Top 10 Things to do in Penola, Australia

December 18, 2017 Mollie Coke

Discover the best top things to do in Penola, Australia including Petticoat Lane, Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre, Katnook Estate, Penola and Coonawarra Information Centre, Wynns Coonawarra Estate, Raidis Estate, Brand's Laira, Penola Fantasy Model Railway, Majella Wines, Hollick Estates.
Restaurants in Penola

1. Petticoat Lane

Petticoat Lane, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia +61 8 8737 2855
Excellent
57%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

Petticoat Lane

Reviewed By Jennifer W - Melbourne, Australia

My great great grandfather William Wilson made his home in Petticoat Lane and I just love to visit and stay next door in Davidson Cottage. The fruit trees and vines he planted still grow and I always feel so at home! It's a place full of history, loads of things to do and beautiful wines to take home.

2. Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre

Petticoat Lane and Portland Street, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia +61 8 8737 2480
Excellent
75%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
0%
Poor
0%
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Mary MacKillop Interpretive Centre

Reviewed By John H - Gold Coast, Australia

We were driving through the area and decided to stop at St.Joseph's Church for a quick look at where it all began for Mary MacKillop. We were unaware that there was an Interpretative Centre and were throughly impressed spending 90 minutes viewing the church, the school house and the section on Mary MacKillop's life and the process leading to her beatification.
Thee was also a separate section on Reverend Julian Thomas Woods the co-founder of the Sisters of St. Josephs but unfortunately we didn't have time to view this area.
It's a must see if you are in the area.

3. Katnook Estate

Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia +61 8 8737 0300
Excellent
77%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 97 reviews

Katnook Estate

WINNER - Cellar Door Awards 2017 'Best Additional Attraction in Coonawarra' for wine, service and terra rossa pit' ('Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine' magazine) Katnook Estate is one of the premier wineries in Australia's finest red wine district, Coonawarra. For nearly 40 years, Katnook has crafted the iconic Odyssey Cabernet Sauvignon and Prodigy Shiraz, the acclaimed Katnook Estate wines as well as the fruit forward Katnook Founder’s Block range. Katnook has twice won Australia's most prestigious wine trophy, the Jimmy Watson - and has three wines listed in the Langton's Classification of Australian wine. The renovated historic Cellar Door is open daily for wine tasting and sales week. Monday to Friday from 10am to 5pm and Saturday & Sunday from Noon – 5pm. Tour groups by appointment. Don't miss the terra rossa soil pit at the entrance to Cellar, eplaining the soil of Coonawarra. Open fire and lounge, picnic area, cheese platters, tea and coffee are also offered.

Reviewed By PeterHarvey - Norwich UK

We visited eight wineries and all were very, very good. Consistency seems to be the case in this region. But if really pushed, we thought that Katnook's wines, together with the warm welcome and generous tasting, just about shaded it.Dear Peter, we are thrilled with this review. Not only did you have a great experience at Katnook but you enjoyed so many wineries in our beautiful region. We hope your kind words encourage others to venture to Coonawarra soon. Thanks again.

4. Penola and Coonawarra Information Centre

27 Arthur St, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia +61 8 8737 2855
Excellent
58%
Good
41%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
0%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 58 reviews

Penola and Coonawarra Information Centre

Reviewed By RetiredWazza - Daylesford, Australia

The volunteer could not have been more helpful.
The information sheets and displays were good.
The John Riddoch Centre attached is a must to understand the area and its histodlyry!
The toilets were clean.
Parking at the side was plentiful!
And it was wheelchair friendly except for the front step (single) and the Riddoch Centre stage!

5. Wynns Coonawarra Estate

77 Memorial Dr | 5263, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia +61 8 8736 2225
Excellent
50%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 87 reviews

Wynns Coonawarra Estate

Reviewed By Natasha G - Hobart, Australia

The beautiful old building that Wynns is located in, certainly gives off an excellent first impression - as does the service from the wonderful women working in the cellar door! Rebecca (sp) looked after us today, and she did so in the absolute best manner, providing us with so much information and the most friendly service. The wines were exceptional and we ended up with a great bottle of Cab Sav! Must visit!

