John Riddoch must have been quite the visionary. Arriving in Australia from Scotland in 1852 as a spirited 23 year old, he quickly struck gold (literally) and began investing; first in gold, then land, then sheep and cattle. In the midst of establishing a dairying industry and butter factory during the 1860’s, Riddoch also established the Penola Fruit Colony and identified the exceptional quality of fruit grown in the orchard with the unique terra rossa soil. Aside from being a parliamentarian, local councilor and father of ten children, Riddoch is widely recognised as the forefather of Coonawarra’s wine industry.

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