Koonowla, to the east of Auburn in the Clare Valley of South Australia, was planted with its first vines in the 1890s and by the early 1900’s 60,000 litres of wine per year was flowing from its wineries and cellars.

A disastrous fire struck in 1926, reducing the vineyard’s size and changing times much of the land converted to grain and wool production while retaining the tradition and vineyard substance from its pioneering founders.

In 1985 work began to replant the vines, with Koonowla remaining one of the district’s most iconic properties until that time and beyond.

Today vineyards line the fields of the beautiful 250 acre property, just as they had done in the early years.

The vineyard now gives life to blocks of carefully selected Terroir-planted varieties of Cabernet, Shiraz and Riesling.

It’s all the work of the estate’s principal, Andrew Michael, who has built one of the best examples of high quality and productive and sustainable viticulture and agriculture that you will see today.

Koonowla passionately believes that its wines and fruit must produce a distinct regional and varietal character and that brands such as Koonowla can always have a strong presence on retail shelves and restaurant lists around Australia and overseas by delivering consistent and high quality wines at affordable value.

The Koonowla winemakers, David O’Leary and Nick Walker share with Koonowla the success of accolades and trophies as testament to their understanding of the importance of first class climate, soil profile, viticulture and winemaking in order to deliver the most outstanding results.

The wine styles being pursued by Koonowla and their team are a blend of unashamed Clare tradition with modern wine making practices.


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