Cellar Door Wine Festival 2011- Adelaide

28 Feb

The people came in droves. Tongues salivating. Cases of wine piled on top of one another, anxiously peering at the crowds . Eagerly awaiting their hour of glory. This, was the 2011 Cellar Door Wine Festival Adelaide officially in full swing.

South Australia saw its first state wine festival at the Adelaide Convention Centre this past weekend. Throughout the two and a half days, over 100 wine representatives from all corners of SA congregated under one roof and drank to its local pride. Sectioned according to wine region, it was essentially a massive gathering of “cellar doors” hailing from wineries throughout the state.

The sheer variety of wine on offer was dizzying and each one was faced with a grave dilemma; of wanting to taste absolutely everything, yet realising the impossibility of appreciating them all. Ah, the perpetual tension between desire and practicality.

Upon arrival, each entrant was presented with a “passport” (our exhibition bible), a $5 token for a full glass of wine and a Smart Car competition entry – all curled up into a Riedel glass purposed for the days’ tastings. And with that, we were off – touring the wine  regions of SA, free to taste to our hearts’ content. We started off with whites, which slowly evolved into rich reds. Sampling the Reislings of Clare Valley, then ambling through the Langhorne Creek. Learning of the Riverland’s yield, and through to the Southern Fleurieu. Relishing Coonawarra, and the Limestone Coast. Then finally, picked our way through the Adelaide Hills, Eden Valley, McLaren Vale and Barossa.

Big labels rubbed shoulders with obscure wineries and it made for an extremely educational outing (think Wolf Blass, Penfolds and d’Arenberg standing alongside the likes of Battle of Bosworth and Tomfoolery). How gratifying it was to experiment the offerings of smaller producers as well as converse to the characters behind the counters.

The only real issue of the day: that spittoons (where you empty out your wine or spit after tasting) were not getting emptied out. Halfway through the afternoon, we were experiencing some serious splash-back action. How refreshing.

The “Regional Farmers Market” (food court) was a saving grace as the appetites of many were stirred after tastings. We gave our tastebuds a much needed rest and settled our bums on milk crates amongst the fleet of communal tables, all adorned in full country fashion with sackcloths and potted plants.

Many spent much of their day attending Masterclasses held by industry/wine gurus. These were small classes of about 30, and were unfortunately sold out very early. But some of the interesting ones that caught my eye were the chocolate & wine pairings, microbrewery glass tastings and SA’s Regional Classics with Tony Love.

But no matter! There’s always next year, and the year after, and after, and after… So if you missed out on this year’s event, keep an eye out for the next Cellar Door Wine Fest Adelaide!

We wait, with bated breath and expectant goblets.

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4 Responses to “Cellar Door Wine Festival 2011- Adelaide”

  1. JM February 28, 2011 at 4:14 am #

    Drooooooooooooool…. Thirsty! Any drop remarkable enough to review? =)..

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full February 28, 2011 at 11:15 am #

      Hmm..perhaps i may.. took short notes on all d wines we tasted, but it was still a LOT of tasting in 1 day. We can try popping by one of the places when u come round. McLaren:)

  2. JM February 28, 2011 at 12:04 pm #

    Oh, do let’s!

  3. Giovanna Toldi September 5, 2011 at 10:06 am #

    Point taken about the spittoons! Thansk for the positive comments though, we promise an even better 2012 edition – stay tuned http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cellar-Door-Wine-Festival-Adelaide/229911743720312 🙂

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