Econo Lodge Mount Gambier City Central
96 Jubilee Highway East
Mt Gambier, SA 5290
Phone: (61) 8 87254311
Fax: (61) 8 87249659
Penola concentrates on its heritage. Walking trails will introduce you to the 1850s style cottages in Petticoat Lane and a saint in the making, Mother Mary MacKillop. Geological exploration and gas research are also covered in the historical interpretive center. Ask about fossils and the World Heritage-listed Naracoorte Caves Conservation Park. Those interested in more liquid pursuits will find information on the magnificent Coonawarra wineries; which produce some of the state's most prestigious red wines.
Many wine buffs have yet to discover the glorious reds produced by this small, family run estate. The somewhat plain cellar door at Zema leads to a little palace, so be sure to taste the superb Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Other red wines produced by the Zema family include Merlot, Malbec and Cabernet Franc - the only white being a Sauvignon Blanc. The Zema family export their hand-picked and pruned wines overseas, and offer a mail order service.
The oldest winery in the Coonawarra region, Wynns conducts cellar sales in the presence of old wooden barrels carrying tremendous aromas of great wines. The 1997 Coonawarra Estate Shiraz is considered one of the top value wines in the state. Shiraz drinkers love the peppery flavor of these great reds. With back vintages available, do not neglect the current favorites. The fragrant estate Chardonnay offers great value and the Riesling is also very good. This winery should not be missed.