Wine lovers will head for the Adelaide Hills this weekend as the annual Winter Reds festival unfolds across the region.
Tourism Minister Leon Bignell said more than 40 wineries would feature at this year’s event.
“The Winter Reds festival is all about escaping the cold and savouring the world-renowned wines found across the Adelaide Hills,” he said.
“A 20-minute drive will take you from the heart of the city to celebrated vineyards, many of which offer welcoming cellar doors and sumptuous regional produce as well.”
Highlights of this year’s Winter Reds program include a six-course lunch at Bird in Hand, a feral feast at biodynamic winery Ngeringa and a chance to taste four vintages of Shaw + Smith shiraz.
Sunday’s Lobethal Market will feature producers including Tilbrook Estate and Lobo Cider, with Mount Lofty House to welcome event-goers on the same day for live jazz, wood-fired pizzas and the opportunity to meet district winemakers.
“The premium food and wine from our clean environment is something to celebrate, and fans of our many boutique winemakers are spoilt for choice this weekend,” Mr Bignell said.
“Wherever you choose to explore, I encourage you to fire up your winter soul in the Adelaide Hills and share the experience with family and friends.”
Winter Reds is sponsored through the South Australian Tourism Commission’s Regional Events and Festivals Program, with funding provided to help organisers market the festival to interstate visitors.
Bookings are essential for a number of events, and guests who prefer not to drive can join tours to the region run by local operators.
“The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s largest wine regions, and among the most diverse in terms of its climate, soil and topography,” Mr Bignell said.
“Winter Reds is the perfect chance to sample the highlights of this beautiful region as presented by the people who know and love it best.”
Visit adelaidehillswine.com.au for more information on Winter Reds.