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Raidis Estate

History

Raϊdis Estate is the newest ‘kid’ on the Coonawarra block. Our family has lived and worked in the Coonawarra region for over forty years.

We own and operate the vineyards that produce our wines. Our vines are hand pruned and low yielding in order to produce the highest quality product possible.

Our welcoming cellar door is situated on the northern edge of Penola, within walking distance of the town centre. Do drop in and catch up with the family patriarch, Chris, or his son Steven to try one the wines in our range. You might even meet Billy, the goat who was the inspiration for the original Cabernet Sauvignon!

Blood, sweat, tears and plenty of hard work have gone into what started as a dream many years ago.

Chris moved to Australia when he was only 3 years old. The country where if you work hard enough you can achieve anything! Both his father & grandfather were market gardeners and the family always had vines and made their own wine back in the old country.

For many years the Raidis family with Chris at the helm ran the Friday night Charcoal Grill in Coonawarra – a Greek tradition that the Coonawarra locals absolutely love! To this day the Charcoal Grill gets a work out, just not as often.

26 years ago he planted the vines that now go into “Billy” the Raidis signature Cabernet Sauvignon.

Steven, Chris’ son, planted the southern vineyard 12 years ago with the idea of a family wine label. This vineyard includes 6 acres of each – Cabernet Sauvignon, Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Riesling, Pinot Gris & Shiraz.

Chris was not surprised when Steven said he wanted to start producing wine. It is in his blood.

While a family wine label had always been the dream it wasnt until Emma (Steven's wife) came along that the cellar door was opened. Steven & Emma run Raidis Estate wines with the generous support (in all forms) from Chris & Fran.

Our family has a vision that Raidis Estate wines will be enjoyed by people from all walks of life with good food and good friends. The cellar door will incorporate this philosophy with a resurgence of the famous Coonawarra Charcoal Grill and Wood Oven opening for special occasions so that great food can be enjoyed alongside our quality wine.