Katnook is rated 5 stars by world renouned wine writer, James Halliday – an accolade it has enjoyed for several decades. At the head of our winemaking team is senior winemaker Wayne Stehbens, who began in 1979 when Katnook Winery was reborn. With nearly 40 years of winemaking experience at Katnook and in the Coonawarra region, Wayne says, “Winemaking here is an exciting challenge each year. Nothing is static. Seasons, knowledge, markets, innovations, equipment and oak – they’re forever evolving”.
With Wayne at the winemaking helm, Katnook boasts an extraordinary track record of excellence, having twice won the Jimmy Watson Trophy ( in 1987 and 1998) as well as a double trophy at the prestigious International Wine and Spirit Competition in 2003.
When describing his winemaking style, Wayne says “I aim to make wines which show subtlety, intrigue and complexity. Reflecting the essence of Coonawarra’s terroir is integral to my winemaking approach”. Wayne believes that “while Cabernet Sauvignon is the hero variety of the Coonawarra region, other red varietals are equally impressive. The white wines are similarly unique in character and world class in quality”.
In 2010, Riddoch’s historical ‘Woolshed’ was restored to its former glory and now features a micro winery for superior wine parcels and a basket press.
Katnook currently crushes around 2,000 tonnes of fruit annually, all of which is grown on the Estate.
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