PERFECT weather greeted racegoers for the 32nd annual Coonawarra Vignerons Cup last Thursday.
With temperatures around the 30 degree mark and the sun shining all day, no one could complain about the conditions.
Coonawarra Vignerons Cup committee chairman Tim Bailey lauded the day a success for both the vignerons and the racing club.
"It was a very successful day from both a vignerons and racing club perspective," he told the Herald.
The vignerons marquee was packed with 620 guests who enjoyed a great day of good wine and good food.
Both the calcutta and imperial auctions were very well received according to Mr Bailey - especially the imperial auction.
The eight imperials sold for an average of $1034.
"It was a very, very good average," Mr Bailey said.
"We actually sold six less imperials than last year but raised the same amount of money."
The top wine sold was a Petaluma that sold for an impressive $1700.
The proceeds of the auction will go to a charity decided in the near future.
There was a good field of close to 20 for the fashions on the field - which was won by Anita Beagan of Penola.
Wine critic Nick Stock was master of ceremonies for the day, doing a great job.
"Nick was an excellent MC," Mr Bailey said.
"He added his touch of insight into wine and cracked a few jokes which kept everyone in good spirits - the day ran pretty smoothly."
The day before the races the inaugural Coonawarra Masters golf ambrose was held with the Leconfield team - including Mr Bailey - taking top honours.
Mr Bailey thanked all the wineries for their support as well as the committee for their hard work in making the cup day a success.
"The day really reflected on their efforts," he concluded.
Caroline Hubber (left), Tony Everard, Brooke Lennon, Leigh Symons and Lauren Marshall set in for a long day of great racing at the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup.
Fashions on the field winner Anita Beagan (right) with runner-up Rebecca Bullen. Ms Bullen, from Melbourne, couldn't quite get the win on her birthday in her first time competing in the fashions on the field.
Rosie Collins (left), Danielle Chadwick, David Chadwick and Peter Collins settle in for a big day with the family.
Chloe Chadwick (left), Maggie Collins and Holly Chadwick (front) were well set up with their tent.
Brayden Kain (left), Ryan Williams and Matt Sullivan take in the atmosphere.
Naracoorte's Frank Bartosek (left) and Ken Wagner enjoy a quiet beer trackside between the races.
Master of ceremonies, wine journalist Nick Stock (left) and Coonawarra Vignerons Cup committee chairman Tim Bailey eye off the day's main prize.
Presiding over the imperial auction were guest auctioneer Stephen "Chooka" Holmes (left) and Thomas, DeGaris and Clarkson auctioneers Brad Maney and Peter DeGaris.
Brett Arnol (left) and Dale and Jo Morgan were at their first Coonawarra Cup, enjoying the day.
Enjoying the sun at the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup are Thelmarie Pretorius (left), Sandra Broad, Kym-Marie Berkin and Rachel Messenger.
Mother and daughter Kerryn (left) and Peyton Bennett take some time out in the shade.
Maria and Peter Weinberg were guests in the vignerons marquee.
Nicole Little (left), Jasmine Pearce and Lana Berkefeld had a great day out in the vignerons marquee at the cup.
Tyson White and Sandra Jobson hosted Sandra's mum Gail Jobson - from Bundaberg in Queensland - for a great day at the races.
Ken and Mary Bellinger take in the sights, including the beautiful backdrop of the finishing post at Penola Racecourse.
It was late in the day but Trent Anderson (left), Jay Edwards and Stuart Jeffries were not showing any signs of slowing down.