Coonawarra Vignerons Cup

Summer is the time for South Australia’s ‘best country race meeting’. So get your hats ready for the annual Coonawarra Vignerons Cup!

Each year, on the second Thursday in January, we invite you to the Coonawarra Vigenerons Cup. The Penola Racecourse is the stunning backdrop for South Australia’s best country race meeting, certainly not a day to be missed!

The Coonawarra Vigenerons Cup brings fashion, cuisine and gives you a change to indulge in some of the nations finest wines and to enjoy the atmosphere of country racing each year at the Penola Race Course.

Come and indulge in a Coonawarra red or two, relax under the free marquee that will be open to the public and catch all the excitement on the track. If your fortune enough,the sponsor of the Cup, the Coonawarra Vignerons Association plays host to 700 guests in its marquee with Coonawarra wine, wonderful cuisine and plenty of good cheer.

With over 3,000 visitors each year, come and experience a fun-filled day with fabulous local food, fine wine, fashion and friends.

The Course: Penola racecourse has a warmth and a charm about it like few others. It is neat, organised and methodical yet it is cosy, comfortable and relaxed. It oozes heritage and tradition.
It is to the Penola Racing Club’s great credit that it has been able to retain this charm and dignity despite the construction of many new buildings in recent years. In each case they have blended with the old with clever use of red brick and sympathetic architecture. The course is compact yet uncrowded. The vast areas of lawn are permanently green and mown and edges are manicured. They beckon you to walk on them.

The History: Penola is one of the oldest racing clubs in the south east of South Australia. While race meetings in the mid 1800s were relatively informal affairs Penola is attributed with holding the first official meeting in the state. It was held over three days in February 1856. In those formative years, the streets around the town formed the track with landmarks of today such as the Royal Oak Hotel and the Presbyterian Manse being on two of the corners. The move to the current location was made in May 1906 when the Club bought 96 acres for 411 pounds. In 1979, Kalangadoo Racing Club, which was formed in May 1898, joined with Penola.


  • Free marquee open to the public
  • Full TAB, bar and catering facilities
  • Local Coonawarra wines available for purchase


When: January 12, 2012 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Where: Penola Race CourseRace Course Rd , Penola, SA
Contact:  Penola Coonawarra Visitor Information Centre Tel: 08 87372855

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