COONAWARRA enjoyed a celebration of its own this week following the success of the annual Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations on the weekend.
Cellar doors, wineries and venues all through the region were bursting with enthusiastic wine lovers and connoisseurs alike as Coonawarra played host to an incredible array of events across three days.
Coonawarra Vignerons marketing and events manager Renée Harrison was delighted with the turnout and praised the event for its ability to promote the region and its wonderful produce.
"The event is an essential part of the Vignerons tourism marketing campaign," she said.
"It provides an excellent platform to build on peoples love and knowledge of Coonawarra wine and has great potential to continue developing its profile-raising capacity."
An estimated 3,000 people passed through the region over the course of the weekend.
The Masterclass "Claret and Cabernet's" held on Saturday at Wynns Coonawarra Estate was one of the highlights of the 2013 Cabernet Celebrations.
Twelve wines, eight from Coonawarra and four from Bordeaux, from vintage 2009 were tasted and assessed by the expert panel of Greg Clayfield from Zema Estate, Pete Bissell from Balnaves of Coonawarra and visiting journalist Tony Keys who writes "The Key Report" and a room full of keen to learn winemakers and wine enthusiasts.
The Coonawarra Hall was the place to be on Saturday night where over 100 guests enjoyed wonderful local food and a concert by The Yeastie Boys, a famous rock band from the Yarra Valley.