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The plaque commemorates 100 years since the first wine vintage in the Katnook Woolshed was produced in 1896.

In 1861, Scottish immigrant, John Riddoch arrived at Penola in South Australia and realising the fertile soils in the area began to buy agricultural land. Katnook is the Indigenous word for “Fat Land” denoting the fertile character of the soil. In 1890 Riddoch established the Coonawarra Fruit Colony and planted 140 hectares of vines. His first commercial vintage was made in his woolshed at Katnook in 1896. The woolshed has now been restored and serves as Katnook’s barrel room. 



Address:Riddoch Highway, Katnook Estate, Coonawarra, 5263
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -37.328827
Long: 140.835151
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology
Approx. Event Start Date:1896
Approx. Event End Date:1996


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Thursday 5th December, 1996
Front Inscription


The Katnook Woolshed was erected in 
  1862 for John Riddoch.

William Salter Jnr., winemaker, made his first 
Coonawarra vintage in this building 
(the second vintage in the District) in 1896.

This plaque commemorates 100 years since the first 
   vintage in the Katnook Woolshed.
Unveiled by Mr. Peter Seddon, grandson of 
William Salter Jnr., on Thursday 5th December, 1996.



Source: MA
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