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Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Day

Whilst visiting Coonawarra during summer, check out Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Day.

Held in January at the picturesque Penola Racecourse, the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup is one of the major tourist drawcards to the region, making it one of South Australia’s most famous country racing events.

Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Day 2024 Horse Racing Date, Penola SA

Held in January, the Coonawarra Vignerons Cup is one of the major tourist drawcards to the region. Each year, the Cup welcomes more than 3,000 visitors from all parts of Australia. As a result, Coonawarra becomes a vibrant and pulsating town full of fun and frivolity.

Each year, the event welcomes more than 3,000 visitors from all parts of Australia to enjoy a full day of live racing action and trackside entertainment.

One of the day’s highlights is the 36° South Coonawarra Vignerons Cup Marquee, which hosts over 700 wine industry people and guests.

The all-inclusive Marquee event includes a 7.5-hour beverage package of Coonawarra fine wines, entry into the racecourse and marquee precinct, gourmet food – Breakfast, lunch AND afternoon tea, with imperial wine auctions, fashion in the marquee contest, live music and live racing action.

The Cup is held at Penola Racecourse. Visitors attending this event should plan an extra day or two to tour Mount Gambier and the surrounding region to explore the township’s best attractions. Visitors to the race day can also bring their children to this event as there are many kid-friendly activities.

Don’t drink and drive. There will be a free shuttle bus from the Penola town centre to the racecourse, and then hop on it again for your return trip at the end of the day. Bookings are not required.

In addition to racing and entertainment, the Cup offers a quaint and stunning backdrop where visitors can relax and enjoy a spectacular day.


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  • Hi, having visited the coonawarra cup 2014′ I found your dates for my trip to oz to take in the vigneron cup on a web site only to find there was a lateish change of date having already booked my return flights to the uk I missed the race meeting which was dis appointing as I arrive for the snake gully cup, and like to finish with the coonawarra cup inthe marquee before my flight home, I stay with a group that regularly take in the cup. My next trip is planned to take in the coonawarra cup 2019 , I understand this is early but when a date is confirmed could you please forward me the date, as it’s a day not to be missed, yours hopefully not a too whinging Pom. Graham

    • Hi Jan,

      The 14th of January date listed on our site was for the past race day in 2016. We have not updated our site as yet as the 2017 date is yet to be released by the racing club.

      Please check back with us and I will update the page as soon as the 2017 date has been released from the organisers. I have changed our listing to “TBA” so as to avoid any further confusion.

      Best Regards,

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