Eleven bars, 11 wineries, one afternoon – and you don’t even need to get on a tour bus. The Urban Wine Walk is a self-guided walk-and-wine tour through the CBD, where, for one afternoon in October, punters can partake in tasting sessions at selected bars and pubs.
On Saturday October 6, ticket-holders pick up their event wristbands and glasses at a to-be-confirmed collection point and progress through a series of tastings at participating bars and pubs along the East End and Hutt Street. Each venue will have two to three options to try. “It’s a ‘choose your own adventure’-style format,” says organiser Josh Starick, director of Neighbourhood Events Co. He concedes not all visitors will work their way through the 11 bars. “The beauty of the day is that it’s self-guided. If you get to a place and you want to spend longer there, then you can,” he says.
Participating venues include Mr Goodbar, featuring drops from Freddy Nerks; Mother Vine, pouring Ministry of Clouds; NOLA, serving Hills label Main and Cherry; and Bar Torino, showcasing Sigurd Wines. Over on Rundle Street, Hellbound will sling Revolver Wines, BRKLYN will feature Chaffey Bros and The Stag Public House will be pouring Hither & Yon.
Starick says the trail shines a spotlight on local businesses and small-to-medium, and generally boutique, wineries from around SA. The wines have been chosen in consultation with the venues and align with what they typically sell.
The event runs from 12pm to 4.30pm – a timeslot when bars and pubs are relatively quiet. “We want to drive foot traffic and support businesses in the area," says Starick. "It’s a community focused, ‘support local’ type of event. We want the venues ... to all benefit from the exposure.”
It’s the third time the Urban Wine Walk has happened in Adelaide. The first was in September last year. The event has also proved popular in Perth, Sydney and Melbourne and is heading to Hobart and Auckland later this year.
The Urban Wine Walk Adelaide is on Saturday October 6, 12 to 4.30pm.