Warm up with Winter Reds in the Adelaide Hills

19 July 2016

Ian Hunter
Acting Minister for Tourism

Adelaide Hills Wine is encouraging you to ‘fire up your winter soul’ at its Winter Reds event, showcasing the region’s best premium food, wine and local attractions from 29 - 31 July.

Fire dancers, wood-fired pizzas and treats, a fire pit, warming fires and a fireside feast are also among the highlights of the ‘play with fire’ theme of this year’s Winter Reds.

Almost 60 premium food and wine events are on offer, featuring 36 wineries across 31 venues, celebrating the region’s scenic views, premium food and wine, arts and culture.

The Adelaide Hills Convention Centre will showcase produce from the Adelaide Hills, while an event at Mount Lofty House will host wineries without cellar doors.

In addition to 37 general entry events, there will be a record 20 ticketed events including:

  • Pinot in the Dark at Mount Lofty Ranges Vineyard, where eight vintages from the same vineyard are paired with a four course South Australian meal.
  • Dinner in the Board Room, an intimate dinner for eight people at O’Leary Walker Wines.
  • Ngeringa Vineyards will host Paddock to Plate, a biodynamic masterclass showcasing eight Australian and international wines matched with a three course menu, sourced from Ngeringa Farm.
Participating wineries and associated venues coordinate their own events over the weekend, ranging from guided tastings and live entertainment through to special ticketed events such as long table events, degustations and guided tastings.


This is the seventh year Winter Reds has been held in the Adelaide Hills – showcasing the region’s premium food and wine during winter – thanks to Adelaide Hills Wine and partners.

The Adelaide Hills is one of the largest geographical wine regions in Australia, and amongst the most diverse in terms of climate, soil and topography. It is acknowledged internationally for its distinctive premium wines, viticulture and stunning scenery.

Recently, Adelaide officially joined other internationally renowned wine capitals such as Bordeaux, San Francisco and Cape Town by becoming a member of the Great Wine Capitals Global Network.

The network is a group of major cities linked to internationally renowned wine regions: Bilbao / Rioja (Spain), Bordeaux (France), Cape Town (South Africa), Mainz / Rheinhessen (Germany), Mendoza (Argentina), Porto (Portugal), San Francisco / Napa Valley (USA) and Valparaìso / Casablanca Valley (Chile).

For more information, visit: www.adelaidehillswine.com.au/events/winter-reds

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About 10,000 people are expected to attend the weekend-long event, proudly supported by the State Government, which is fantastic for local tourism operators in the Adelaide Hills.

More than 60 per cent of these visitors are travelling there from other parts of South Australia and an additional 5 per cent from interstate to attend Winter Reds.

This year, event organisers have partnered with a record number of accommodation providers from the Adelaide Hills and metropolitan area, to further encourage many to make a weekend of it.

It is a great opportunity to get together with friends and family, rug up and enjoy a glass of Adelaide Hills wine and some of our state’s finest food by a warm fire, only a short drive from the CBD.

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