Navigate The Hills With Our “Best Of The Winter Reds” Guide

This month wine enthusiasts will be traversing the rolling Adelaide Hills in search of the perfect drop. We’ve got the best guide to get to know the locals!


It’s upon us. The Winters Reds Weekend is heading our way on the 28th – 30th of July. The Adelaide Hills is made for winter; the country side comes alive as the rain turns everything in its path green and picturesque, so it’s the perfect location to wine. There are over 30 wineries to explore and indulge in, each with unique experiences to choose from. 

Don’t be one of those people who reads this guide and thinks “oh, that’s plenty of time away.” Just don’t. Those people are the worst, especially considering that there are some events already booked out. Because in case you haven’t heard, wine is popular (no, it’s not just you that appreciates it, what a shocker).

Now, all wine events are equal, but some events are more equal than others, if you catch our drift. Here are our must see events over the weekend:

Bird in Hand – Birds in the Gallery
Saturday 29 July, 12 – 5pm
This iconic SA winery will be holding a wine degustation on Saturday – it’s the ultimate birds tasting menu. Check out what’s in store here. This is $165pp including complementing wines.

Alternatively, there’s the asado. A more casual offering taking place at Bird In Hand right throughout the weekend featuring a traditional Chilean BBQ and plenty of vino.

Henschke at Udder Delights – Fire Your Fondue
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30, 9am – 5pm
Take a friend and spurge in a bubbling molten cheesy lava with dipping morsels. Options will include locally produced smoked bratwurst, cornichons, balsamic picked onions, seasonal fruit and warm ciabatta. Delicious! All of this served with a crimson glass of 2014 Henschke Giles Pinot Noir.
Cost: $39 per person

Longview Vineyard – Hill Country – BBQ and Blues
Sunday 30 July, 12pm
This event is a sell-out every year (so you know it’s good). They have a combination of US-style slow-cooked BBQ, museum reds, open fires and fiery lives Blues for the entire afternoon. Your ticket includes an Adelaide Hills festival wine glass and your first pour.
Cost: $95 per person

Mount Lofty House – Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant and Friends
Saturday 29 July, from 12pm
Once again, the fire is hot, hot, hot at Mount Lofty House. Their chefs and sommelier have worked in collaboration with Tapanappa, Eldersisle and Howard Vineyard to bring you the ultimate six course lunch, with matching wines.
Cost: $149 per person (totally worth it!)

Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard – Pinot in the Dark
Friday 28 June and Saturday 29 June 2017, 6:30pm – 10:30pm
Calling all the Pinot lovers! You’re invited to cosy up around the log fire and discover the provenance of eight consecutive vintages of single vineyard, estate grown Pinot Noir, which will be matched to a four course dinner of local produce. Always a standout during the Winter Reds and tickets are limited, so secure your tickets now!
Cost: $145 per person

Paracombe – Guilty Pleasures: Comfort Food and Wine
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 12:00pm – 4:30pm
Treat yourself to some of Paracombe’s delicious, locally sourced produce. Their menu includes slow braised ossobuco, mild chicken korma with basmati rice, minted yoghurt and pappadums. You can also indulge your sweet tooth with The Chocolate Somerville experience, with hot apple crumble for sweets. Our mouths are drooling just thinking about it!

Petaluma – Winter Reds and Smoke House Blues
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 11am – 4pm
Indulge yourself in this winter warming feast from Auburn Smoke House, with plates of slow cooked cuisine. Tickets start from $10, so you can cater to your own experience. So come along and enjoy calming blues music and a gorgeous view.
Cost: starting from $10 per person

The Lane Vineyard – Aprés-Ski
Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 July, 10am – 5pm
Defrost from the winter chills with hearty winter fare, mulled wine and DJ tunes. Immerse yourself in their world-class wine experience in their new tasting room and enjoy a vertical flight of their favourite back vintage treasures. This one’s not to be missed.

Unico Zelo at Glen Ewin Estate – The Feast of Valhalla
Saturday 29 July, 7:00pm – 11:30pm
For those who are wanting something a little more unconventional for their Winter Reds experience, take a trip back in time and channel your inner Viking. There are no table manners needed at this event! They’re offering the ultimate Viking’s paradise, with a long table, a spit roast of epic proportions (with all the trimmings) and cheese to follow. All of this will be paired with their delicious red wines.
Cost: $150 per person

For further information, including tips if you plan to stay for the weekend and shuttle bus info, head over to the Winter Reds website.


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