"Wynns Coonawarra Estate was founded by Scottish pioneer John Riddoch, who was a true visionary. He planted vineyards and completed the three-gabled winery in 1891. In 1951, the Wynn family purchased the iconic winery and vineyard, convinced of the potential of the region to produce top quality wines.Melbourne designer Richard Beck's now iconic woodcut of the winery's façade adorns the first wine released under the Wynns Coonawarra Estate label in 1952. true essence of Coonawarra - varietal character with finesse.
Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is Coonawarra's preeminent wine producer and largest vineyard holder, with the longest standing vineyards in the region. Led by Sue Hodder (Senior Winemaker since 1998) and Allen Jenkins (Wynns Viticulturist), Wynns wines are regarded as benchmarks for the district, praised for their consistent quality and depth of flavour. In vintages where the grapes are considered exceptional, two flagship red wines are made: the John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon and the Michael Shiraz. A string of single vineyard wines is further evidence of Wynns' depth; an announced vineyard is selected and the wine is named after him. John Riddoch Cabernet Sauvignon is made in small batches from the best available fruit grown on the estate's extensive plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon in the heart of the terra rossa soil. It has become a definitive Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon, made only in years when extraordinarily high quality grapes are available, with less than one percent of the top quality Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.