The well-heeled gentry of Adelaide will be escaping to the Adelaide Hills for a green patch of grass, a shady tree, a trickling stream and a glass of wine at the annual CRUSH festival next year.
Adelaide Hills Wine Region CEO Robin Shaw is inviting visitors to “Play it Cool” this summer, along with an expected crowd of over 15000 wine lovers and revellers.
"For the first time CRUSH will be a true three-day festival running from Friday January 23 to Australia Day on Monday 25," she said.
"With the absence of long weekend cricket, CRUSH will be ‘must attend’ summer event in January".
“We're an open minded bunch up here and our wines are vibrant and diverse. They're also cool and refreshing. We are famous for sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay and more recently Gruner Veltliner: all fresh, crisp white wines that are perfect for a summer's day out. Even our red wines such as Pinot and Shiraz are elegant, refined and are great when served slightly chilled."
While wine is its crowning jewel, CRUSH offers many other experiential embellishments to delight every taste and persuasion. Even those who don't know much about wine tasting, but know what they like can enjoy a variety of regional food, music and art as well as the glorious cooling sensation of the white, red or rose coloured stuff.
CRUSH is no stranger to Mexican Fiestas, Garden parties, Mad Hatters Balls, Street Art Spectacles, Argentinian Grills, Australia Day ‘True Blue’ winemakers lunches, Asian inspired champagne breakfasts nor 80s jazz parties. There is even rumour that an adult wine cocktail party will be in the mix.
General entry into most CRUSH events is free with complimentary non-alcoholic drinks for designated drivers. A special bus service will run to and from Adelaide on the Sunday (bookings required), with two shuttle bus loops travelling between venues throughout the day.
For a full program visit www.crushfestival.com.au
Images via David Evans on behalf of the Adelaide Hills CRUSH Festival.