They stared when we came out to plant the vines… 'Grazing country', said the locals, 'only some loony from the city would plant vines there.' In 1975, Coonawarra had grown grapes for a century, but Koppamurra’s was only the second vineyard to establish just to the north of Coonawarra, at a little place called Joanna in the region now known as Wrattonbully. More than thirty years later, Wrattonbully is recognised as a premier wine-growing area, with almost as many vines as its better known neighbour – certainly an accolade to John Greenshields, who planted Koppamurra’s vineyard there.
Koppamurra bought a very pretty property at Norton Summit in the Adelaide Hills – where it had some very successful years.  However, wine partnerships, like other human relationships, move on. In 2006 the partners decided that their various interests would be best served by splitting the partnership. Two partners took the Norton Summit property and the winemaking facility, two partners took the Koppamurra name, business and stock.
In 1991, new partners came into the business and a new focus on marketing direct to the customers – not so unusual now, but fairly new at the time. The direct marketing concept has served Koppamurra well ever since. 
We now purchase fruit from premium vineyards in several SA regions - At present, Riesling from Watervale, Clare;  Shiraz, Grenache, GSM, Rose from McLaren Vale; Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay from Adelaide Hills; Touriga Nacional from the Barossa; Shiraz from Padthaway and Cabernet Sauvignon from Coonawarra.
In 2006, we wrote ‘the times are not easy for small winemakers, but... we are still in business’  – in 2024, the times are still uneasy and... we are still in business. Koppamurra will keep on making affordable wine of quality and interest and with a degree of difference as it has done for over 40 years
Whilst during his studies he worked for Koppamurra, assisting with all winemaking processes, from vintages 2000-2008, he also sought to gain further winemaking experience at Step Rd, Hardy’s Tintara, Scarpantoni Wines and Haselgrove Wines.
He then led to gain further experience by completing a vintage at La Crema Winery in California, where he was on the international winemaking team for a 5,500 tonne crush in 2008.
Following partnership changes at Koppamurra, Damian was named winemaker in 2008. So, for over 15 years he has made a significant contribution to both the direction and quality of our wines, he selects fruit from premium vineyards in SA and handles the full winemaking process through to bottling. His family have bottled our wines for over 40 years. 
Utilising the wide range of skills and techniques acquired over the past 15+ years, we have now begun to see much award and acclaim from our wines, with Gold Medals at the Royal Adelaide Show, Royal Melbourne Show, Winewise Magazine National Show, Small Winemakers National Show and International Riesling Challenge over a number of years.

Koppamurra will keep on providing wine from ‘the grape to your doorstep’ 
with old fashioned personal service

We conduct tastings in Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide
bookings are required 

Koppamurra Wines, 34 Unley Road, Unley 5061
08 8357 9533