It’s Spring! Let’s have an affair!
For the third year running, McLaren Vale’s Spring Affair Festival will be taking place this October long weekend.
Three of my absolute favourite wineries from the region, Coriole Vineyards, Maxwell Wines and Paxton Wines, will all be celebrating the new season with delicious food, spectacular wines and live music. I cannot wait to head down and celebrate with them!
On Sunday the 2nd of October, the three wineries are all hosting ticketed events.
The Coriole kitchen will be will be dishing out top-notch seasonal flavours (as always) whilst the Troy Loakes Trio and Flavour Stone DJs get into your ears. My wine pick for Spring Affair at Coriole? Their nose-pleasing and mouth-wateringly dry Fiano. Coriole was the first Australian winery to produce Fiano and with around 10 years of experience with this grape now under their belt, they definitely know what they’re doing.
Maxwell’s are having a party! There’ll be live music (think 80’s, 90’s, and today) and a DJ to get you up and dancing. Andre’s Cucina & Polenta Bar will be serving up authentic Italian street food and Sunshine Ice Blocks will be there as well to cool you down once you get off the dance floor. Did I mention that at this year’s Spring Affair event, Maxwell’s will have an Oyster & Bubbles Bar where you can get freshly shucked Coffin Bay oysters and Maxwell’s Envious Sparkling? Make sure you try their Four Roads Old Vine Grenache; it’s full of aniseed’y, raspberry’y goodness.
Paxton, with their “sprawling lush green lawns and views for days”, are all about the good times and fun party vibes for this year’s Spring Affair Festival. Local cover band Full Circle will get you in the party mood whilst Cargo Catering Co, Taste of Spain and Coffee & Crepes will fill up your bellies with lots of food-cart goodness. May I recommend Paxton’s juicy, chocolatey and lingeringly delicious MV Shiraz?
Take your pick!
You can take your pick of the three and settle in for the day for $20 or, if you prefer, buy a ‘choose your own adventure’ ticket for $30 and visit all of them. For those who want to leave the car at home and enjoy the Spring Affair Festival with their own personal driver, a collection of local pubs will have you covered. They’re organising packaged tours for $65 which includes return luxury coach transfers from Adelaide, entry to the three wineries and a take-home wine glass.
On Monday the 3rd, entry to all three wineries is free and they each have a raft of fun activities for the kids including bouncy castles, face painting, native wildlife shows, treasure hunts through a maze and sumo suits! You also have the option of pre-booking for Monday for $10, which gets you a Spring Affair glass and your first pour of wine.
I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the arrival of Spring! See you there?
Sunday the 2nd and Monday the 3rd of October.
At any or all of the three wineries I mentioned above. Head to the Spring Affair web site to get more information and to buy tickets.
This post is sponsored by Spring Affair.