Spring is just around the corner and so are two weeks of crazily good happenings at McLaren Vale Grenache & Gourmet.
Grenache goes gaga
Commencing on Friday, 15 September – also known as International Grenache Day – the festival’s second year boasts over 40 events including tastings, masterclasses, dining experiences, fresh local produce and engaging personalities.
Luxuriate in exceptional wine, food and tourism all the way to the October long weekend in a region home to some of the world’s oldest vines, emerging varieties and a Mediterranean-like climate to boot.
McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association CEO Erin Leggat says, “Every bottle of McLaren Vale wine holds a story – of history, future, passion and the dedication of hundreds of talented people – a story which we believe is best shared”.
GRENACHE AFTER DARK
5.30–9.30pm on Saturday, 16 September
As the sun sets over the vines at Coriole winery, immerse yourself in the sweet sounds of live jazz and lively conversation across communal tables.
Grenache has been grown on the winery’s land for more than 150 years. And while you enjoy a shared feast prepared by head chef, Patricia Streckfuss, the Lloyd family will guide you through pairings of their Grenache wines, including current and museum releases.
Secure your tickets.
BLACK SHEEP, BUSH VINES, BLENDS AND BANTER
11am–4pm from Monday, 18 September ‘til Sunday, 1 October
There are plenty of opportunities across the fortnight to get to know Hugh Hamilton Wines.
The team will share the Hamilton family’s fascinating 185-year and six-generation history as winemakers.
At just $20 a head, people of all knowledge levels are invited to deepen their appreciation for the winemaking process.
Tickets are here.
GRENACHE, GRENACHE, HOW DOES YOUR GARDEN GROW?
11.30am–1pm on Saturday, 23 September
Pannell Enoteca’s Oliver and Rodrigo will get you in the mood for Grenache with a gentle stroll in and around the winery’s youngest vines.
Pick up some insights on growing this mighty grape from Oliver – and some entertaining (true) stories from Rodrigo – all while enjoying tastings of the current releases.
The tasting includes a pork and fennel sausage roll. The sea views are a glorious bonus.
Make sure to grab your ticket early.
LE CANARD AU VIN DEGUSTATION
12pm–4pm on Friday, September 29
This is the stuff long, leisurely lunches are made of: spectacular views, a welcoming venue, an 8-course French menu and paired wines.
Take your taste buds to the home of les Français with courses prepared by head chef Peter Reschke, paired with a fine selection of Grenache from d’Arenberg.
Share in the wisdom of head winemaker Jack Walton and discover why the region is Australia’s Grenache heartland.
This is sure to sell out, so purchase your tickets now.
GUISES OF GRENACHE – COLLABORATION SERIES
6:30–10pm on Saturday, 30 September
Held at Maxwell Wines, enjoy meticulously paired food and wine.
This masterclass by wineries Maxwell, Paxton and Coriole will offer two wines per brand and a six-course tasting menu by Maxwell chef Fabian Lehmann.
Passionate winemakers will share insight and stories into their Grenache varieties’ unique characteristics, origins and essence.
Tickets available here.