John Riddoch, a Scottish pioneer to Coonawarra, planted his first vines in 1891. More than 120 years of production later, the Wynns Coonawarra Estate uses the same vines and winery that made an indelible mark on the Australian wine industry. The Coonawarra region is approximately 450 kilometres away from Melbourne, and another 350 kilometres away from Adelaide. The presence of terra rossa, or “red earth,” is a distinctive feature of this region. Its rich and free draining topsoil is great for growing, especially in optimal sunlight. The cool and marginal climate allows flavours to build slowly in the grape. Senior Winemaker Sue Hodder has risen to her role as a custodian, not just of the wine, but also of the storied wine tradition of Coonawarra.