Our Top Picks For This Month’s Winter Reds Food & Wine Festival

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It’s Winter in Adelaide, which means our time is broken up between wondering if we should buy a snuggie and a new pair of Ugg boots, and roaming from fireplace to fireplace with red wine in hand. The latter is certainly the more glamorous option, and gives us the chance to support some amazing local businesses. At the end of July the Adelaide Hills play host to the annual Winter Reds festival, which gives us an entire WEEKEND of wine-ing, dining, and warming ourselves by the fire, so grab your mates, pack away your Uggs, and clear your diary.

Here’s some of our favourite picks from the festival, to give your social life a much needed Winter boost.

Tomich Wines – Let Them Drink Wine

Topping the bill is Tomich’s (not to be confused with the irascible tennis player) Marie-Antoinette inspired feast, set in the splendour of another era – in a castle dating 1928. Come for a sumptuous banquet dinner paired with wines, cocktails and even cake. Dare to be fabulously extravagant or lose your head! Oo la la. Dress code: French and magnifique. $155pp. Click here for booking details.

In the ‘Deep South’ of the Hills, Longview has been serving up low, slow, smoky BBQ for Winter Reds for years. They’re doing it again with soul and blues howling out of the speakers and museum reds flowing like the Mississippi. Seats limited. At $85pp there’s plenty to squeal over. For deliverance, click here.

Petaluma Wines – The Hot Spot

Welcome, my pets! Join Petaluma with Mangia Mangia from Andre’s Cucina Project keeping us fed with Italian street food. With live music to dance to, this will be a hot spot event, with or without petting. Chill out on the deck or join the marquee crowd. The fun starts here.

No need to gild the lily at Golding. The Barn will be the place to be as we beat the chills in the Hills and fire up the food and wine factor to delicious! Outdoor fire pit cooking, rustic hearty fare, live tunes and DJ sets, plus it’s family friendly. It’s all here.

Get cosy around the fire with Howard Vineyard Reds, Pirate Life Ales and delicious sticky chicken wings. Meet the makers and relax with live music. Fires burning Friday ’til 10pm and Saturday ’til 5pm. To head down Howards End click here.

Howard Vineyard – Smoke ‘N Oak

There’s no end to Howards End. Come and warm up with a delicious feast of long slow, smoked meats and premium Howard Vineyard wines. Four wines perfectly matched to a delicious feast. Talk wine with Tom and enjoy live music all evening. $110pp. Booking info.

Calling all Pinot lovers—discover the provenance of eight consecutive vintages of single vineyard, estate grown Pinot Noir matched to a candlelit four course dinner of South Australian produce around the open fire. Bookings essential, places limited. $165pp. Who knows, you may bump into someone. Find out more here.

With no snow on Mt Lofty again this year, join the Lane at their ‘Chalet bar’ for an extra dose of Apres Ski. Defrost around the open fire with hearty winter fare, mulled wine, marshmallows and live tunes. Warm up with a world-class wine experience in their Winery over a vertical flight of their favourite back vintage treasures. Gondola times here.

The Lane Vineyard – Baby It’s Cold Outside

The Lane’s signature long table lunch featuring three courses of soul warming food from Jimmy’s kitchen. A seasonal winter menu featuring the finest Adelaide Hills’ produce paired harmoniously with our 2017 release reds. $120pp. Bookings here

Come celebrate Christmas with Wicks in July. Certainly beats building a website with Wix. Step inside the warmth of the winery, enjoy Wicks wines matched with food from highly renowned Gouger St restaurant “Concubine” plus The Happy Leonards are back. One day only, arrive early they fill up fast! Bus bookings essential. More info here.

Paracombe – Spoilt

The only thing better than honeycomb. Let them spoil you. While you enjoy their incredible range of wines (and THAT VIEW!) you can also order food at the bar, including slow braised lamb Ragu, mashed potato, seasonal vegetables. succulent chicken breast, sweet potato mash, seared asparagus. vegetarian dahl, basmati rice, and minted chutney. Or treat yourself with some locally sourced apple and pear crumble. The Chocolate Somerville Experience is also worth checking out. Click here for the spoils.

The three day Winter Reds weekend from 27-29 July is jam-packed with options, and you can see the full program here. 

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