The origin of the Australian winery in Coonawarra
(State of South Australia) dates back to 1891 when John immigrated from Scotland Riddoch
(1827-1901) began to plant vines on 52 hectares. By 1895 he also built a large winery. This is the core area of today's winery Wynns
, Riddoch produced its first wine in the same year. In 1896, Riddoch's winemaker William Salter made the second wine of a high quality in a wool shed. This part of the property was called Katnook, which in the Aboriginal language means "fat land". In 1967, Katnook was acquired by the Yunghanns family. She founded the "Coonawarra Machinery Company", from which the current owner "Wingara Wine Group" later emerged. This group also includes the Deakin Estate winery in the area Murray Darling
(State of Victoria).
The grapes were initially sold by the Katnook Estate, the first self-produced wine was the 1979 vintage. The vineyards now cover 330 hectares of vineyards 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 the red wines are also worthy of Coonawarra, they often need ten years of bottle aging and more before they can be enjoyed. In 1980, in honor of the founder, a second label called "Riddoch Wines" was created. In the past, these were drinkable and fruity wines, the best of which is the Sauvignon Blanc.