Named after a nearby landmark, the Koonunga Hill Vineyard was planted with shiraz and cabernet sauvignon in 1973 on the drier northern edge of the Barossa Valley.
The vineyard inspired the name of Penfolds Koonunga Hill, originally released as an entry point to the Penfolds portfolio of wines. This low-yielding vineyard, however, has become a consistent producer of Grange and Bin 707 quality fruit.
Cool sea breezes from the Gulf of St Vincent and elevation modify temperatures. However, hot northerly winds can occasionally dominate, creating considerable vine stress.
The region is also known for its relatively low rainfall. Avg rainfall is 508mm; 201mm during growing season.
Red-brown earth over heavy clays
Vines are trained on trellises for mechanical pruning and harvesting.