Just north of Penola sits a unique tourist offering dedicated to good wine, music, food, heritage and camping with a difference. Winemaker Sue Bell makes the most of her historic 1868 Glen Roy Woolshed, where she and other lovers of the grape work their magic at a winery co-op with a difference. There’s a flock of adventurous growers who bring their fruit here, and they’re often experimenting with new varieties like Touriga, Tempranillo, Montepulciano and others from Mediterranean climes that can handle our increasingly hot summers.
The other key driver in Sue’s business plan is a sense of fun and a harking back to older traditions, especially when workers down tools for an impromptu concert by fellow winemaker Kelly Menhennett. It’s one of the many concerts that regularly occur here.
And if you overindulge in wine and music, then you don’t have far to go for a comfy bed. At Bellwether, you can also enjoy luxurious camping – surrounded by 500-year-old red gums – and the many sheep on Sue’s stunning Coonawarra property. So put Bellwether wines on your upcoming South Aussie holiday list. It’s located just 17 kilometres north of Penola.
Visit the Bellwether website for details.