Media Releases

09 April 2017

After a delayed start, McLaren Vale’s 2017 vintage is now underway with the region’s vignerons forecasting a positive harvest.

The growing season, and subsequent harvest, was lengthened by several weeks thanks to many wet weather events that occurred during the veraison period.

Growers and winemakers throughout the region have been working together to mitigate disease pressure that can accompany unseasonal and prolonged wet weather in the vineyard.

Hardys Tintara Winemaker, Paul Carpenter is optimistic about the fruit he has seen so far.

“We are seeing good healthy canopies with average to above average crops –  excellent flavour and bright natural acidities from the cooler and longer ripening period that we've experienced,” said Mr Carpenter.

“It all bodes well with Cabernet and Grenache looking to be the stars with brightness of flavour and soft fine tannins, fingers are crossed.”

McLaren Vale viticulturist and Director of Pridham Viticulture, Ben Pridham believes the wet weather had a positive impact in the vineyard environment.

“No two vintages are the same, and that’s why we love what we do,” said Mr Pridham.

“2016 saw the wettest winter, spring and summer for many years. This helped flush our soils and recharge our aquifers to pristine condition. Very little supplementary water was needed this growing season.

“We are expecting great quality as our ripening conditions are ideal with a later harvest than last year.”

Penny’s Hill Winemaker Alexia Roberts is excited by the flavor development already identified in most blocks.

“The flavour development is already evident in most blocks. Our Shiraz, Cabernet and Merlot parcels all look strong with great varietal characters and good acidity,” said Ms Roberts.

Given the optimism of the region’s viticulturists and winemakers and the quality of fruit already harvested, the prospects of a quality vintage producing wines of regional expression is assured.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

05 April 2017

The largest showcase of McLaren vale’s premium wine, food and beach lifestyle will celebrate a milestone 25th birthday this June long weekend public holiday - 11, 12 and 13 June.

With more than 50 events across 25 McLaren Vale venues – the line-up of festivities spans intimate chef’s table degustation’s, 50’s Rock 'n Roll music and family-friendly archery classes.
McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association (MVGWTA) General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is eager to showcase the very best of McLaren Vale’s producers and the unique offering visitors can experience in the region year-round.

“The celebrations are not limited to a single day, so the best way to experience the exceptional hospitality of our region’s producers is for Festival-goers to consider accommodation options to stay in McLaren Vale over the long weekend,” said Ms Lynch.

“There is an incredible showcase of diverse and immersive experiences – we are really looking forward to delivering a Festival that caters to all ages and interests.”
Kay Brothers Proprietor and McLaren Vale stalwart Colin Kay remembers the Sea & Vines Festival from 25 years ago as an intimate community event.

“I remember the events leading up to Sea & Vines, originally known as “The Continuous Picnic,” which was derived from a recipe book bearing the same title. It successfully launched a new Australian taste for fresh produce, farm markets, and international flavours more than 3 decades ago,” said Mr Kay.

“Kay Brothers was part of the event back then, with festivities taking place in the Cask room built back in 1901. Stonyfell Winery owned the Classic Catering business, and whom were our first caterer and Dick Frankel's “Jazz Disciples” headed the entertainment, and quite a number of visiting musicians contributed to the auditory pleasures.”

Many of McLaren Vale’s familiar and favourite producers are participating in 2017 Festival including Angove and their Andre’s Cucina and Blind Tiger gin bar, d’Arry’s Verandah 10-course degustation, Hardys Tintara The French Quarter New Orleans themed event and Oliver’s Taranga Porchetta Party.

Tickets to all events are on sale from 9am Friday, April 7 at and all official OzTix outlets.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications Manager, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

15 November 2016

Accommodation and travel website Trivago has named McLaren Vale the ‘best-rated destination for accommodation in South Australia for 2017’, rating fifth nationally.

Based on 175 million traveler ratings from over 250 online booking sites, Trivago analysed destinations with a minimum of 12 hotels and a total of 1000 combined reviews or more.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch, acknowledges the united effort in creating memorable stays for the region’s 1 million annual visitors.

“With over 125 wineries - 75 with cellar doors – and more than 60 tourism businesses offering boutique and high-end accommodation, interactive tours and transport options, McLaren Vale’s tourism offering is as diverse as its people,” said Ms Lynch.

“Our region’s collaborative and generous nature, unique combination of world-class wines and produce - both on the farm and on the plate - with a beach lifestyle, ensures that visitors receive a truly a unique and welcoming experience.”

The Hon. Leon Bignell MP – Minister for Tourism, has praised the recognition for McLaren Vale.

“Congratulations to McLaren Vale on winning the "best region in South Australia" and fifth best region in Australia at the 2017 Trivago Awards,” said Minister Bignell.

“As a proud resident and local member, I know McLaren Vale is one of the most stunning places on earth.

“With its beautiful beaches, premium food and world-class wine - just 45 minutes from the city - it's easy to see why the region is so highly acclaimed."

The Trivago accolade follows the recent announcement of Adelaide being named as one of the top five places to visit in the world in Lonely Planet's ‘Best of Travel 2017.’

South Australia was ranked fifth, behind Choquequirao in Peru, Taranaki in New Zealand, The Azores in Portugal and North Wales in the United Kingdom.

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

31 October 2016


Well-known McLaren Vale winemaker and industry icon, Steve Pannell of S.C. Pannell Wines, has been recrowned as the 2016 Bushing King - his second consecutive win of the region’s top award in the McLaren Vale Wine Show.

