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June 22, 2023

Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit is coming your way

Brace yourselves, Adelaide – Cellar Door Fest's fabulous winter extravaganza is about to sweep you off your feet.

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  • This article was produced in collaboration with Cellar Door Fest.
  • Pictures: Courtesy of Cellar Door Fest

Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit – a smaller, more intimate version of the beloved summer festival – is coming to brighten up your winter and introduce you to South Australia’s latest, coolest wines, artisanal spirits and local music talent.


Cellar Door Fest
7—8 July
Adelaide Convention Centre
North Terrace, Adelaide 5000
Friday: 5pm ’til 9pm
Saturday: 11am ’til 4pm; 5pm ’til 9pm

Festival director Jasmine Pohl says Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit is a must-attend winter escape.

“We wanted to create a cosy, boutique experience that celebrates SA’s hottest food and drink producers – from the established brands through to the small-scale and new producers,” Jasmine says.

“With around 75 handpicked wineries, distilleries and food producers under one roof, attendees are in for a fun and intimate tasting journey.”

For those keen to discover an exciting host of new gems, the event will have some labels on board for the first time, including Tiny Friday, a producer of a spirit inspired by the Chilean pisco.

Jasmine, who is excited to try the Gordito for the first time herself, says Tony Friday’s pisco is produced from distilled wine and “is something quite different that will add a twist to people’s tasting experience”.

She is also keen to try Long Way Round Distilling Co.’s latest Co-Lab Series, which brings together their dry gin with a Lemon Butterfly tea sourced from a local producer.

For whisky aficionados, Jasmine suggests Woodwater is a name worth seeking out.

“Woodwater produces an incredible single-malt whisky, as well as a series of gins that are made using a combination of grape spirit and malted barley,” she says.

“Again, it’s something a little bit different.”

If you’re curious as to how the Cellar Door Fest team brings together such an interesting and exciting lineup of wineries and distilleries, Jasmine says it’s about research and recommendations.

“Over the years, we’ve built an extensive database, constantly researching and discovering new producers,” she says.

“South Australia is renowned for its wineries, and the distillery scene is flourishing. We actively seek out these hidden gems to curate an unforgettable experience.

“We also get recommendations along the way, and have producers who team up on their stand with newer ones. So, that’s a great introduction for future events as well.”

The festival’s musical bill is impressive, and Jasmine says it’s one of the most exciting ones offered at Winter Edit to date.

Some of the appearing acts include Ollie English, LENI, Laura Hill and Thoma and the Humbugs.

“We’ve got a really good mix of acoustic blues-and-roots artists through to folk-pop and French funk-fusion,” she says.

“Some of these artists have supported the likes of The Rubens, Angus and Julia Stone, and Matt Corby. They’re all super talented and, of course – in keeping with the event – all from South Australia.”

Jasmine says the key to the music programming is that it matches the mood and energy of the audience, building from relaxed at the start to high energy as the session draws to a close.

“Each session will finish off with our festival favourite, DJ Ruby Chew. She really knows how to get the dance floor started,” Jasmine says.

Be prepared for a knock-off, after-work-drinks vibe on Friday night.

“Our Friday night session is the perfect way to ease into the weekend, catch up with friends, sample what’s on offer and listen to great music,” Jasmine says.

Saturday’s daytime session, from 11am to 4pm, will be “more relaxed”, with a laidback festival vibe.

Then the Saturday night session, from 5pm to 9pm, will rev up to a more ‘party vibe’ befitting of its time slot.


Jasmine says Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit is the perfect antidote to the winter blues, with so many wineries, food producers and distillers under the one roof.

“All of our Cellar Door Fest events, including Winter Edit, champion the eat, drink and support local message,” she says.

“Giving people something new to discover is what we really love about the festival.”

The event will see a wide array of South Australia’s renowned wine regions on show, including favourites such as McLaren Vale, Barossa Valley and Clare Valley. Regions further away from Adelaide, such as Padthaway, Coonawarra and Yorke Peninsula, will also be represented.

“The idea is that everyone can come, discover the wineries, the distilleries, the food producers and then go out into the regions and visit their cellar doors,” Jasmine says.

Of course, no festival is complete without tantalising food offerings.

“We have planned a great lineup of food producers in our artisan food market,” Jasmine says.

“We’ll also have a great mix of Adelaide food trucks to help fuel the tasting journey, including Moi An Viet Street Food, Pearla Tuck ShopCheesy Street and Fiesta Tajine.

“And this year, as something new, our attendees can pre-purchase a cheese platter [when they buy their tickets] with fabulous cheese from Woodside Cheese Wrights.

“So, you can sip on a glass of wine while indulging in a cheese platter and listening to music. That’s my ideal way of spending an afternoon or evening.”

This year, Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit also introduces a new, ticketed experience to ramp up the fun.

“We’ve collaborated with Bottle and Brush, a fantastic South Australian business, to bring Paint & Sip classes to the festival,” Jasmine says.

Ticket holders can unleash their inner artist as they are guided step by step to create a vibrant floral painting.

To lubricate and inspire their endeavours, they’ll be treated to a glass of wine from Claymore Wines.

“There’s only two Paint & Sip sessions available on the Saturday. We’ve limited tickets, so we definitely recommend that those who are keen book their tickets early,” Jasmine says.

For more information, visit the website.

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