Coonawarra has a reputation for producing some of the finest red wines in Australia. The local winemakers consider one of Australia’s most important wine awards, the Jimmy Watson trophy, as their own. There are over 25 wineries in the area; most are multi – award winning wine producers. The regions famous stretch of terra rossa soil lies on top of limestone and with its abundance of under ground water and cool climate for much of the year, results in outstanding wines, especially Cabernet sauvignon.