The prestigious title was awarded at the 52nd annual MGA Insurance McLaren Vale Winemakers Bushing Lunch held at Serafino Wines.

The 2015 S.C. Pannell Touriga Cabernet Mataro was the highest scoring wine of the 2016 Wine Show as judged by an impressive panel of international and Australian judges including Adam Dromi, The Wine House LA, Dave Bicknell, Chief Winemaker Oakridge Estate and David Le Mire MW of Shaw & Smith.

2016 Chair of Judges, Jim Chatto has praised the emerging varietals of the region, with the brief to his judging team a simple directive.

“My brief to the judges was simple: “look for delicious regional wines of natural fruit character, balance and harmony, regardless of variety and/or style. Look for wines which complement the place, the cuisine, and the lifestyle; that is McLaren Vale,” said Mr Chatto.

“Every time I visit McLaren vale I am blown away by the enthusiasm & energy throughout industry. McLaren Vale is easily one of the most dynamic and exciting wine regions in Australia today.”

This year’s McLaren Vale Wine Show received 728 entries from 102 producers, with gold medals being awarded to 34 different producers.

Grenache dominant blends were the one of the strongest classes of the 2016 Wine Show, with a large portion of the gold medal wines awarded in the varietal class, reinforcing McLaren Vale’s declaration as Australia’s leading Grenache producing region.

Jennifer Lynch, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager is pleased the annual Wine Show continues to be recognised as the premier regional wine show in Australia.

“The McLaren Vale Wine Show showcases not just the premium wines of the region, but the unique people and their stories too.”

“Acting as a vehicle to champion our regional varietal heroes – The Bushing Lunch is the perfect culmination to celebrate the fantastic food and wine culture McLaren Vale is renowned for.”

All gold medal winning wines will be available for the public to taste at the ‘McLaren Vale Gold Medals meet Leigh Street’ open air event on Friday 11 November.

For only $20, Adelaide’s wine lovers will have the unique opportunity to taste the best of the McLaren Vale Wine Show, meet the winemakers and to savour our region’s diverse wine styles.

Full Wine Show results can be found here.



2016 Wine Show Dinner Series and Events:

2KW Dinner and Leigh Street Tasting tickets can be purchased online:

History of the Bushing Trophy and Lunch can be found here:

Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

12 September 2016

Friday September 16 is ‘International Grenache Day’, and to celebrate one of McLaren Vale’s most iconic varietals, our region’s producers are gearing up to celebrate the diversity and heritage of the grape with a range of exciting events.

A group of 12 McLaren Vale producers will prepare their best Grenache for battle at The Ed Cellars on Saturday September 17, where they are set to go head-to-head with their Barossa Valley counterparts at the annual Grenache Cup event.

The Grenache Cup judging includes a panel of esteemed wine industry notables undertaking a blind tasting of Grenache varietals and blends from both regions. The general public are also invited to attend, taste and vote for their favourites.

Cellar Manager Margot Muir is looking forward to the annual competition.

“The Edinburgh Cellars continues to beat the drum for this once misunderstood and underrated variety which has made its home in both McLaren Vale and the Barossa Valley.   We love its youthful drinkability, fruit-forwardness and spice and then those compelling savoury elements with a myriad of layers, textures and depth that can come with age,” said Ms Muir.

McLaren Vale producers banding together to take on the Barossa include Cradle of Hills, Vinrock Wines, d'Arenberg, Patritti, Yangarra Estate Vineyard, Jericho, Dabblebrook, Willunga 100, Dodgy Bros, Marmont, Maxwell Wines and Caught Redhanded.

In McLaren Vale, Serafino Wines will celebrate the occasion from 4-7pm on Friday 16th September with a free community ‘open tasting’ for Grenache lovers, with special guest James Halliday.

Serafino CEO Maria Maglieri believes the event is a great opportunity to celebrate the heritage of the varietal within the region.

“International Grenache Day is the perfect opportunity to celebrate the generational heritage of Grenache – grown in our region since 1918,” said Ms Maglieri.

“Our event will compare the diversity of Grenache by origin, micro-climate, viticultural and sustainable practices and winemaking style – with the industry advocate of Grenache himself, James Halliday in attendance.”

Kay Brothers Amery will host complimentary tasting flights of four of their Grenache wines at their cellar door on the special date.  The flight will include the newly released 2016 Kay Brothers Grenache Rosé, 2015 Basket Pressed Grenache, 2014 Basket Pressed Grenache and back vintage 2010 Basket Pressed Grenache.

Further up the road at McLaren Flat, Beresford Estate will be celebrating across the weekend with an educational tasting experience to include three styles of Grenache matched to a regional tasting plate created by Adelaide foodie, Bree May.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine and Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch credits the increasing popularity of the varietal with the diversity of the region’s vineyards and international reputation.

“Grenache is a key red grape variety for McLaren Vale, both in terms of our history and production. South Australia's viticultural origins began in McLaren Vale and our region's Mediterranean climate continues to drive our region's wine style and diverse food culture,” said Ms Lynch.

“McLaren Vale excels in the production of ultra-premium Grenache, reinforcing our region’s identity as a leader in premium, sustainable growing practices.”


For more information about the Grenache Cup at the Ed Cellars, click here  

For more information on the Serafino event, click here

For more information on the Beresford tasting flight and to book, contact Beresford cellar door, (08) 8383 0362


Media Enquiries:

Lucy Gosling, Marketing and Communications, MVGWTA
P: +61 8 8323 8999, E:

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