Our Story

Overview

Balnaves of Coonawarra Vineyard was established in 1975, and is situated at the southern end of the Coonawarra Terra Rossa strip. The Balnaves family have been associated with the district since 1855 with the first wines under the Balnaves of Coonawarra label being produced in 1990. We remain fully committed to a high level of ‘hands-on’ involvement and look forward to sharing our passion with you.

We aim to produce consistently high quality wines from fruit sourced from our own Coonawarra vineyards, reflecting the unique flavours, character and quality of fruit grown in this area, as well as the variation of seasons in this cool climate area.

Philosophy

Philosophy

Our aim is to produce consistently high quality wines with fruit sourced from our own Coonawarra vineyards.

History

History

Doug & Annette Balnaves started in the wine industry in the early 1970s when they sold their farm to what was Hungerford Hill.

Family

Family

Balnaves of Coonawarra is a tight family unit consisting of Doug & Annette Balnaves working with their daughter Kirsty and son Pete, alongside winemaker of 20 years at Balnaves of Coonawarra Pete Bissell.

People

People

There are many people that make Balnaves a special place.

Cellar Door

Cellar Door

Our unique cellar door sales building overlooks a tranquil pond full of bird life, surrounded by vineyards and over 900 beautiful rose bushes.

Our Vineyards

Our Vineyards

Since the planting of the first 5 hectares of vines in 1975, the Balnaves vineyards have grown steadily.

Coonawarra

Coonawarra

Coonawarra has developed an enviable reputation as a producer of premium table wines, particularly the dry red table wines.

Community

Community

Balnaves of Coonawarra understand the importance of supporting community events and charities and are proud to support many organisations.

Video Gallery

Video Gallery

See us in action!