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Winter Reds Festival Announce Cracking 2017 Line Up

The Winter Reds Festival is just around the corner! Here’s what’s happening around the Adelaide Hills.

Make your way up to the Adelaide Hills this winter as wineries and iconic venues open their doors to celebrate the region’s red wines Winter Reds Festival. Winter Reds is held in the wine region across the weekend of Friday 28 to Sunday 30 July. And what better way to warm yourself up during winter than with a glass of red, a roaring fire and delicious food!

This year, 28 Adelaide Hills wineries and venues will play host to 50 events, including 15 exclusive ticketed events.

Adelaide Hills Wine Region Executive Officer, Nicole Roberts, said this year’s Winter Reds program boasts unique red wine focussed events, while also showcasing the culinary expertise of acclaimed local chefs who will ‘Play with Fire’ – roasting, barbecuing and braising top produce – to create amazing dishes.

A selection of wineries have joined the 2017 Winter Reds program, while cellar doors well-known to the crowds of the festival are again upping the ante with their offerings. These wineries and events include:

Unico Zelo at Glen Ewin Estate – The Feast of Valhalla
The Gumeracha winery has joined the 2017 festival, with their event promising to take guests back to the Viking era and embraces the Winter Reds theme ‘Play with Fire’. A spit roast of epic proportions – with all the trimmings – and cheese to follow will be served alongside their delicious reds.

Hersey Vineyard – Winter Reds in the Alps
Another winery joining the program this year is Hersey Vineyard who are asking their guests to get cozy on the couches and enjoy a lamb spit, burgers, Ounce Gin, mulled wine, beer and cider on tap, and of course their amazing reds. This event takes place at Adelaide Hills Convention Centre.

Riposte Wines – Paella & Pinot
Riposte Wines has joined forces with renowned local eatery Miss Perez to create a food and wine master class. Grab yourself a place by the open fire; warm up your winter soul with paella and learn about the mysteries of Pinot Noir, explained by Riposte’s Tim Knappstein.

The Lane – 50 Shaves of Truffle and Après-Ski
Unearth the mystery and celebrate the elusive luxury of truffles at The Lane with a five- course degustation on Friday night, which will explore the evocative qualities of this beguiling ingredient, coupled with finest seasonal produce from the Hills. While during the day on Saturday and Sunday, The Lane will launch its Chalet Bar, serving hearty winter fare, mulled wine and DJ tunes.

Further highlights and new events across the weekend include ‘Fire & Feast’ at Howard Vineyard, where guests will indulge in five courses prepared by head chef Heather Day and eight wines by winemaker Tom Northcott.
Last year, Sidewood Estate wines took on French drops and won. This year they’re taking on the world. Join Sidewood’s head winemaker, Darryl Catlin for a five-course dinner designed by Maximilians head chef Jamie Laing, matched with Sidewood wines and secret international equivalents.

Winter Reds also caters to families, so if a babysitter can’t be found head to Wicks Estate’s Winter Wonderland. Parents can enjoy a glass of wine, food by Andre’s Cucina and music by The Happy Leonards. The kids will be kept entertained with face painting and other various activities.

Entry to non-ticketed general events is free. Pricing for ticketed events ranges from $30 to $200.
The program is available for download at Spread the word on social media using #WinterReds2017

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