A Guide To Our Top Mother’s Day Tasting Australia Gift Ideas

Does your mum have a taste for fine foods and know her Merlot from her Chardonnay? Then ditch the flowers and scented lotions this year as we’ve got the perfect Mother’s Day gift ideas for you.

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If your mum loves the odd glass of wine or 3 and great food – or even if she’d just enjoy standing around by the fire with a great beer, catching up with you – Tasting Australia really has something for everyone this year and we’ve pull together our top Mother’s Day Tasting Australia gift ideas.

With Adelaide now considered as a world-class wine region, Tasting Australia has emerged as a chance for our little city to show off what we’ve got – some of the best wineries, bars, restaurants and chefs. We know your mum will appreciate the chance to join foodies and wineos from across the globe to immerse in our culinary culture.

The annual event is based in Victoria Square in the city, where various tastings, masterclass sessions and events are held.

Here are our top picks:

Sunday April 30th

What: Eat Ediacara – Degustation Inspired from the Ancient Seafloor
For a taste of the sea, you can’t go past this six-course seafood spread. Dine amongst displays of art and unique jewellery inspired by Ediacara Fossil site on Nilpena Station. Served up by Guest chef, Hardy Weyrauch, the degustation showcases seafood from the West Coast of the Eyre Peninsula – surely a night Seafood loving mums shouldn’t miss!

Where: The Prairie on O’Connell, North Adelaide
How much: $85

What: East End Cellars Masterclass: Bespoke Gin Blending
Now we know gin is historically referred to as ‘Mother’s Ruin’, but that doesn’t mean your mum won’t love an afternoon of gin tasting, especially when she can make her own blend. At this Masterclass, you’ll be tasting, smelling, blending and learning all there is to know about Australian gin, and the best thing is you get to take home your own 200ml bottle – it’s like the gift that keeps on giving!

Where: Glasshouse Tasting Room, Victoria Square
How much: $100

Monday May 1st

What: The Gluten Free Way with Sabine De Vuono
Gluten-free mothers are not left out at Tasting Australia, as Italian-trained chef, Sabine Du Vuono, offers specialist cooking classes demonstrating how to still eat like a queen, the gluten-free way.

Where: Just Gluten Free, Richmond
How much: $95

Tuesday May 2nd

What: East End Cellars Masterclass: The Glory of Grenache
Introduce your mum to Grenache for something a bit different. Said to be the underdog of wine varieties or Pinot Noir’s lesser known little brother, Grenache has it’s own unique qualities, which will be advocated by top Winemakers and writers on the night. Most importantly, there will be cheese!

Where: Charred Tasting Room, Victoria Square
How much: $75

Wednesday May 3rd

What: East End Masterclass: Understand Pet Nat – A Unique Wine Style
Pét-Nat, or Pétillant Naturel for those who are as unfamiliar as us, is a sparkling wine made from ancient worldy techniques, so you just know it’s got to be good. You’ll have the opportunity to taste a range of this rare wine – the fizzy, cloudy sparkling is sure to be a hit with the mums.

Where: Glasshouse Tasting Room, Victoria Square
How much: $40

What: Experience Chocolate
What mum doesn’t love, and more importantly deserve, chocolate? Take a drive up to the beautiful Adelaide Hills to immerse in the wonder of chocolate creation. You’ll watch in delight as Marcus Booth-Remmers, founder of Red Cacao, demonstrates all there is to know about everyone’s favourite treat and taste a piece from each region.

Where: Red Cacao Chocolatier, Stirling
How much: $55

Thursday May 4th

What: Taste the Market Dinner
Take mum out to dinner, but not just any dinner. This four-course feast serves artisan food on a long table seated with market folk, who are more than happy to share their knowledge of the best market produce around.

Where: Adelaide Farmers Market, Adelaide Showgrounds, Wayville
How much: $75

What: East End Masterclass: Australian Pinot Noir
You can’t go wrong with a fine glass of Pinot Noir, and this Masterclass offers the chance to sample a dozen of the flavoursome Reds from Victoria, Tasmania and SA. They’ll be paired with three local cheeses to top off the experience.

Where: Charred Tasting Room, Victoria Square
How much: $120

Friday May 5th

What: SA Grand High Tea
Make your mum feel like royalty with a ticket to high tea at Glenelg’s Stamford Grand. Set amongst stunning beachfront views, you’ll be treated to scones, savouries and sweets all locally sourced, with a glass of sparkling to celebrate.

Where: Promenade Restaurant
How much: $40

Saturday May 6th

What: Tasting the Mount Pleasant Farmers Market
Experience market stalls come to the table with this four-course dining experience. You’ll be treated to wine, hors d’oeuvres, main, dessert, cheeses and greens, and even chocolate and coffee. This is the kind of fresh-food experience foodie mums will adore.

Where: Mount Pleasant Showgrounds
How much: $55

What: East End Cellars Masterclass: the King and Queen of Riesling
For a little taste of Germany, book in for the King and Queen of Riesling Masterclass. A local German bottle features alongside our locals as the guest Riesling in this stellar line up of Riesling royalty. Take your mum to sample these top wines accompanied with assorted cheeses.

Where: Charred Tasting Room, Victoria Square
How Much: $75

Sunday May 7th

What: Filthiest Martini – South Australia Producer Session
A take on the classic Martini, the Dirty Martini is a delightful cocktail infused with salty olive juice for an extra kick, and is the star of this Producer Session. There’s an opportunity to meet and learn from the best in the cocktail business and mum can even take home a mini martini making kit at the end.

Where: Adina Apartment Hotel Adelaide Treasury, Adelaide
How much: $50

Tasting Australia has plenty of free events you can check out too. Instead, pick up some of the local produce featured in the above events from the Urban Pantry and Cellar Door in Rundle Mall, and maybe even cook mum a banquet yourself. Learn about the history of wine at Langorne Creek Wine: an ImPRESSion and even get a free tasting or meet some of Australia’s superstar chefs at Charred in Victoria Square. You can check out more free events here.

If you’re feeling extra loving and why not go the extra step and book an overnight stay at the Hilton Adelaide with mum. It’s a short stumble back to your room when you’ve hit the food coma.

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