Coonawarra wineries showcased in big city

Coonawarra wineries took off to Adelaide for Cellar Door in the City on Sunday, held at the National Wine Centre.

The special one-day event gave Adelaide a chance to taste some of the finest wines the Coonawarra region has to offer, presented by 27 of Coonawarra’s premium producers.

Coonawarra Vignerons Events and Marketing Officer Heidi Eldridge said the event showcased the variety and versatility of the Coonawarra and was an opportunity for wineries to connect with their customers and meet them face-to-face.

“It allows them to see how broad the range and offering is,” Ms Eldridge said.

Wine lovers enjoyed a variety of wines from reds and whites to sparkling and rosé. Ms Eldridge said the event involved both small and large producers. Attendees received a glass upon entry and could taste as many wines as they desired.

Wines were paired with paella for the first session, which Ms Eldridge said was beautiful and flavourful and people feasted on a charcuterie board during the afternoon session with delicious cheese, meats and nibbles.

A masterclass was held in conjunction with the roadshow, an exclusive opportunity for 30 wine connoisseurs such as wine makers and wine writers to indulge in very rare wines from world-famous wine regions.

The ‘2010 Vintage of the Century Masterclass’ was presented by renowned wine critic and wine writer Nick Stock and Wynn’s winemaker Sarah Pidgeon. Attendees partook in a blind wine tasting, evaluated each one and discussed results.

Ms Eldridge said it had been a long time since they could host roadshow events and it made them excited for the year to come, bringing more events like this to cities in South Australia and interstate.

Coonawarra Vignerons Executive Officer Ockert Le Roux said it was a great opportunity for Adelaide residents to discover new wineries.

Due to capacity restrictions, the day was split into two sessions.

Mr Le Roux said Cellar Door in the City was the biggest event they had held since COVID began.

“Everyone was just pleased to have the Coonawarra region back in Adelaide,” he said.

“It was good to see old friends coming through and enjoying Coonawarra wines.”

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