By Melissa Keogh
Next month’s Cellar Door Fest will welcome the South Australian wine industry’s newest talents in the first-time installation of the Emerging Winemakers Kitchen Table.
Among internationally renowned brands and well-established boutique labels will be 20 emerging winemakers’ drops from regions across the state.
Now in its eighth year, the festival will run from March 2–4 at the Adelaide Convention Centre and will also showcase more than 180 South Australian wineries, breweries, distilleries and food producers.
Local wine hero and Cellar Door Fest ambassador, Paul Henry, will host the Emerging Winemakers Kitchen Table, a free event that gives visitors a chance to sample a series of new drops.
Paul, who runs Winehero and is a driving force behind Adelaide’s membership within the Great Wine Capitals Network, shared with Brand SA News three notable new players in SA wine.
“SA is the engine room of the whole Australian wine industry,” he says.
“So whether you’re from an internationally recognised brand like Jacob’s Creek or you’re a 23-year-old from a fourth-generation (wine) family and have had a passion for something you’ve seen in your travels – what businesses always need are interesting people coming into the wine market.”
See the full Emerging Winemakers list here.
Paul Henry’s Top three emerging winemakers
Ashley and Holly Ratcliff are behind Ricca Terra Farms which over the years has grown grapes for some of the country’s greatest names in wine.
Now the pair have launched their own label, Ricca Terra Vintners, exploring interesting varieties suitable to the Riverland’s dry climate.
“They’re doing some fantastic things with Vermentino and Nero d’Avola,” Paul says.
This small batch winery is led by winemaker Turon White who sources fruit from the top vineyards within the Hills.
Paul says Turon Wines is “making some really beautiful field blends”, but their creative packaging is also to be admired.
“The labels are done by a local artist to create an image to reflect the individuality of the wine,” Paul says.
After making top wines for other winemakers, Jo Irvine recently launched her own luxury brand inspired by her long love of rescued greyhound dogs.
“I won’t give too much away,” says Paul.
“But it’s the sparkling brut I’m particularly fascinated by.”
Make your way to the Emerging Winemakers district at the following times to secure a spot at the ‘kitchen table’; Friday March 2, 7pm & 8pm, Saturday March 3, 1pm & 3pm or Sunday March 4, 1pm & 3pm.
The complete Cellar Door Fest is on Friday March 2, 5–9pm, Saturday March 3, 11am–6pm, and Sunday March 4, 11am–6pm.
The festival will also include long table dining experiences, masterclasses, a new interactive DIY series and Food, Booze + Dancing Shoes on the Friday from 8pm – midnight.
Check out ticket information and the full program by following this link.
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