There’s no shortage of cellar doors across South Australia but from July 29 to 31 it’s all about the red stuff.
More than 30 Adelaide Hills wineries will host special meals, family days and parties as part of the annual winter wine fest.
There’s a lot to choose from. To save you the hassle, we’ve picked the good stuff.
Michael Downer was awarded ‘Winemakers’ Choice’ two years in a row, most recently at the recent 2016 Young Guns of Wine Awards. His family’s vineyard in Oakbank hosts two events during Winter Reds. Saturday’s produce market (10am–5pm) serves farm-grown goods alongside craft wines, beer and cheese platters. The Sunday Farm Session (11am–6pm) is a collaboration with South African barbeque restaurant Africola. Their chef Duncan Welgemoed will be cooking with fire.
July 30 and 31, 260 Mappinga Road, Oakbank, free entry.
Howard Vineyard’s executive winemaker Tom Northcott is one to watch, but for one night only he’s sharing the limelight for this caliente evening. Spanish tapas and Italian grill will be cooked up by My Kitchen Rules’ winner Bree May. Open fires and live music add to the rustic atmosphere.
July 31, 10am–5pm, Lot 1, 53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne, $70.
After the opening of wine and pizza hangout Lost in a Forest, Uraidla is the place to be. This weekend, however, it’s all about the historic Uraidla Show Hall. Australian-Irish bush band The Wild Matildas provide the musical backdrop to a night of dancing. Refresh with Basket Range wines, Prancing Pony beers, and lasagne followed by tiramisu from the Owl and Elephant Cafe.
July 29, 7pm–10.30pm, Uraidla Show Hall, Swamp Road, Uraidla, $35/adult, $20/child.
Comida Catering Co is in charge of the paella at Deviation Road’s Sunday sesh. Think Spanish fare alongside booze and live acoustic tunes. Kick back and let the red wine flow.
July 31, 11am-5pm, 207 Scott Creek Road, Longwood, free entry.
Golding Wines hosts a Pinot noir-themed fireside feast boasting current and back vintage Francis John Pinot. The five-course meal is by La Dolce Vita head chef Rob Paglia. If you’d rather hang out for free, hit the winery on Saturday and Sunday (9.30am–5pm) for their Smokin’ Hot Winter Reds Weekend featuring wood-fired and spit-roast fodder and live music.
July 29, 7pm, 52 Western Branch Road, Lobethal, $90/Pinot Degustation.
Longview Vineyard’s afternoon bash is a mix of barbeque, blues and back-vintage reds. These guys know how to throw a party and the popularity of their events shows it, so book ahead.
July 31, 12pm–5pm, 154 Pound Road, Macclesfield, $65.
Chef Paul Baker will be on hand at Tapanappa Winery to dish up a four-course paddock-to-plate meal matched to Brian Croser’s single vineyard wines. Expect a few gems from the cellar, too.
July 30, 12.30pm–4.30pm, 15 Spring Gully Road, Piccadilly, $125.
Drink and learn at Scott & La Prova’s tasting event. Winemaker Sam Scott and industry educator Peter Dry lead the way through 12 wines, cheeses and charcuterie. Booking is essential.
July 31, 11.30am–1pm, 102 Main Street, Hahndorf (behind Rockbare Cellar Door), $65.
Ngeringa Vineyards has a new cellar door and cultural centre. Celebrate its opening on July 30 with biodynamic farm-grown produce, wood-fire eats, plenty of fire and live music. The free event is family friendly and the winery setting something special. On July 31 (12pm–3pm, $90/person) they also host Paddock to Plate, a biodynamic master class that matches eight wines to a three-course menu using produce grown on the farm.
July 30, 11am–5pm, 119 Williams Road, Mt Barker Summit, free.
Wicks Estate only opens its doors to the public on one day of the year. On July 31 visitors will be welcomed with open arms, warm fires, food, live music and wine. July 31, 11am–5pm, 29 Riverview Road, Woodside, free entry
Entry to all non-ticketed events is free. Designated drivers can collect a wristband at participating venues to receive a complimentary non-alcoholic beverage. Read the full program of events.