Photos: Johnathan Kissock.
If you’re a wine lover like us, you have your go-to bottles, but you’re also always looking for the newest, next best thing in terms of wine. If that’s the case, then you’re in luck because we’ve found an event featuring a small winemakers group filled with lesser known hidden gems.
The upcoming “Stars of the Riverland” event at the Riverland Wine Centre will showcase a group of a dozen regional winemakers that have labels and wonderful wines but don’t necessarily have a cellar door or tourism experience.
The June 5 event won’t only give you the opportunity to taste new wines and support local vineyards, but it will also serve up gorgeous riverfront views and five courses of local and native ingredients from much-loved chef Peter Kent.
Kent, known for his signature Mediterranean style at company Salt & Pepper Catering, will cook up local and Indigenous dishes carefully paired with award-winning and innovative wines from the small winemakers, the true “stars of the Riverland.” Featured wine brands include 919 Wines, Back Verandah, Bassham Wines, Junnare Wines, Mundoo Ridge, Oakworks, Pike River Estate, Sixty Eight Roses, Spook Hill, Starrs Reach Vineyard, Top Block, and Whistling Kite Wines.
Jenny Semmler of 919 Wines and the Riverland Small Winemakers looks forward to seeing the group’s wines paired with Kent’s cooking.
“The wines have been chosen to complement the very creative menu by chef Peter Kent, featuring a range of regional foods such as Riverland citrus, Murray cod and saltbush, and Indigenous foods such as bush lime, rosella and fresh South Australian oysters,” she says.
“Each wine has been carefully selected to showcase the high quality of wines from the region, and to complement the menu.”
She also emphasises the importance of supporting local wine, especially when it’s delicious!
“Small winemakers are often the innovators of the industry because they don’t have to ‘play safe’ and yet they still produce high quality products,” Semmler says.
“Consumer support of small winemakers helps to encourage experimentation and continual pursuit of high quality wine styles.”
While the winemakers and food are the focal points of the degustation, the stunning Riverland Wine Centre is yet another “star.” The beautiful venue is located right on the region’s namesake river, and its views are to die for.
To soak in the scenery and soak up local wine with delicious food, make sure to attend Stars of the Riverland.
Find the Riverland Wine Centre at 8 Pike Creek Rd, Lyrup.