The McLaren Vale Adelaide MINI Garage Sea & Vines Festival shines a light on McLaren Vale’s world-class winemaking and culinary offering with its schedule of events held over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend.
Image: The Oliver's Taranga Porchetta Party
The annual Sea & Vines Festival, on from June 9 to 11, celebrates the array of cellar doors and food producers that make McLaren Vale one of South Australia’s most attractive destinations.
Now in its 26th year, the festival serves up a number of immersive experiences around its local produce, wineries and wines. The jam-packed programme includes live music, long lunches, themed parties and feasts – to name a few. With so many activities on offer, the hardest part will be choosing where to focus your attention.
To get you started, we pinpoint the events we’d check out over a Sea & Vines weekend. Ahead is what our itinerary might look like, but there are many more options to choose from. Create your own experience here.
Bubbles & Breakfast
Enjoy a breakfast of locally sourced produce on the banks of Peddler’s Creek, plus cafe-style coffee, tea, and red and white sparkling wines. Set alongside the Shiraz Trail, you can walk here to work up an appetite, or work off breakfast wandering to your next event.
How much: $35
Jazz on the Deck
Beach Road Wines
Settle in for a drawn-out afternoon on the deck at Beach Road Wines, including wood-fired pizzas, food-friendly wines and soulful music.
How much: $45
Frisson Fest at Polly’s
Come for a night of comforting winter dishes and drinks, with a menu that includes a glass of spiced cider, melty raclette, pickles and baguette, and hot cinnamon doughnuts for dessert. The snacky selection will be served alongside an acoustic performance followed by eclectic vinyl on the decks.
How much: $45
Icons Tasting Experience
Start your Sunday with a bang at Beresford Estate, where your structured flight of wines will be served alongside a tasting plate of local, seasonal produce.
How much: $25
Winemaker's Table at the Cube
This provides a great reason to check out d’Arenberg’s cutting-edge ‘Cube’. Showcasing the label's Artisans range, which focuses on Mediterranean varietals, the tasting will be led by senior winemaker Jack Walton.
How much: $40
Tanino & Tango
S.C. Pannell is one of the region's leading wineries and this event proves that it can also host one helluva party. Taking its inspiration from Mexico's Day of the Dead, a lively holiday complete with street parades, celebrations and fancy dress, this lunch includes three Latin American-inspired courses, plus a taste of the new release 2016 Tanino (a bold red wine to match the menu's chargrilled meats). In keeping with the theme, the entertainment will include tango dancers, face painters and Latino-style live music. Arriba!
How much: $90
Next article: continue your planning with our McLaren Vale guide.