The General Wine Bar & Kitchen Launches In McLaren Vale


Two of South Australia’s leading and popular wine buffs are celebrating the best of food and wine with a new style of restaurant in McLaren Vale, The General Wine Bar & Kitchen.

Big hearted Mr. Riggs winemaker, Ben Riggs has paired up with vigneron and co-owner of Zonte’s Footsteps, Brad Rey to bring a new and authentic wine and food offering to the Fleurieu. The General Wine Bar & Kitchen is unique to South Australia combining a wine bar, open kitchen and cellar door experience.

Nestled in McLaren Flat in a 100-year-old former general store and the heart of the local community, the pair deliver a simple proposition – come try our wines, relax and let us feed you.

Chef Sommariva, formerly at the Kitchen Door restaurant, Fino’s Willunga and the Salopian, creates a daily set menu using the best local produce, with a choice of two or three courses. In the open kitchen, Ben and Brad pick the perfect wine pairings to match the Chef’s latest offerings, creating bespoke wine and food experiences every day.

As if visiting their home, the food coming out of the kitchen is authentic and made with passion. Diners can choose to sit looking out over the vineyards, or at what they call “the pass” sitting up at the kitchen bench, a coveted experience in international restaurants.

Ben said: “I love being in the kitchen. It’s the heart of a home, and the best place for a glass of wine. For us, The General Wine Bar and Kitchen is about creating a special place for visitors, friends and family to come together for great wine and food.”

Unpretentious, The General Wine Bar & Kitchen houses both wine labels, Mr. Riggs and Zonte’s Footstep as a cellar door experience where you don’t want to leave. Unique wine flights are on offer with premium wines carefully matched with local produce to bring out the best in both wine and food.

Leaders in the wine industry, Ben and Brad are a dynamic duo.

Brad says “We are part of the McLaren Vale, and it is a big part of us. I’m known as the crazy Canadian, and he’s the flying winemaker. We love working together as we both bring something different to the table.”

Known for his love of Shiraz, Ben’s wines have taken out 44 trophies and titles over the years. Twice nominated for Gourmet Traveller’s Winemaker of the year in 2005 and 2013, Ben is devoted to shaping and creating the perfect drop.

The ultimate food and wine experience, The General is open 7 days for wine tastings from 10-5pm with wine flights from $25. The Kitchen is open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday 12 – 3pm offering two courses for $55. On Fridays The General is the place to be from 4.30pm till late for after work drinks, pintxos and dinner.

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