Katnook Estate historical buildings

Katnook Estate produces a range of premium quality, single varietal wines that capture the classic flavor profile of Coonawarra. The estate is committed to sustainable winemaking and houses the largest solar energy unit in southeast Australia.

Katnook Estate picnic in vineyards
country
Australia
region
Coonawarra
winemaker
Wayne Stehbens
established date
1896

Overview

Katnook’s winemaking history stretches back to 1896, when the first successful vintage in Coonawarra was released from John Riddoch’s former woolshed. John Riddoch was an immigrant from Scotland who purchased land in Coonawarra after achieving success as a trader. Impressed by the growth of his fruit trees and vines, he experimented with making wine in 1895, and Katnook was born. Katnook is an aboriginal word meaning “Fat Land” referring to the rich, red fertile soil known today as “terra rossa”.

Coonawarra is a cool wine region, with climate conditions similar to Bordeaux, France. Both areas experience long but cool hours of sunshine during grape ripening, encouraging intense flavors balanced by good, natural acid. Coonawarra is famous for its prized Terra Rossa or “Red Earth” soil, which is considered the best in the world for growing Cabernet Sauvignon. This rich, crumbly red loam lies over a thin layer of calcareous matter, which in turn overlays a deep stratum of limestone. Terra Rossa soil is found only along a strip of land that is 13 miles long and 1 mile wide.

KEY SELLING POINTS


- Coonawarra is famous for its Terra Rossa or “Red Earth” soil, ideal for growing Cabernet Sauvignon.

- Katnook Estate is committed to sustainable winemaking—it houses the largest solar energy unit in southeast Australia.

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country
Australia
region
Coonawarra
winemaker
Wayne Stehbens
established date
1896