Coonawarra Vineyards

Coonawarra Vineyards

Located 388 km south east of Adelaide, Penola is in the heart of one of South Australia’s most productive wine growing areas. To the north of the town lies the famous terra rosa soils of the Coonawarra which have produced excellent red wines for the past century. The town is also famous as the central location in the life of Mary McKillop, Australia’s first saint.

There is an excellent pamphlet, ‘Walk with History at Penola’, which is available free of charge from the Tourist Information Office. It covers all the major buildings and locations in town (a total of 33 destinations) and provides interesting information about the most significant buildings).

Coonawarra Wineries

Coonawarra Wineries are  particularly known for producing world class red wines especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Coonawarra’s secret lies in the combination of the rich red terra rossa soil, limestone, pure underground water and a long cool ripening season for the grapes.  Coonawarra is named from a local Aboriginal word meaning ‘honeysuckle’, is situated in south-east South... [more]

Mary MacKillop

Mary Helen MacKillop (15.1.1842 – 8.8.1909) Where it all Began. For a truly inspirational experience we invite you to visit us in Penola, where it all began. You will be moved and inspired by this fascinating story of Mary’s life, from her birth in Melbourne to her death in Sydney, with a focus on the... [more]

Petticoat Lane

Come visit the oldest residential part of Penola and wander through the historic timber and stone cottages, now housing tourism enterprises and retail outlets that retain the charm and character of yesteryear. The lane’s character is enhanced by red gum kerbing, rose plantings, a herb garden and a lavender farm featuring 60 varieties of lavender. [more]