Wynns Coonawarra 100-Years Young

Last month saw the 100th anniversary of Samuel Wynn’s arrival in Australia, on November 12, 1913. He and his wife Eva arrived in Melbourne from Poland, his original name being Shlomo Weintraub. He adopted the name Samuel Wynn because it was easier.

He would have known the name Weintraub is German for a bunch of wine grapes, but he may not have realized at the time that Wynn is an old English word meaning wine. Both great omens, as Wynn soon entered the wine business, opening a shop in Melbourne’s Bourke Street in 1918, and with his son David, buying John Riddoch’s old winery which became Wynns Coonawarra Estate (tastings) in 1951.

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