A+ Australian Wine Celebration Kicks Off In South Australia

Australia’s greatest ever wine celebration kicks off nationwide in April 2012, with close to 100 events taking place across the nation, celebrating the diversity and excellence of our local offerings.

Being the country’s largest wine producing state, South Australia does not miss out on the inaugural celebration with 27 events planned across the state from 12 to 29 April 2012.

The A+ Australian Wine Celebration is set to include an exciting collection of wine, food and music festivals, meet the winemaker opportunities, gourmet dining events and exclusive tasting opportunities.

During the 17-day celebration, wine lovers across this great state will be able to enjoy award-winning wine, spectacular local produce and fabulous entertainment at tastings, parties and wine love-fests everywhere from Yalumba’s own cooperage to an ‘after dark’ tour of Coonawarra wineries during vintage and a twilight tasting in the ‘Piazza delle Vale’ with the Vale Cru, a group of small batch quality winemakers.

Wine Australia’s Regional Director, Aaron Brasher said it was a unique occasion for all Australians to discover more about this country’s wine – its diversity, dynamism and total deliciousness.

“We are thrilled with the extraordinary array events from wineries across SA and it’s great to see the industry getting together with wine lovers to celebrate the state’s great produce at their local winery.

“For two-and-a-half weeks, Australians can celebrate the most diverse, dynamic and exciting wine producing nation in the world as Australian wine flows across our capital cities and many of our most beautiful regional communities,” Brasher added.

Just a few of the local events include:

12 – 29 April:

Yalumba wines are featuring the art of cooperage for the entire celebration. Yalumba will offer insights, tours and demonstrations at their on-site cooperage in which the best oak is meticulously crafted into barrels to make their award-winning wines.

13 – 14 April:

Visitors are invited to experience the thrills, excitement and lights of vintage as Coonawarra wineries open their doors ‘after dark’ at the peak of the grape harvest. This is the chance to see, hear, touch, learn and celebrate all the hard work and passion that goes into a great Coonawarra wine.

Sunday, 15 April:

Join the winemakers of the Vale Cru, a group of quality small batch winemakers for a twilight tasting in the ‘Piazza delle Vale’ in McLaren Vale. $10 entry includes tastings.

Sunday, 15 April:

Join the Limestone Coast Food Group for market day at Cape Jaffa Wines in Mount Benson and enjoy wine tastings and sales, picnic food for the whole family and tours of the vineyards all-day long.

Saturday, 21 April:

For an insight into the wonderful world of winemaking, buy a $20 backstage pass to the award-winning Chapel Hill winery. The pass will give you an insight into the winemaking process including a selected pre-bottling tastings. Tours start from 11am – 1pm.

For more exciting events check out and follow the prompts to SA events.

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