9 Hot Long Weekend Activities in McLaren Vale

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9 Hot Long Weekend Activities in McLaren Vale


It will be hot, hot, hot this October Long Weekend in McLaren Vale. 

There are no less than 8 diverse wine and food events on around town. 

Here is our pick of the bunch:


d’Arenberg Sunday Sundowner

How Much? $10 including souvenir glass.

When? Sunday October 2nd; 4-8pm

What to Expect? Enjoy wine by the glass and bottle, play a bit of bocce, DJ Ryley will keep the beats spinning and there’ll be food by the truck-ful. 

d'Arenberg Sunday Sundowner



 2. Angove Wood Oven Pizzas

 How Much? $18 a pizza, wine by the glass or bottle.

When? Sunday October 2nd, Monday October 3rd; 12-4pm

What to Expect?

Food – Wood Oven Pizza from Mullygrub

Angove Pizza


 Choose as many pizzas as you like for only $18 per pizza

 1 – Tomato, Pesto, Kalamata Olive, Jamon, Fresh Mozzarella
 2 – Smoked Lamb, Pea, Spanish Onion, Feta, Fresh Mozzarella
 3 – Roast Pumpkin, Pine Nut, Artichoke, Thyme, Fresh Mozzarella
 4 – SA Prawns, Chili, Roquette, Fennel, Lemon, Fresh Mozzarella
 5 – Ham, Cheese, Pineapple, Fresh Mozzarella

GF option available.

Wine – Angove Family Winemakers Mclaren Vale

Live music – Stuart James Day

Bookings Essential!
Phone – 8323 6900



3. Primo Estate Primavera Lunches

How Much? $85 including all food and wine.

When? Sunday October 2nd SOLD OUT!! Monday October 3rd; 12-3pm

What to Expect?

Enjoy a seasonal spring feast at our beautiful McLaren Vale Cellar Door as we celebrate the arrival of the first green shoots in the vineyard. Get a group of friends together and share this long           table lunch featuring newly released Primo Estate wines perfectly paired with a menu of Italian wood oven dishes.


Primo Primavera Lunch

Primavera Menu

NV Primo Estate Sparkling White
Goats Cheese, Pea & Broad Bean Crostini with JOSEPH Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2016 JOSEPH d’Elena Pinot Grigio

Hot Smoked Tasmanian Salmon, Spring Fennel, Apple and Celeriac Remoulade & Buttermilk Brioche

2015 Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sangiovese

Wood Oven Roasted Hay Valley Lamb Saddle, Marscarpone, Porcini & Peas

2016 JOSEPH La Magia Botrytis Riesling Traminer

Lemon Curd Tart with Mascarpone

Just $85 per person including all wines


4. Spring Affair

How Much?

Sunday: “Choose your own adventure” and visit all three wineries in your own vehicle,
OR join an organised tour with a participating Adelaide venue (click on our event listing for the full list: https://www.facebook.com/events/274252669625882/?ti=ia)
OR buy an all-day single winery ticket.

Monday: free entry all day or pre-book a ticket for just $10 including souvenir glass and first pour.

When? Sunday October 2nd & Monday October 3rd; 10.30am – 5pm

What to Expect?

Spring Affair 2016


The food, wine and music festival celebrates the bud burst of spring and enjoying the sunshine with friends. The Festival will be held at Coriole Vineyards, Maxwell Wines and Paxton Wines.

Paxton Wines will be hosting three of Adelaide’s best food trucks for Spring Affair – Cargo Catering Co., The Taste Of Spain and Coffee & Crepes

Maxwell Wines on Sunday will have an Oysters and Bubbles Bar, Sunshine Ice Blocks, and will host Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar‘s Mangia, Mangia mobile eatery. Eats include: Polenta                     chips, Brioche filled with chicken cotoletta, crispy Pancetta, seeded mustard aioli & cos lettuce, House-made Gnocchi with lamb ragu, tomato sugo & parmigiano, Trofie pasta with basil                     pesto, peas, potato & parmigiano.

