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January 11, 2023

Summer vibes all round

Don’t delete the out-of-office message just yet. New food and wine festival SummerVines is coming and you’ll want to make a day (or more) of it.

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  • Pictures: Angove Family Winemakers, McLaren Vale (1-2), Battle Of Bosworth (3)
  • This article was produced in collaboration with the McLaren Vale Grape, Wine & Tourism Association.

Maintaining your feel-good holiday vibe will be easier this year, thanks to new 10-day festival SummerVines, kicking off Friday, 20 January.

Happening across the McLaren Vale wine region – undeniably Australia’s leading coastal wine spot – the festival will be big on wine and food experiences, sunshine, salty sea breezes and all-round good vibes.


There’s an entire program of SummerVines events waiting for you. Grab your tickets.

If you fancy a day out with friends exploring sustainably-produced wines, are partial to chatting with winemakers, or love soaking in the sunshine with a platter of delicious local produce and one of the region’s multitude of incredible and diverse wines, there’s heaps for you to explore.



Angler Stirling x Pannell Enoteca

11:30am—3pm on 21, 22, 28 & 29 January

This picture: Meaghan Coles

For two weekends in January, Angler Stirling will bring their incredible, fresh seafood offering to McLaren Vale.

The first sustainable seafood restaurant in South Australia and the first restaurant here to be accredited by the GoodFish project, Angler is not your regular restaurant or fish and chippery.

The business has much more to offer – such as its retail stock and its cooking school – all while championing a more thoughtful way of collecting and consuming seafood.

Book here. Bookings aren’t needed for groups of six and under.





Summer Club at Angove McLaren Vale

12—4pm on Sunday, 22 January

Relax and unwind on the beautiful lawns at Angove McLaren Vale while soaking in the Summer Club vibes, with great food and wine and tunes by DJ Louis Fredrick.

The Chalk Hill Road staple offers picture-perfect views from its balcony and green lawns to enjoy while sipping some of the region’s finest wines. The cellar door is nestled in the heart of the family’s historic, organic and biodynamic Warboys Vineyard, home to some of the oldest Shiraz and Grenache vines in McLaren Vale.

The Summer Club offers the first pour of your choice: Champagne Duval Leroy, Angove Warboys Vineyard wines or Blind Tiger Gin & Tonic from the St Agnes Distillery.

Check it out here.


Croquet and Ginscatos on the Lawn at Battle of Bosworth Wines

2—6pm on Saturday, 21 January

Enjoy a fun afternoon with a glass of Ginscato in one hand and a croquet mallet in the other while puttering around the bucolic Bosworth cellar door garden. If you’re particularly dextrous, see if you can keep a small plate of finger sandwiches with you to fuel your next swing.

The Ginscato combines the Spring Seed Wine Co ‘Sweat Pea’ Moscato with a healthy measure of Angove’s Organic Blind Tiger London Dry Gin, giving you the performance enhancing confidence you need to take the croquet W.

Wine tastings and sales of Battle of Bosworth and Spring Seed Wines will also be available, of course.

It’s $25 per adult and $15 per kid (who get an organic soft drink), so book your spot now.


Oliver’s Taranga Terroir Tour

10:30am—12pm & 2—3:30pm from 20-29 January

‘Ollie’ the Golf Buggy awaits passengers for a limited edition, personalised SummerVines: Oliver’s Taranga Terroir Tour.

It’s an amazing way to make the most of summer in the vineyard and explore the endless rows of vines, while tasting each variety of wine next to the very vines that produce it.

The tour includes a complimentary “Greats” tasting of Oliver’s Taranga’s best wines alongside a delicious platter in the stunning new cellar door.

Each tour can accommodate up to five people at $99 per person. Get in quick to book.



Dumplings & Decks at Lloyd Brothers

3—9pm on Friday, 27 January

Come along to see what the Lloyd brothers, David and Matthew, have been up to on their respective vineyards while enjoying the best dumplings in the Vale.

Spend a relaxed afternoon and evening with freshly hand-made dumplings by Sookii La La matched with Lloyd Brothers Nouveau Field Blend Chilled Red, all while enjoying sunset tunes by DJ Normie B.

There is a choice of pork, chicken or vegetarian (vegan) dumplings, and the deal comes with a Lloyd Brothers Riedel glass to keep.

At $35 a head ($25 for kids) you’ll need to book early to avoid disappointment.



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