Winter, while grey and dreary, is the perfect excuse to treat yourself to a glass (or three) of South Australia’s premium red wines. Luckily for the city dwellers amongst us, one of the state’s leading regions, The Adelaide Hills, is only a short trip from the CBD. If you ask us, curling up by a crackling fire with a generous glass of sumptuous red sounds like the perfect way to spend a winter weekend.
Showcasing the best of the stunning Adelaide Hills, Winter Reds Festival returns in 2017 to fire up winter souls across the city. Offering an array of lavish events across 30 wineries, there’s no excuse for an empty glass as the festival shines a light on The Hill’s abundance of glorious red wines.
To help you get the most out of the weekend (and your wine glass,) we’ve selected our go-to picks from this year’s Winter Reds program, happy slurping!
O’Leary Walker Wines
Hosting two events across the weekend, O’Leary Walker Wines are celebrating all things winter and wine related. In an afternoon of cosy ambience, toasty fires and an abundance of cheese and grazing platters, enjoy premium Hills produce at the Saturday tasting event. Kick it up a notch on Sunday as live entertainment by Pulse and Adelaide Woodfired Pizza take to the Oakbank cellar door. Slip into your warmest attire (beanies encouraged) and make the most of the stunning historic scenery in an afternoon of wintry celebration.
Bookings are recommended for the Sunday event and vegan options are available. To enquire, ring the winery from Mon-Fri on 08 8388 4263.
WHERE? 18 Oakwood Road, Oakbank
WHEN? SAT 29 JULY 2017: 11.00–16.00 / SUN 30 JULY 2017: 11.00–17.00
TICKETS? call (08) 8388 4263 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Hill Country – BBQ & Blues
Dubbed the must-see event of the Winter Reds calendar, BBQ & Blues will once again take over Longview Vineyard in 2017. Selling out annually since the event’s inception, BBQ & Blues will see the smoker return to Longview for an afternoon of slow-cooked barbeque. Blues for the boogie, BBQ for the tastebuds and a range of their finest reds for the soul, this is a feel good winter event not to be missed. Enjoy a three tiered menu including roaming starts, mouth watering mains and delectable desserts.
Tickets are limited and sure to sell out, so get in quick to secure your place.
WHERE? Longview Vineyard, 154 Pound Road, Macclesfield
WHEN? SUN 30 JULY 2017: 12.00 – 17.00
TICKETS: $75 + bf – available here.
Sidewood Winter Reds Wine Battle Degustation
After a victorious and sell-out inaugural event in 2016, the Sidewood Winter Reds Wine Battle Degustation returns this year with bigger and better things in its sights. After taking on (and beating) the French in last year’s battle, the ambitious Sidewood team are taking on the world. Guided by Head Winemaker, Daryyl Catlin, enjoy a five course dinner by Maximilian’s Head Chef, Jamie Laing paired with an array of stunning Sidewood pours and top secret international equivalents. You’ll be the judge as the wines go head to head in a battle of the reds.
Tickets are $150 or enjoy a discounted rate for Sidewood Members. Please note your membership status when booking online or over the phone.
WHERE? Maximilians / Sidewood Cellar Door, 15 Onkaparinga Valley Road, Verdun
WHEN? SAT 29 JULY 2017: 19.00 – 22.00
TICKETS? $150 – available here.
Udderly Delightful Cheese & Wine Masterclass
Cheese and red wine, the perfect duo and a match made in wintry heaven, will join forces in a unique Winter Reds masterclass. Fire up the fondue and top up your class as Udder Delights host a day of delicious artesian cheeses paired with delightful wines direct from the Henschke Lenswood vineyard. Inspired by the Henschke and Udder Delights first meeting over wine and cheese, it is guaranteed to be a intimate and cosy evening to fire up the soul.
Tickets include a masterclass, Udder Delights cheese and a bottle of Prue’s Verjus to take home. Bookings are essential, call 08 8388 1588 for all enquiries.
WHERE? Udder Delights, 91A Main Street, Hahndorf
WHEN? SUN 30 JULY 2017: 11.00–16.30
TICKETS? $95 – call (08) 8388 1588