 Coriole Vineyards will host Poh Ling Yeow and her Jamface team, The Coriole Kitchen, and coffee & cakes by From Humble Grounds.

Head to http://www.springaffair.com.au for all the details and to book your ticket!


5. Shottesbrook Afternoon Delights

How Much? $15 for adults & $5 for kids. Grab your tickets through TryBooking : trybooking.com/212570

When? Sunday October 2nd 11am – 5pm

What to Expect?

Food – Wine – Live Music – Kids Activities – Face Painting

Shottesbrooke Winery & Cellar Door, Bagshaws Rd, McLaren Flat

Live Music by The Baker Suite
Food by The Currant Shed
Wine by Shottesbrooke Wines
Face painting by Kidz R Kool Party Entertainment

Shottesbrooke Afternoon Delights


      6. Alpha Box & Dice Picnic Ale Pre-Launch

How Much? Free. Wine by the Glass or bottle & food available.

When? Sunday October 2nd 10am – 5pm

What to Expect?

Picnic Ale Launch Alpha Box & Dice


 Taste the new Picnic Ale from Mismatch Brewing Company exclusively at AB&D Cellar Door on Sunday October 2.

Food by Hommus Where The Heart Is.

 Live entertainment line-up to be announced very soon.

Wine tastings $10 all day.

Inquiries: i@alphaboxdice.com / 8323 7750



7. Alpha Box & Dice Fun Rays

How Much? Entry Only: $20. Return Bus + Entry: $40. Tickets: www.bit.lyFunRays1

When? Sunday October 2nd 4.30pm – 9pm

What to Expect?

An afternoon turned evening awash with disco and vino in our very own world famous wine region, McLaren Vale. Partnering up with one of SA’s happiest wine crews, Alpha Box & Dice, we              will dance amongst the vines ’til late under October’s new moon. Insert outragesouly large soundsystem and sunshine, apply liquor & enjoy.

Alpha Box & Dice Fun Rays Vine

Wines: Alpha Box & Dice
Food: Hommus Where The Heart Is
Audio: L-Acoustics & Novatech Creative Event Technology
Tunes: Young Muscle DJs, Paradise Loft Records & WARREN RAWW



How Much? Free, wine by the glass or bottle.

When? Monday October 3nd 10am – 5pm

What to Expect?Alpha Box & Dice Doge Day Afternoon


 Alpha Box & Dice would like to invite all friendly, well-trained and kindly-mannered doggos and their humans to join them at their Cellar Door on Monday October 3, Labor Day Public                       Holiday.

Leashes and best behaviour are a must.

Mismatch Brewing Company will be visiting with some special treats (not for dogs).

Special guests – Greyhound Adoption Program SA ~http://www.gapsa.org.au/ – will be on-site with some adopted greyhounds for pats and plays, providing information about how you can              become involved in helping out greyhounds in need.

It’s kinda like a dog park with wine..


9. Kay Brothers 2014 Block 6 Shiraz Lunch

How Much? $80.

When? Sunday October 2nd 12pm

What to Expect?

As we launch the 2014 Block 6 Shiraz and invite Amery Club members to join Duncan (viticulturist and winemaker), Michael and Josh to walk to the place where it all began – the legendary vineyard planted in 1892. You will learn about the uniqueness of the site, geology and why it makes one of the most iconic Shiraz in the country.  The visit will take about 40 minutes (appropriate footwear is essential) and will start at 12pm sharp.


Lunch will be a gourmet BBQ served by Glen Carr of Dine Catering, and includes one glass of 2014 Block 6 Shiraz among other favourites – please note that tickets are $80 and include lunch.

Main Course
Grain fed black angus scotch fillet, rosemary, black pepper, garlic baby lamb rump, tarragon, Dijon mustard, thyme
Roasted cocktail potatoes, rosemary, garlic steamed green beans
Char-grilled asparagus, egg, parmesan, truffle oil
Lemon curd tart with vanilla mascarpone.

This event will be limited to 30 people so make sure you get in early. Please visit the Try Booking link for tickets.


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