So, you’re keen to get to Winetopia but looking for a totally new tasting experience?
You’re up to speed with local Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and the aromatic whites that thrive in New Zealand’s wine regions. But what else will entertain and expand your wine experience.
Well, this year you’ll discover a whole new set of flavours from Australia’s most prominent and successful wine state – South Australia – which will be showcasing in a dedicated festival zone 10 producers with a wide range of classic Aussie styles as well as new wave alternative varieties.
Many you’ll never see out of New Zealand – mainly because of climatic and regional compatibilities. And also because of SA’s extraordinary wine history. There are wines from 100-year-old vineyards, blends from traditional varieties known as the “Great Australian Reds”, and wild new styles that simply break all the rules, and are a taste of the future.
The touring winemakers are in town as part of an exclusive program curated by the South Australian State Government, the South Australian Wine Ambassadors Club. It’s their inaugural visit to New Zealand, so a wonderful opportunity to explore wider wine horizons.
Open for tastings will be a vast array of wines that offer an exciting panorama of South Australia’s diverse regions – there are in fact 18 officially recognised different wine regions in the state. There’ll be opulent Shiraz from the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale, classic Cabernet Sauvignon from the Coonawarra, ancient vine reds from Langhorne Creek, inventive styles and alternative Mediterranean varieties from the Riverland and Adelaide Hills.
Keen to dive a little deeper? Join in one of our South Australian Wine Ambassador Club mini masterclasses, “Meet the Maker” sessions, and blind tastings led by SAWAC Patron Tony Love. They won’t be stuffy, formal affairs, but a more casual, fun experience exploring distinctive SA wine styles and regional expressions.
You won’t go hungry for unique South Australian tucker either. Have you ever tried kangaroo? We’ll have a roo-slider bar on site, so give it a go. And what about our own Southern Ocean abalone in a sashimi poke bowl with vermicelli and chilli?
We’re equally proud of our unique SA produce as we are of our wines – the two go naturally together. Come along and make friends with the friendly visitors from South Australia. We’re known as Australia’s “Wine State” and we want to show you why!