Tempting Palates were lucky enough to be invited to another Cellar Door Fest preview; this time in the McLaren Vale region. While we had a fun day out, you can enjoy the same wine, beer and food all in one location for Cellar Door Fest at the Adelaide Convention Centre this weekend. How easy and convenient is that? That's why we love Cellar Door Fest!
Our first stop was to visit Lost Buoy Wines. Our wine tasting took place at The Star of Greece which is directly opposite the winery. The location is breath-taking with beautiful views of Port Willunga beach. Lost Buoy Wines' location makes this winery unique as it is the closest vineyards to the sea in all of Australia giving their wines a natural saltiness. We tried most of the range except the Rosé as this vintage is already sold out! A good sign for any wine maker. We loved the Lionpoint Shiraz with its fruity flavours.
Our next stop was at Beach Road Wines to sample some wines and the menu for the Long Late Lunch which is part of the Long Table Lunch experience at Cellar Door Fest. The lunch experiences are a great way to enjoy food and matched wines to break away from just wine tasting over the weekend. On the menu is:
Starter – Fresh McLaren Vale Sourdough bread, marinated Coriole Olives, Olive Oil and House made dukkah
Platter – Asparagus salad, Smoked Coorong Mullet, Pork Rillettes with Sour Dough Crostini, fresh Hoare Family Figs and Willunga Almonds, Fellini Salami with Fennel salad and braised chilli
Cheese Platter – Kris Lloyd Artisan Foragers Feast, Woodside Cheese Wrights Monet, Kris Lloyd Artisan Grace, Woodside Cheese Wrights Figaro
The food at Beach Road Wines is simple and of high quality. The focus is on seasonal and fresh local produce making this one delicious menu!
Our third and final visit was to Goodieson Brewery. While the McLaren Vale region is popular for its wines, this great brewery is a place that everyone needs to know about. Goodieson Brewery is the first Brewery in the McLaren Vale region in over 150 years. They are a family owned brewery using the finest natural ingredients with no preservatives or additives. With a choice of Ale, Pilsener, Stout and a special raspberry flavoured beer this brewery is worth a visit on your rounds at the Cellar Door Fest or when you are in the McLaren Vale region next.
Our final winery was Vigna Bottin Wines which had a stall at Goodieson Brewery for us to sample their Italian style wines. This family owned winery have been growing grapes in the McLaren Vale region since the 1970s. Maria and Paolo Bottin's heritage and love for Italian wines have inspired them to start their own winery to produce modern Australian wines. We were the first to taste their lastest Shiraz which was full bodied and bursting of flavours. They will be showcasing their Shiraz at the Cellar Door Fest. For a chance to win a La Familia lunch with Paolo and Maria visit them at their stand at the Cellar Door Fest. What's better than drinking fantastic wine accompanied by a full Italian feast cooked by an Italian family!
We can't express enough how many amazing stalls and producers will be at the Cellar Door Fest. We only sampled a few during our preview but there's hundreds to visit and they are all in the one spot - Adelaide Convention Centre. Get your tickets now and see you at the Cellar Door Fest!
Where: Cellar Door Fest North Tce, Adelaide
Open: Friday, February 24: 5.00PM – 9.00PM, Saturday, February 25: 11.00AM – 6.00PM & Sunday, February 26: 11.00AM – 6.00PM