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Ideally set at a distance of 388 kms towards the south east of Adelaide, Penola is a city in South Australia. It is famous for its most productive wine growing regions. Apart from this, Penola is also famous for playing a vital role in Mary Mackillop's life. Mary Mackillop was the first Australian who was beautified.
The vineyards in Penola spread over an area of 290 hectares. Besides been the home to many vineyards, Penola is a home to over 1,664 people. In 1840, Austin brothers, who were the first Europeans to arrive in this region, established a run of 282 square kilometers. It was in 1986, when the first vines were planted in the Penola region. Riddoch planted the first grape vines to help diversify the pastoral economy in Penola.
Penola, the state electorate of Mackillop comes under the local government area of the Wattle Range Council. Apart from this, it is considered as the federal Division of Barker. This former resident of Mary Mackillop is a nature lover's paradise. Fresh fruit jams and wines are some of the things that one can get hold of while touring Penola.
Some of the places worth exploring in Penola include Church of St Mary the Virgin, Ulva Cottage, Lynn's Market Place, Yallum Park, National Trust McAdam Slab Hut, Sarah's Cottage, Leconfield, Highbank Wines, Hollick Wines, Wetherall Wines, Punters Corner, Lindemans Coonawarra Estate, Parker Coonawarra Estate, Katnook Estate & Riddoch and Petticoat Lane.
Those who wish to see how the grapes are harvested in Penola, then late March to early May is the perfect time to see. It is estimated that on an average 2000 to 2500 tonne of grapes are produced in Penola annually. When in Penola, one must also visit the nearby Coonawarra region. Furthermore, it is famous for vine production.