A slimmed down Crush Festival will hit the Hills this weekend to celebrate the region’s cool-climate drops. Several wineries have cancelled their events due to the extreme heat forecast, but there’s still plenty on offer. This year’s line-up boasts a dizzying schedule of beach parties, picnics, twilight degustations and long lunches – plus frosé, a slip’n’slide, paddling pools and misting tents to keep you cool. We’ve handpicked the best of the bunch for you.
Hidden Treasures dinner at Ngeringa
Chef Shannon Fleming (ex-Orana, Blackwood) will build a five-course menu from hand-grown and foraged produce at the biodynamic Ngeringa winery. The twilight dinner party will showcase food with inspiration from fire, smoke, ferment, pickle and char – with native gems plucked straight from the Australian landscape. Think Coorong mulloway with coastal succulents; charred kangaroo with native cherries; homegrown pickled vegetables; and roasted apricots with local-bee honey. Booking is essential. Tickets are $110 per person.
Saturday January 27, 6.30pm for a 7pm start.
119 Williams Road, Mount Barker Summit
(08) 8398 2867
Australia Day Long Lunch – The Lane Vineyard
Ditch the backyard barbeque for a leisurely lunch on the deck at Hahndorf’s The Lane Vineyard. Chef James Brinklow and special guest Duncan Welgemoed (Africola) will champion SA produce in a six-course feast paired with estate wines for $150 per person. Call to book a spot for lunch, or enjoy a free session of rosé and croquet all weekend – settle in with a frosé in hand, lush lawn underfoot and acoustic music all afternoon.
Lunch is Friday January 26, 12pm for a 12.30pm start.
Rosé and Croquet is on Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28, 10am to 4.30pm.
5 Ravenswood Lane, Hahndorf
(08) 8388 1250
Vintage Twilight Dinner – Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard
Like fashion, food trends come full circle. Kiss quinoa and kale goodbye – Mt Lofty Ranges Vineyard chef Adam Bowden is re-creating eight classic courses from his days at The Ritz hotel in London. It’s a deliciously retro menu featuring prawn cocktail; coronation chicken; SA fish with champagne sauce; and mille feuille and petit four for dessert. There will also be an old-fashioned cocktail bar and golden-oldie live tunes. Booking is essential. Tickets are $195 per person. For a low-key option, the restaurant will serve a lazy lunch each day of the long weekend at $60 per person for two courses.
Saturday January 27 6.30 to 10.30pm.
166 Harris Road, Lenswood
(08) 8389 8339
Burgers and Beats, Bird in Hand
If a six-course degustation isn’t your thing, head to Bird in Hand for boozy burgers and fries on the lawn. There are options for vegetarians and meat lovers alike. A selection of the winery’s award-winning drops will be available for purchase, too. DJ Madness will bring the beats, and you can stay cool under misting tents.
Saturday January 27 and Sunday January 28, 11am to 5pm.
Pfeiffer Road, Woodside
(08) 8389 9488
The North Shore Beach Party in the Hills – Glen Ewin Estate
Scorching Adelaide weather calls for a beach party, somewhat surprisingly, in the manicured garden of Glen Ewin Estate. The Houghton winery will become an island paradise this weekend with sandy shores and a slip’n’slide, grape-crushing, live music and DJs. On the menu is fish and chips; salad; fruit; and champagne or gin ice-blocks. For true decadence, the serviced spa package includes a private paddling pool and antipasto, oysters and matching wines. Booking is recommended: tickets are $5 per person for kids and $15 per person for adults. The VIP spa package is $480 for up to six people.
Sunday January 28, 12pm to 7pm.
43 Lower Hermitage Road, Houghton
(08) 8380 5657
Rosé. Repeat – Howard Vineyard
The luscious green vineyard will transform into a sea of pink as Howard celebrates its new and award-winning rosé. Guests are encouraged to dress in pink and white as they sip a glass of the salmon-hued drop. Chef Heather Day will dish up salt-and-pepper squid; eggplant gao bao; pork belly bahn mi; and haloumi salad. Plus, you can catch the first glimpse of brand new, pretty-in-pink artwork by local muralist Jack Fran. Tickets are $10 per person. Pre-book or purchase on the day.
Saturday January 27, 10am to 5pm.
53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne
(08) 8188 0203
Shakespeare in the Vines, Deviation Road
Catch an intimate performance of Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night as you savour a drop in the native wine garden at Deviation Road. Bring your own snacks or purchase a picnic hamper of locally curated goods, with wine and beer available for purchase. Tickets are $30 to $45 per person.
Friday January 26, 6pm for a 7pm start.
207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood
(08) 8339 2633
Penfolds Crush: Breakfast on the Terrace, Penfolds Winery
Don’t want to stray too far? Start your day in the foothills at Adelaide’s premier suburban winery, on the terrace of Magill Estate kitchen. Enjoy breakfast canapés with Penfolds wines set to the soundtrack of DJ Driller’s soulful tunes. Free entry. Food and wine starts at $10.
Saturday January 27, 9am to 11am.
78 Penfold Road, Magill
(08) 8301 5943
Entry to all non-ticketed events is free. An official souvenir Spiegelau wine glass can be purchased for $10. Designated drivers can collect a wristband at participating Crush venues and receive a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. A bus service will run to and from Adelaide and a shuttle bus will travel between venues during the day. More information on transport options here.
Please refer to individual wineries for alerts in case of further cancellations.