Cellar Door Fest is being held again this year at the Adelaide Convention centre from the 24th to 26th February. It will showcase nearly two-hundred local producers from South Australia's fifteen greatest regions over the weekend. Even greater is that tickets can be purchased for as low as $25, which covers all your tastings within the venue - how crazy good is that!
There'll be cheeses and chocolates to sample too, because as any wine lover knows, a bottle of wine can't be had without a sweet or savoury platter of goodness. The Cellar Door Fest is the largest of its kind Australia wide, and nearly 12,000 people are expected to attend over the duration of the weekend.
Without being 'wine wanky', we've previewed some of what the festival is going to offer; rest assured you're in for a treat!
Lost Buoy Wines
Situated on the limestone cliffs of Port Willunga in the McLaren Vale wine region, Lost Buoy Wines have an incredible range. In fact, their rosé has been so popular, it's sold out!
For the white winos, Lost Buoy's Sauvignon Blanc is really easy drinking. Clean, vibrant and fresh, it goes well with seafood, and purposefully lacks the tart aftertaste that a lot of Sauvs have. Their Fiano line, which was first released in 2016, has a velvety texture on the palate and lies in between a Riesling and a Chardonnay.
However, the real highlight from Lost Buoy Wines was their Grenache. I am by no means a red wine drinker, but I could easily down a bottle of this on a Friday night with a big bowl of carbonara. Grenache, the introductory wine to red, was followed by the Shiraz. Because of the winery's unique location against a limestone coast, the Shiraz in particular had some obvious salty flavours, which, like a good salted caramel, went down a treat!
Beach Road Winery
Debuting for the first time at 2017's Cellar Door Fest, Beach Road Winery is a pitstop for the festival's serious wine drinkers - which, of course, we're assuming is everyone. Beach Road's winemaker Briony Hoare started winemaking out of a garage, and now has a scenic restaurant and winery in McLaren Vale - talk about success story!
We were lucky enough to be able to sample their 'Late Long Lunch' that is still available for purchase at the Cellar Door Fest for an absolute bargain at $55 per person. The food is all as locally sourced as possible, with the exception of the gorgonzola - for authenticity, has to come from Italy. However, the platter's real highlight was the Smoked Coorong Mullet, which was about as close to tasting heaven as you can get. The wines were all carefully selected so as to match the food. Two wines that are definitely worth a taste this weekend are the rosé, nicknamed the 'Uma Thurman from Kill Bill' for it's full flavour, and the Aglianico red wine.
Vigna Bottin Wines
The final winery on our tour was Vigna Bottin Wines, who are second-generation Italian wine makers and merchants. The family has been growing grapes since 1970, and the winery was established locally in McLaren Vale in 2004. Inspired by their Italian heritage, Vigna Bottin uses indulgent Italian methods of wine making to make beautifully rich, full-bodied wines, perfect for socialising in summer, or warming up in winter.
Their line of Fiano won the gold award at the 2016 McLaren Vale Wine Show, so is definitely worth a taste at Cellar Door Fest. If white wine isn't your go-to-goon, then Vigna Bottin's newest edition to their range of wines - the Australian-Italian Shiraz - is sure to appeal to you.
The winery will also be running an exclusive incentive at Cellar Door Fest that you should take full advantage of. When you purchase a six pack of wine or more, you will go directly into the running to win a romantic Italian dinner for two, so be sure to pay the Vigna Bottin stall a visit this weekend!
Independently owned Goodieson Brewery will be bringing a different flavour to the Cellar Door Fest. The family run company has been brewing beer for the past seven years, after spending an extensive amount of time in Austria and Germany. With a loyal customer basis, Goodieson Brewery offers nine different crisp, fresh beers that can definitely compete in flavour with the likes of Corona or Heineken.
If you're a non-beer drinker, like myself, their specialty raspberry infused ale is still worth a try. Definitely more of a 'ladies liquor', the raspberry flavoured beer is a must try this week. It'll no doubt win you over, and you'll probably end up purchasing a six pack of it to take home!
You can purchase your tickets for Cellar Door Fest here, or at the door on the day. It offers a unique experience to meet local winemakers and brewers, and to support local businesses. Wine tasting in the convenience of the city, you'd be crazy not to take advantage of it.
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