Weekend wine pick & a new picnic staple.
August 13, 2021

Weekend wine pick & a new picnic staple.

To some passing through, Penola may appear to be just the small (yet gorgeous) regional town it is. But what visitors might not see at first glimpse is what makes us unique. Our incredible culture – our community’s ongoing celebration of art, music, country, local produce, and of course… wine.

Lucky for us and the town’s sightseers, we are based next door to some of Australia’s most stunning wine country. Which means the best drops are available just down the road.

With too many wonderful wineries to count along the 10km Coonawarra strip, we are absolutely spoilt for choice when it comes to opening a bottle.

(Travellers Tip: take the road in Autumn to see the line-up of golden leafy trees, it’s an incredible sight).

Want our pick? The answer is an easy one. A glass of Balnaves shiraz by the fire. Pay a visit to the small family-owned cellar door at Balnaves as you make your way through the famous Coonawarra Terra Rossa landscape. With a wine room overlooking a tranquil pond full of bird life, surrounded by vineyards and over 900 beautiful rose bushes you'll be at your most relaxed while tasting a beautiful collection of current vintage wines.

If you’re feeling a little adventurous, take home their Sparkling Cabernet, a perfect bottle for your next picnic lunch. There’s no denying it’s a crowd pleaser.

Inside or out, amongst the vines or camped with the family at Bellwether Cellar Door, a wine in hand from any of our local producers is the icing on the cake in a serene country setting.

And what’s a bottle of bubbles without an enviro-friendly wine glass to go with it? Our divine Stemm Unbreakable Wine Glasses are a traveller’s dream come true. Look good and feel good with this kitchen and camping staple you never knew you needed! Foldable, dishwasher safe and of course beautiful to drink from, our sets of two come in a range of bright and bold colours, making them the ideal gift or addition to your homewares collection.


We’ve got Marrakesh Camel and Taupe packed for this weekend’s outdoor activities and as with our current winter wardrobe, we are loving the natural hues. For a more colourful statement select from Chiba Pink/melon or Valencia teal/blue. Like us, you may find the temptation to purchase every colour pairing in this range! (Does it matter, when the wine is so damn delicious?)

Pop a set of our Stemm Glasses in your cart via our online store or pay us a visit and admire these gorgeous creations IRL. While you’re at it shop your favourite bottles from the Balnaves collection through their Coonawarra Cellar Door or webstore.

You can thank us later!