Majella wines is a highly awarded Australian boutique winery. Majella is situated on the eastern side of the famous Coonawarra “red strip” which comprises of 60 hectares. About 55% of this winery is planted with Cabernet Sauvignon, 35% with Shiraz and the remainder with Merlot and Riesling. Anthony and Brian Lynn established the vineyards and winery in 1969. Bruce Gregory is the chief winemaker. For over four generations the Lynn family has been living in Penola – Coonawarra district.
The property which was previously owned by Frank Lynn was later bought by his nephew George in 1960. George had been friends with Eric Brand who was producing wines under “Laira” name and was selling wine to the Old Hardy Wine Company. In 1968 they planted 6 acres of Shiraz. Some 70 acres was planted later which included 60% Shiraz and 40% Cabernet Sauvignon. In 1980 they sold the first grapes to Wynn’s Coonawarra Estate. This was the start of a long relationship between Wynns and Majella. Since 1989 they have been planting new vineyards and a present they have about 150 acres (60 hectares).
Most of the new plantings have been Cabernet Sauvignon. Cellar Door was constructed in late 1996. At present, they are producing 25,000 dozen of Majella wines annually. Majella Wines have numerous awards both in Australia and outside. Most popular wine of Majella winery is The Malleea and it has been selected in Langton’s Classification of Australia’s Best Wines. It is a 5 Red Star rated winery by James Halliday.