6. Raidis Estate

15741 Riddoch Hwy, Penola, South Australia 5277, Australia +61 407 071 807
Excellent
66%
Good
34%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 26 reviews

Raidis Estate

We reckon most things in life are better when they’re shared. At our place, that’s done over the table - loaded with backyard produce, a bottle or two of good wine and surrounded by family and friends. It might be our Greek heritage that inspired us to work the land. Since leaving more than 60 years ago Chris, with his wife Fran, has worked the Terra Rossa soils of Coonawarra, growing tomatoes, lettuces and strawberries before Steven joined his parents in the family business, together planting vines in 1990. When Steven's wife Emma came along, the dream was realised opening the cellar door in November 2009. Our two sites feature both the young and the old; regional classics Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot along with Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Gris. Through the winter months, the vines share our land with a small trip of goats who maintain the rows, doing their bit to contribute to our micro-climate. 2 lemon trees, 20 apple trees, 300 strawberry plants, 200 bushes of oregano and whatever else Chris has decided to grow on any given day, share the space with our cellar door. Come visit us and you might chance upon Chris offering up the backyard’s latest bounty or you’ll find us, Steven and Emma Raidis, at the table, glass in hand, ready to share a story or two.

Reviewed By WayneR2233 - Sydney, Australia

Right on the entry to town great place friendly staff
After some long and involved explanations of all things wine it was fun to get simple answers .
Would love to have been able to take part in tomorrow's pick and blend day but we must travel
Thanks for the afternoon

7. Brand's Laira

14860 Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia +61 8 8736 3260
Excellent
64%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 56 reviews

Brand's Laira

The Brand’s Laira vineyards are situated in the heart of the legendary ‘Terra Rossa’ region of Coonawarra, with their wines making an enormous contribution to the reputation of fine Coonawarra reds.Unwind in the state of the art cellar door, while tasting Brand’s Laira’s award winning wines. Peer into Eric Brand’s shed where Brand’s Laira wines were originally made for a glimpse of yesteryear.

Reviewed By audry38

Had a lovely wine tasting experience with Mel and got to taste a great range. Would definitely stop in for a tasting.Thanks Audry, we look foward to seeing you again.

8. Penola Fantasy Model Railway

Riddoch Street, Penola, South Australia, Australia +61 8 8737 2247
Excellent
76%
Good
8%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
8%
Terrible
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Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 34 reviews

Penola Fantasy Model Railway

Reviewed By whiteskye07

I'm still so confused .
Friendly service, actually a bit too friendly. I appreciate all the effort put into it and you can see the passion in Graham's work but something didn't seem quite right. We just wanted the opportunity to walk around but there were "rules" and "games" and certain order we could do things. My children literally were are little freaked out. Each to their own

9. Majella Wines

Lynn Road, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia +61 8 8736 3055
Excellent
73%
Good
17%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 47 reviews

Majella Wines

Premium red wine producer in the iconic Coonawarra Wine Region. One of Australia's most awarded small wineries, with a five star Halliday rating. Situated in the centre of the famous Coonawarra all our wines are grown on the beautiful red Terra Rossa soil that makes Coonawarra what it is. A fine selection of wines, Caberent Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot, Riesling and our very poplular sparkling Shiraz and NV Minute (sparkling white). We have a large lawned area which you can relax with a glass of wine and a home packed picnic if you wish. We look forward to your visit and enjoy all that Coonawarra wine region has to offer. CLOSED: Christmas Day, Boxing Day and Good Friday

Reviewed By leanneandtony - Cairns, Australia

Great wines. Attractive cellar door with great wines at a reasonable price. We visited on a weekday and it was quiet so the lady could spend time explaining the various wines. Very friendly and great knowledge of wines. RecommendThank you for visiting us here in Coonawarra and taking the time to write review! Glad you enjoyed your visit to our cellar door and hope to see you again one day! Cheers

10. Hollick Estates

Cnr Riddoch Hwy & Ravenswood Ln, Coonawarra, South Australia 5263, Australia +61 8 8737 2318
Excellent
74%
Good
20%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
0%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 50 reviews

Hollick Estates

Established in 1983, Hollick Estate is a boutique winery located on the famed terra rossa soils of Coonawarra, South Australia. Hollick is known for producing premium quality food friendly wines, a selection can always be tasted when visiting our Cellar Door. We’re proud of our wines, and we are passionate about enjoying them with great food, family, fabulous friends and inspiring views. Hollick is renowned for their extensive range of premium table wines and the icon wines they produce such as Ravenswood Cabernet Sauvignon, Wilgha Shiraz and Neilson’s Block Merlot. When visiting the Coonawarra, no visit is complete without a dining experience in our Upstairs at Hollick restaurant. A stylish, warm and inviting restaurant made to be enjoyed with friends and family whilst you savour our panoramic views across the vineyards in the heart of the Coonawarra.

Reviewed By Michelle W

The wine tasting was brilliant and the staff were beyond helpful. An amazing selection of wines with a few uncommon varieties thrown in. Highly recommend joining their Vintage Club.
Whilst we loved our visit to the Cellar Door we were disappointed the restaurant was not able to seat us at our designated time for lunch and despite waiting longer we had to leave.
5 for the Cellar Door
2 for the Restaurant

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