The Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations began in 1997 with the Barrel Series featuring 4 premium barrels of 1996 Coonawarra Cabernet. That year the barrels were from Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate, Mildara, Katnook Estate and Balnaves of Coonawarra.
The sparkling brunch and barrel auction were the feature attractions of the weekend gathering wine enthusiasts and buyers from interstate for a weekend in Coonawarra. The barrel tasting took place the prior to the auction, setting an exciting apprehensive introduction to the auction.
The wines were later bottled into the 20 dozen cases and boxed in wooden cases ready for delivery to the purchasers.
The Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon Celebrations and barrel Auction continued for 12 year and has since been replaced with a different format for the weekend.