By Melissa Keogh
Swirling a fine drop in front of a crackling wood fire and overlooking fog shrouded vines is perhaps the ultimate way to overcome the winter blues.
Adelaide Hills wineries will help warm hearts and fill bellies this weekend when the region crawls with food and wine lovers for the Winter Reds Weekend.
The popular festival, which attracts thousands, will unfold over three days (July 28-30) promising sumptuous food offerings paired with the Adelaide Hills’ best drops.
Adelaide Hills Wine Region executive officer Nicole Roberts says this year’s program invited people to pull on their wellies, layer up their woolies and escape to the Hills.
“The Adelaide Hills is known throughout the world for its first-class cool climate red wines,” she says.
“When you couple these fine wines with first-class dishes, made by some of SA’s leading chefs, you have the epitome of a food and wine experience.”
With 50 ticketed and non-ticketed events on offer, choosing just a handful of wineries and cellar doors to visit will prove tricky.
Here are three top picks for the wintry weekend ahead, bound to warm icy hands and stain lips red! Check out the full program here.
Wine lovers will gather around an outdoor fire pit to enjoy hearty fare and fine wines. A DJ will keep bums off seats while kids will also be kept entertained.
Where: 52 Western Branch Road, Lobethal.
When: Friday 12–7pm, Saturday 10am–6pm, Sunday 10am–5pm.
Bird In Hand
Chef Carlos Astudillo will bring the latino heat to this Woodside winery with a South American-inspired barbecue. Escape from the chill and enjoy acoustic beats in the cosy Barrell Hall.
Where: 150 Pfeiffer Road, Woodside.
When: Friday 4–7pm, Saturday and Sunday 11am–5pm.
For those wanting to go all out with their indulgences is Bird In Hand’s five-course degustation.
For $165, diners can devour Chef Carlos Astudillo’s creations paired with top wines.
When: Saturday 12–5pm.
Henschke at Udder Delights
What’s better than cheese? Not much, except for maybe cheese fondue. Locally smoked bratwurst, cornichons, pickled onions, fruit and warm ciabatta will be dipped in cheesy lava. Also served with a glass of pinor noir. $39pp.
A cheese and wine masterclass will also unfold on Sunday at 11am and 2pm, $95pp.
Where: 91a Main Street, Hahndorf
When: Saturday and Sunday, 9am–5pm.
Other bits to know:
General entry to Winter Reds is free, and drinkers can purchase an official souvenir wine glass for $10.
Designated drivers can collect a wristband at participating venues to receive a complementary non-alcoholic drink.
A shuttle bus service will be doing the rounds in Woodside and Hahndorf on Saturday and Sunday.
For $25pp, passengers can hop on and off the bus as many times as they like.
For more information on the bus routes click here.