5 hours by car west of Australia’s great city of Melbourne you'll find Coonawarra, one of the best wine regions in the country.
Founded in 1891 by the Scottish gold digger John Riddoch, who planted 95.000 vines and 10.000 fruit trees only the first year. But the region didn’t receive any noticeable recognition before the 1960s.
The Coonawarra region holds a quite cold climate for Australia. The terroir is noticeable in its color and consists of a top layer of red clay. Underneath is a layer of chalk stones, both good for drainage and keeping the heat throughout the cool nights. All this makes for a quite interesting wine region.
The region is best know for their signature Cabernet Sauvignon’s. So much so, that the Australian reference point on this grape, comes from here.
At 8AM on the 11th of March 1897 406kg of grapes arrived at the newly build Chateau Comaum. This was the first arrival of grapes at what today is Wynns Estate. A proud winery with long roots. The current owners bought the estate in 1951 and their wines are considered the best in the region.
Several are available at Vinmonopolet, and we’re focusing on their lovely 2018 Cabernet Sauvignon.