The origin of the Australian winery in Coonawarra
(State of South Australia) lies in 1891 when John immigrated from Scotland Riddoch
(1827-1901) began to plant on 52 hectares of vines. By 1895, he also built a large winery. This is the core area of today's winery Wynns
, Riddoch produced his first wine in the same year. In 1896 Riddoch's winemaker William Salter produced the second wine in a wool shed in high quality. This part of the property was called Katnook, which means "fat land" after the Aboriginal language. In 1967, Katnook was acquired by the Yunghanns family. She founded the "Coonawarra Machinery Company", from which later the current owner "Wingara Wine Group" emerged. To this group also belongs the winery Deakin Estate in the area Murray Darling
(State of Victoria).
Initially, the grapes were sold by the Katnook Estate, the first self-produced wine was the 1979 vintage. Today, the vineyards cover 330 hectares of vineyards, which are planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Franc , Unusually for Coonawarra, the white wines are the most impressive, especially the Rhine Riesling, the Chardonnay and the Sauvignon Blanc. But even the reds are Coonawarra-worthy, they often need ten years bottle aging and more, until they can be enjoyed. In 1980, in honor of the founder, a second label called "Riddoch Wines" was created. These are formerly drinkable and fruity wines, the best of which is the Sauvignon Blanc.