacre crops, horticulture, timber production and milk powder production. Our region is largely characterised by fertile soils, lush green grass, reliable rainfall and significant good-quality groundwater resources.
The adjoining towns are close to major regional centre (50km), Mount Gambier (population around 23,500), which has a strong economy based on agriculture and timber processing, a wide range of educational, retail and commercial facilities and services, and extensive infrastructure including a regional airport.
Steeped deep in history and the arts, nestled amongst our highly productive and picturesque landscape and home to some of the most exquisite produce and wine on the planet, Penola and Coonawarra offer visitors a busy food, music and cultural scene. The towns central location in the region, which includes under an hours drive to stunning coastline or a 25 minute drive to the world-heritage listed Naracoorte Caves makes an ideal destination to stay in comfort and explore as a destination in its own right, or for travellers driving through from Melbourne to Adelaide along the Great Ocean Road.
With a population of over 3000 the adjoining towns have three schools, one childcare centre, a hospital, doctors clinic, chemist, dentist, physiotherapist, two gyms, hardware store, newsagent, industrial supplies stores, farm supplies, butcher, national award-winning IGA supermarket, two pubs, four cafes, three restaurants, bakery, two service stations, carpenter, plumber, builders, electricians, wineries, galleries and various clothing, shoe and gift retailers.
Penola and Coonawarra have significant opportunities for investment in agriculture, manufacturing, grains, hay and silage, vegetables, wine, red meat production, dairy, horticulture and tourism including value-adding products and bio-energy production.
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