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Katnook Estate

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John Riddoch's original 1800s buildings amongst the Katnook Vines, now open to visitors.

Katnook sits in the heartland of South Australia’s Coonawarra wine district, just north of Penola and roughly half way between Melbourne and Adelaide.

Katnook was the site of wine pioneer John Riddoch’s first commercial Coonawarra vintage in 1896. In 1980, the second chapter began when wine was again crafted in Riddoch’s original winery by Wayne Stehbens, who still heads our winemaking team today.

Wayne boasts an extraordinary track record of winemaking excellence, having twice won the Jimmy Watson Trophy (1987 and 1998) as well as a double trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2003. Three Katnook wines appear in the prestigious Langton’s Classification of Australian Wines and Katnook is rated 5-star in James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2016.

The 200 hectare Katnook property boasts some of Australia’s finest vineyards as well as John Riddoch’s beautifully restored, historic limestone buildings – where we welcome visitors to our Estate.

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