Leconfield Coonawarra

The Leconfield Coonawarra Story

In 1974, at 76 years of age, with a winemaking career spanning nearly 60 years, Sydney Hamilton (1898-1987) selected a fine piece of ‘Terra Rossa’ country at Coonawarra to fulfil a life’s ambition, to grow and produce a classic Australian Cabernet Sauvignon. He named the estate Leconfield, after his English ancestor, Lord Leconfield, and set about establishing a remarkable reputation for Leconfield Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon.


Great Wines Crafted From Great Vineyards

Sydney Hamilton

Leconfield Coonawarra was established in 1974 by noted oenologist, Sydney Hamilton, at the age of 76. Sydney was especially known for pioneering temperature-controlled fermentation of white wines. This technique allowed for the preservation of delicate aromas and flavours and has become the benchmark for production of white wine around the world.

Coonawarra Vineyards

Renowned for its rich, terra rossa soil, the Coonawarra is one of Australia’s great wine regions. The first vines were planted in 1891 as part of the ‘Penola Fruit Colony’ and the area quickly achieved recognition for its fine red wines. Undoubtedly, Coonawarra produces Australia’s greatest Cabernet Sauvignon.

Wine Making Philosophy

Leconfield Wines Are Based On A Simple Philosophy – Great Wines Are Crafted From Great Vineyards. ‘The best wine is one which is so complete that it does not need dissection, yet so interesting that it inspires intrigue. The best reward is from having people who love our wines.’ Paul Gordon, Senior Winemaker Leconfield Wines.

The Leconfield Wines Portfolio

Situated in the southern half of the Coonawarra strip, the vineyard occupies some of the area’s richest terra rossa soil over limestone. Original plantings were to the classic variety Cabernet Sauvignon. The soils combined with the cool-climate of the Region is ideal for the wines in our Portfolio - Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Franc, Riesling and Chardonnay

Coonawarra Cellar Door

You can enjoy Leconfield Wines at both our McLaren Vale and Coonawarra Cellar Doors. Tastings are available daily. Stay for a while and enjoy a glass of wine with regional produce in front of the fireplace our in our beautiful Cellar Door gardens.