Grenache & Gourmet – Celebrating McLaren Vale’s Secret Weapon
McLaren Vale’s inaugural Grenache & Gourmet kicked off this
September and the region is invited guests from near and far to the Australian home of Grenache to
celebrate in its favourite way – with a sumptuous meal and a glass of world-class wine.
The two week-long celebration of the region’s world-class Grenache and Grenache-blends, as well as its
multitude of exceptional wine, food, and tourism experiences, launched on 16 September - International
Grenache Day - and ran through to the Labour Day Long Weekend (1-3 October).
McLaren Vale has a long and rich history of Grenache and is home to some of the oldest vines in the country.
This, combined with the region’s unique geology, idyllic Mediterranean climate and hotbed of awarded
producers crafting exciting modern wines means McLaren Vale is fast becoming known as one of the world’s
leading Grenache regions and the epicentre of new and emerging varieties and wine styles.
The region’s acclaimed Grenache wines were expertly matched to premium Fleurieu produce through
personalised dining experiences at Chalk Hill Wines, the Currant Shed, The General Wine Bar, Heidrun
Estate, Horta’s, Oliver's Taranga, The Victory Hotel and Victor’s Place.
Join d’Arenberg’s very own Chester Osborn in two bespoke dining experiences or enjoy a neighbourhood
experience as four of the region’s boutique wineries – Bondar, Lino Ramble, Samson Tall and Sherrah Wines
- join forces at Red Poles Restaurant for a series of matched wine luncheons.
Grenache & Gourmet offers the opportunity to learn how light, bright, juicy McLaren Vale Grenache pairs
perfectly with diverse cuisines and flavours. To experience Grenache matched to locally handcrafted cured
meats, join ‘The Charcutier & The Winemaker’ at Kay Brothers Wines. Or join Angove’s in exploring the
delectable marriage of Grenache and Duck not one, but six ways!
Prefer Grenache matched to a delicious chocolate platter? Indulge at Wirra Wirra. Or a gourmet Aussie beef
pie? Pop into The Kitchen at Bec Hardy. With fresh Coffin Bay oysters? Try Nick Haslegrove Wines. To learn
how Grenache pairs with native foods, check out Gemtree. Or join Callum Hann as he matches Grenache to
his signature lamb ragu at Lloyd Brothers.
Grenache & Gourmet also gives guests the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to experience tastings of rare and
exclusive wines – including reserve and museum Grenache and blends - guided by the winemakers and
vignerons at Hardy’s, Haselgrove, Penny’s Hill, Pannell Enoteca, Serafino, Silversands Beach Club,
Shottesbrooke, Woodstock and Yangarra.
To get out amongst the vines, guests we Paxton Wines in a Grenache journey from ‘Vineyard to Barrel, Blending to
Bottle’, a guided tour and tasting through their organic and biodynamic vineyards and winery, or join a guided
donkey tour through the vineyards with Journey Home Wines.
And at the end of the week, relax at Friday night Grenache happy hours at Hither & Yon and Penny’s Hill.
The celebration encompassed over 35 diverse and exciting Grenache-themed experiences, allowing all the opportunity to learn why James Halliday calls Grenache “McLaren Vale’s secret weapon”.