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15 June 2017

McLaren Vale played host to record numbers as the annual McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival celebrated a 25-year birthday over the June long weekend.

Toasting to regional produce and premium wine, the celebration included more than 50 unique events held at 25 venues across McLaren Vale.

Diversity of event offering showcased the very best of the region’s immersive experiences with

Saturday’s events perfectly suited to culinary appetites that favoured long lunches, wine flights, gourmet food truck fare and cooking demonstrations, Sunday is touted as the ‘ultimate wine tour’ with Sunday Experience ticket-holders enjoying three sessions at three different winery destinations and Monday’s public holiday event line-up was especially suited to families with children.

With a mild 17 degrees, minimal wind and no rainfall across the weekend – visitors to the region enjoyed festivities outdoors.

Working in collaboration with SAPOL and Liquor licensing to ensure community and patron safety, McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch is pleased with the attendance and behavior of patrons that travelled to join in the celebrations.

“Feedback from participating wineries, local business and Festival-goers has been positive, with many events sold out across the program and crowds well behaved,” said Ms Lynch.

“The Festival has been a perfect showcase of regional collaboration, with cellar door operators, chefs, transport and accommodation businesses banding together to ensure an exceptional storytelling experience for visitors. Adelaide’s inclusion in the Great Wine Capitals of the World Network has reinforced the importance of wine tourism and the Sea & Vines Festival is a great vehicle to strengthen our region and also our State’s global reputation for premium food and wine.”

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

18 April 2017

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association was thrilled to host 15 of the World’s Best Sommeliers visiting Australia as part of Wine Australia’s ‘Somms of the World’ program.

Coinciding with the World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards, visiting Sommeliers experienced the very best of McLaren Vale’s premium food and wine offering on their one-day tour to the region.

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association General Manager, Jennifer Lynch was eager to showcase the region’s diverse and immersive experiences.

“Hosting 15 of the world’s best sommeliers in McLaren Vale within one year, let alone one day was an incredible opportunity in itself, which presented an exciting chance to demonstrate our wine region’s generous hospitality and world-class food and wine offering,” said Ms Lynch.

“Adelaide - South Australia’s admission into the Great Wine Capitals Global Network has reaffirmed our State – and our region’s - reputation for producing premium, world-class wines – a driving factor in attracting wine tourism visitors.

“We hope our guests leave with an ignited appreciation and love for our region – and we hope they share that with their colleagues and networks.”

The group included sommeliers from the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and the Best Sommelier in the World competition, in addition to top sommeliers in Australia and New Zealand.

Wine Australia CEO Andreas Clark is looking forward to engaging with the world’s top sommeliers and emerging talent.

“This event presents a wonderful opportunity for us to engage with sommeliers who are at the top of their game and showcase the sophistication and diversity of Australian wine alongside our unique produce,” said Mr Clark.

“This is the first time we have so many of the world’s best and most influential sommeliers in the country at the same time.

“We look forward to immersing them in our dynamic wine culture and hope they walk away with a refreshed perspective and love of Australian wine.”

Visit highlights included a Shiraz and Cabernet tasting with producers, beach cricket with Vale Brewing, followed by a sunset dinner at the iconic Star of Greece restaurant at Port Willunga.

McLaren Vale’s collaborative nature, unique combination of premium wines and produce – both on farm and on the plate – with a beach lifestyle, guaranteed visitors received a truly unique and welcoming experience.

Media Enquiries:

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

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:

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