Today, Wynns Coonawarra Estate is the region’s foremost wine maker and greatest single vineyard holder with the finest and longest established vineyard sites in Coonawarra. Commended for both their trustworthy quality and depth of flavour, Wynns is the benchmark for the region. The Estate was founded in 1891 by John Riddoch who planted vineyards and in 1896 completed Wynns famous triple gabled winery, now featured on Wynns iconic labels. David Wynn purchased the winery and vineyards in 1951 renaming it Wynns Coonawarra Estate.
In 1954, the first Wynns Coonawarra Estate Cabernet was produced and is still viewed as equal to the world’s best. Wynns Black Label Coonawarra Cabernet is one of Australia's most collected and cellared Cabernets. Coonawarra’s global reputation has come from the regionally specific terra rossa soil; one of the most renowned terroir soils in the world. Terra rossa (Italian for red soil) is a type of red clay produced by the weathering of limestone over many thousands of years and coloured by iron oxide. Wynns Coonawarra Estate is humbled to possess some of the oldest vines in the region and is greatly credited for Coonawarra’s fame.
When it comes to Australian wine and winemakers, few names are as famous or revered as that of Sue Hodder. Sue is renowned around the world as being one of Australia's finest winemakers after having completed almost three decades at Wynns Coonawarra Estate.
Sue has worked with fellow Wynns Winemaker, Sarah Pidgeon for 20 years, with their combined experience critical to the success of the Estate. Fittingly, in 2016 Sue and Sarah were jointly awarded the ASVO Winemaker of the Year. This is a peer award for two decades of collaborating on “Cabernet Sauvignon for the Future”. In 2017, Sue was named as the Inaugural “Woman of Inspiration” by the influential industry group, Fabulous Ladies of Wine.
In 2010 Sue was announced as the Gourmet Traveller WINE Winemaker of the Year, with Wynn’s viticulturist, Allen Jenkins. This strong symbiotic partnership from the vineyard to the winery has really been the backbone in transforming the quality, and in subtly redefining the style of Wynns.
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