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“Wow, wow, wow. Above & beyond.”

Coonawarra Experiences
Ranked #1 of 22 Food & Drink in Coonawarra
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: COONAWARRA EXPERIENCES offers you the premier boutique wine touring service in Coonawarra with intimate and unique experiences for all who visit Coonawarra. Highly customised tours revolve around you and what you wish to achieve during your stay in this world famous and historic region. Our tours cater for groups of all sizes in comfort and style including corporate reward packages and team building options. You enjoy the day whilst we look after the driving. The Coonawarra wine region is certainly world famous for Cabernet Sauvignon but also offers a tremendous range of other varietals such as Riesling, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris and Merlot just to name a few. Many visitors to Coonawarra are knocked out by the choices on offer at the various cellar doors. Most of the cellar doors are open seven days a week which provides plenty of options. There are also a number that are by appointment only and this is where COONAWARRA EXPERIENCES can assist in arranging access for you.
Useful Information: Food available for purchase, Wheelchair access
Reviewed 15 December 2018

We booked the 'Immerse Yourself in Coonawarra' package, which included 2-nights in Simon & Kerry's luxurious 2-bedroom accomodation, and the 'Immerse Yourself' full day tour. And we are so, so glad we did.

From the moment you meet Simon & Kerry you're made to feel right at home in not only the accomodation, but the region. In the weeks leading up to our tour they were in contact to personally tailor the perfect day tour for us; and that's exactly what our experience was. Perfect.

From the luxurious and spacious vehicle, to Simon's incredible knowledge of everything 'Coonawarra', we honestly couldn't have asked for more.

The service was simply sensational. We barely had to open our own door, rarely allowed to carry any of the (many) bottles we purchased along the way, and were treated to some extra special experiences just because we were touring with Simon. It's clear the relationships he & Kerry have built in the region are genuine and well-respected, because everyone you meet gives you the same warm everywhere you go.

I've worked in 5 & 6-star customer service for the past 10 years, and spending our time in the Coonawarra with Simon & Kerry at Coonawarra Experiences was a decision I would (and will) make time & time again, and just a few days after returning home, we already can't wait for our next visit.

Pro tip: before booking your tour, check out the Coonawarra Experience's website & book your accomodation with Simon & Kerry as well. They have fantastic accomodation/tour packages, which we didn't originally book but once we discovered, we amended our booking to.

A true example of hospitality at the highest level, and a huge thank you to Simon & Kerry.
We'll definitely be staying again!

Date of experience: December 2018
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simonm961, Owner at Coonawarra Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Hi Hayden,

Wow, what can I actually say to that?! We are so incredibly pleased you both enjoyed your time with us here as much as you did. Kerry & I have worked very hard to bring an exclusive and personal experience to every guest we have and your feedback has truly humbled us.

Please do come back and see us again and we promise we'll have an even greater experience lined up for you and anyone you wish to bring to Coonawarra with you.

Cheers Simon

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Reviewed 15 December 2018

Not only is this accomodation modern and immaculately well kept, as soon as you arrive you are welcomed with a big smile and a helping hand. (Make sure you make the most of the big rainfall shower and perfect water pressure, we loved it).
Simon and Kerry go above and beyond to make sure everything is taken care of during your stay. You have all the privacy you could want but they are a text or a call away if you need anything (not that we needed to call on them at any point as they hadn’t missed a beat).
We opted to take advantage of their Coonawarra Experiences company, to do a degustation lunch the first day and a wine tour with them the second day.
Simon knows EVERYTHING there is to know in the Coonawarra and I honestly learnt so much about the region while we were there. He is so easy to get a long with, loves a laugh and has such an immense knowledge on the land and history of the Coonawarra, it’s fascinating.
Not only do they recommend wineries (and have an example itinerary that you can opt to take advantage of) but they were open to ideas or preferences we put forward and were happy to mix things up.
It is such a community feel in the Coonawarra, Simon knew everyone everywhere we went. He had already given each winery a courtesy call the day before to let them know we would be coming in.
When we went to Rymill it just so happened that Simon was having a chat to Jamie (a winemaker, unsure of exact job title I’m sorry), we ended up with a little sneak peak and a taste of some yet to be released wines (amazing wines too!). Which we were extremely lucky to be able to experience.

I could go on. But to sum up, we had an incredible stay with Simon & Kerry. We only had a couple of nights (we packed a lot in that time but it was definitely not enough!). I could not recommend these guys enough, the next time we head to the Coonawarra we will be heading straight back to stay with them again. We can’t wait.

Date of experience: December 2018
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simonm961, Owner at Coonawarra Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Thank you so much for this amazing review!

We absolutely loved hosting you both and showing you a small slice of this incredible region. Please do make sure you come back and see us again and allow a little more time so we can really take you behind the scenes in Coonawarra.

Cheers Simon

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Reviewed 14 December 2018

We had one full day in Penola and chose to go on a half day trip with Simon from Coonawarra Experiences which was a fabulous decision. Simon was very easy to get along with, full of local knowledge and we were able to experience lots of local wineries with a personal touch, highly recommend this if you want to wine taste in this lovely part of the world. We have since been wine tasting in McLaren and the Adelaide Hills and can honestly say our Coonawarra experience was far superior.

Date of experience: December 2018
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simonm961, Owner at Coonawarra Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 15 December 2018

Hi nattym5,

Thank you so much for your kind review. We really enjoyed showing you both this amazing region and I'm pleased your were able to take away some great memories of your time here.

Please do come back and visit again!

Cheers Simon

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Reviewed 3 December 2018 via mobile

My best friend and I won a competition for a tour of the region. Simon was a very knowledgeable guide and took us to some fantastic wineries. He touched base with us before the tour and made sure he had planned something very special and individualised. Highly recommend!

Date of experience: December 2018
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Simon M, Owner at Coonawarra Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 4 December 2018

It was our pleasure to host you both for the day and we hope you got to see a little more of our region in a different style.

Congratulations on the competition win once again.

Cheers Simon

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Reviewed 5 November 2018 via mobile

From start to finish nothing but warmth and hospitality. Their local insight was nothing but amazingly succulent.

Date of experience: November 2018
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Simon M, Owner at Coonawarra Experiences, responded to this reviewResponded 6 November 2018

Thanks so much Cheryl! We've had many great reviews and this is certainly the most succulent!

Cheers Simon

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