10, January 2023


McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association
P: +61 8 8323 8999
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Join the McLaren Vale Wine Region this month and experience SummerVines – a new festival celebrating McLaren Vale’s unique coastal locale and how it shapes the region’s light, bright contemporary wines, vibrant foodie culture, abundant natural produce, regional artisans, and welcoming culture.

McLAREN VALE, 10 January 2023 —The inaugural McLaren Vale SummerVines Festival kicks off next week and is set to wow visitors to the region with over 20 unique wine and food experiences across stunning locations. Nestled in the idyllic St Vincent Gulf, the region’s Mediterranean-style climate and landscape provides ideal growing conditions for a vast array of traditional and emerging grape and wine varieties that are perfectly suited to our summer coastal lifestyle. The region’s chefs, winemakers and artisans invite visitors to immerse themselves in McLaren Vale’s stunning coastal environment and enjoy its wines the way the makers do – in the sun, with good food, and in great company.

Proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, SummerVines launches Friday 20 January 2023, running in conjunction with the Santos Tour Down Under Men’s Stage 4 (21 January), through to Sunday 29 January. SummerVines experiences will celebrate McLaren Vale’s unique coastal location and the profound impact it has on the region - from the light, bright wines and culinary masterpieces crafted by the hands of talented and innovative artisans to the abundant natural produce and the region’s famous laid-back beachy lifestyle.

SummerVines will offer experiences which are as diverse as the region itself, covering not only food and wine, but the arts, nature, and indigenous heritage. Looking for laid-back summer afternoon vibes? Join Battle of Bosworth Wines for a round of croquet and ginscatos, or kick back at Angove’s, Clink at Tintara, Mollydooker, Patritti and Paxton’s with great food, wine, and tunes on the lawns. Relaxed evenings are sorted with the return of Fox Creek's outdoor cinema and Bec Hardy Wines’ Sunday twilight session.

SummerVines encapsulates the collaboration and convivial community spirit that is a hallmark of the McLaren Vale experience. At Red Poles restaurant guests will enjoy a sumptuous seven-course lunch bringing together the wines of Main & Cherry, Berg Herring, and Battle of Bosworth as well as Full Circle Spirits. Or experience the magic that happens when winemaking, brewing and distilling combine in a world-class wine region with McLaren Vale Distillery and Goodieson Brewery’s lavish ‘In Good Spirits’ dinners. For a neighbourhood experience with a four-legged difference, join Journey Home Wines for a Sunset Walking Donkey tour, dropping into cellar doors to enjoy a grazing dinner with paired wines.

See the region’s culinary masterpieces in a new light by joining d’Arenberg’s very own Chester Osborn for an immersive 10-course dinner at The Cube, sitting amongst the virtual vines in this immersive 360° experience. Or head to The General Wine Bar and Kitchen, home of Zonte’s Footstep Wines, for wine dinners with traditional Italian and Spanish flare. For an upscale take on summer favourite fish and chips, join Pannell Enoteca and Angler Stirling for the ultimate inter-regional crossover, or discover your new favourite pairing - wine and dumplings - at Lloyd Brothers collab with Walkerville’s Sookii La La.

Taste wines alongside the vines that produce them when you hitch a ride on ‘Ollie’ the golf buggy for a terroir tour through Oliver’s Taranga, or enjoy a picnic in Hardy’s mini Tintara vineyard. Observe the environment around you through a cultural lens on the Wudli Twilight Cultural Experience with Gemtree Wines and Ngarrindjeri elder Mark Koolmatrie. Be transported back to a time of radio drama with a cabaret-style evening of food, wine, and theatre at Chapel Hill, make your own signature gin at the Vale Taphouse, or have exclusive behind-the-scenes tasting experiences at Maxwell’s and Varney Wines.

Come explore SummerVines and experience how McLaren Vale, one of the country’s great and oldest names in wine, is leading the new face of Australian wine and regional tourism – fresh, innovative, welcoming, and sustainable.


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