Penola and Coonawarra in South Australia

Penola and Coonawarra are highly productive and innovative adjoining regional towns centrally located in the Wattle Range Council area of the Limestone Coast, approximately half-way between Adelaide (400km) and Melbourne (500km). A beautiful place 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.

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 and timber production. Our region is largely characterised by fertile soils, lush green grass, reliable rainfall and significant good-quality groundwater resources.

The towns central location in the region, which includes under an hours drive to stunning coastline, a 25 minute drive to the world-heritage listed Naracoorte Caves or 30 minute drive to our major regional centre of Mount Gambier 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.

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.

Penola is the oldest and most central town in the Limestone Coast — rich in tradition and full of hidden treasures. Discover our town’s fascinating history on our heritage walk where you can relive the days of yesteryear along the historic Petticoat Lane which includes National Trust heritage-listed cottages to explore and the St Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre — a centre created to honour Australia’s first saint and Penola resident, St Mary MacKillop who co-founded the Congregation of the Sister of Saint Joseph with Father Julian Tension Woods.

Our historical charm marries well with an eclectic and innovative mix of cafes, galleries and boutique-style shops. With a population of 2000, artists, creatives and winemakers affectionately call Penola and Coonawarra home.

The world-renowned Coonawarra wine region adjoins the township of Penola. Our delicious wines have been made famous with thanks to our talented winemakers and the unique terra rossa soil (produced by the weathering of limestone over thousands of years and coloured by iron oxide) which influences the quality of fruit and wine flavour. Our region first started exporting wine in the late 1800s and is now referred to as Australia’s leading Cabernet Sauvignon region. Taste a drop or two and you’ll be hooked.

Coonawarra hosts award-winning restaurants and includes over 30 wineries and cellar doors with unique tasting experiences waiting to be discovered. With a multitude of regular events incorporating the arts, food and music — there is always something to do.

Love Nature?

For the nature-lovers a visit to the Penola Conservation Park near Coonawarra or Penola’s Greenrise Recreation Reserve on the Mount Gambier side of Penola is a must. Stroll around the arboretum trail of 1.2km showcasing 110 species of trees before linking up to the Adam Lindsay Gordon Walk around the dry lake and cemetery.

There’s something for everyone of all ages in Penola and Coonawarra. See you soon!

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You're invited to a casual information session with networking drinks this Wednesday, July 6 at Koonara 5.30pm - 6.30pm.

The RBCA is partnering with Adelaide-based organisation, Youth Opportunities/Generation Thrive, to deliver a personal leadership program for our community aimed at 15 - 35 year-olds. If you have young people in your life, you are a young person, or you have young employees we urge you to attend. Non-members are also welcome.

Recent research has indicated that young people now take three and a half years more to settle and develop the emotional and social skills required for success in the workplace compared to 30 years ago. Additionally, they are motivated differently, seek more connection to purpose, and are at the highest risk of acquiring mental health issues.

The Riddoch Leaders program will develop and enhance participants' social and emotional capabilities while increasing personal accountability, self-leadership, resilience, and well-being, which will better prepare our young people and adults for success in their personal and professional lives.

Generation Thrive has had terrific results with their program in the Tatiara region. One of Bordertown’s largest employers, Tatiara Truck and Trailer has put 17 staff members through several Generation Thrive programs after witnessing the difference the program made to their team and, ultimately, their business through happier employees, better communication, and retained staff.

Our community must invest in the next generation of business and community leaders. We'd love your support to make this happen.

Come along and hear what the program is all about while getting an update on the RBCA budget response.

For further information: https://penolacoonawarra.com/riddoch-leaders-program/

Generation Thrive: https://generationthrive.com.au/
As the mercury drops and the rain rolls in, there is one thing the #penola and #coonawarra region are preparing for this July 🍷

Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers is back, with over 60 events to choose from in the jam-packed month-long program!

Indulge in exclusive wine tastings, degustation dinner events, long lunches, museum wine tastings, mulled wine and high tea sessions. All aim to showcase the breadth of beautiful wines, our emerging food credentials, and the warmth and hospitality that is so ... Coonawarra.

The whole month is packed full of different ways you can explore the magic of aged wines so make sure you plan your trip to enjoy what’s on offer! 

Beautiful vino snap, @missvino.sydney!

Looks like Sunday lunch is sorted... The Royal Oak Hotel Penola have a new menu (as of Friday)! 

Have you popped in to check it out? Let us know below 👇👇

When it comes to seriously delicious food, Pipers of Penola isn't playing around. 😍

You'll find this beautiful display of food on Sunday mornings. Prepared to get in quick, the good stuff doesn't stick around!

📍 Pipers of Penola