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Bird in Hand Winery, Adelaide Hills

Bird in Hand is a family owned winery located in the heart of the stunning Adelaide Hills just outside Woodside. The winery is well known by South Australian wine lovers for their fabulous selection of cool climate wines.  In addition to their talent and passion for producing fine wine, Bird in Hand also have a demonstrated track record of contributing to the local and international cultural arts scene.

There are not a lot of places in the world, let alone wineries, which are as inviting as Elderton in the Barossa. As soon as I walked in the door I just wanted to find a spot on one of the beautiful couches to curl up next to the fire with a glass of delicious Shiraz. I felt like I walked into the home of a favourite auntie and was about to experience the best bit of family time. I think I picked up the vibe of this location perfectly - family seems to be the magic word, and the Elderton Ashmead family makes sure you feel like part of theirs.

Dudley Brown and Irina Santiago-Brown are mid-life converts to winegrowing and winemaking. After leaving overseas careers in high tech and government to move to Australia they’ve since become fanatical wine industry participants.  

There’s an energy about some places which simply draws you in - a cheeky, light-hearted and genuine spirit that is simply, enchanting. With its spectacular views over rolling vineyards to the coast and the Lloyd family at the helm, Coriole vineyards is one such place.

The history of Penfolds and how Grange came to be sounds like a proper mystery novel. Years of secret winemaking by Max Schubert leading to one of the most iconic South Australian wines, the rise of its intriguing counterpoint found in St. Henri Shiraz, and a thriving wine business led by a women (in possession of a lock of Rob Roys hair) not much unlike the Grande Dame at the wheel of Veuve Clicquot.

South Australia’s McLaren Vale wine region, just 35 minutes south of Adelaide City, has a strong tradition to celebrate the commencement of harvest. Held at Wirra Wirra, one of McLaren Vales oldest and most significant wineries, the annual McLaren Vale Bell Ringing Ceremony and Districts Tasting heralds the beginning of a new vintage. It’s a special event allowing winemakers and cellar staff from around the region to get together for one last time before vintage kicks off in earnest, and they spend many long days, weeks and months in their wineries.

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Heads up: the words ‘wine tourism’ always scare me a little bit. I have two images pop up in my mind when I see these two words strung together, and personally I do not think either of them is very pretty.

During the last decade or two, wine and food have finally coalesced into a harmonious experience for Australians. No longer do we associate fine dining with indoor spaces, pressed napkins and an array of cutlery. Our food industry features the best of what South Australia has to offer in locally-sourced fresh produce and showcases it in al fresco settings in the city, country regions and at our cellar doors.

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