Cellar Dwellers returns to showcase Coonawarra’s wine treasures

During the month of July, Coonawarra wineries are delving into the depths of their cellars to reveal age-old treasures, offering visitors a rare opportunity to taste and buy back vintage, special release and aged wine.

“Cellar Dwellers is a very special time of the year when Coonawarra Cellar Doors bring out some truly outstanding wines to provide the public with some memorable tasting experiences that only occur in July,’’ said Heidi Eldridge, Events and Marketing Officer at Coonawarra Vignerons.

This year’s program will again see a range of unique cellar door tasting experiences offered with 20 wineries participating to showcase the breadth and depth of Coonawarra wines, with the warmth and hospitality that the region is renowned for.  From comparative wine tastings over a 10 year period, to museum release wines from very old or selected vineyards, and even the chance to warm up with a mulled wine or rare 50 year old tawny port, there is a wide selection of Cellar Door experiences being offered.Like many events and festivals scheduled in 2020, the Cellar Dwellers program of events has been affected by the circumstances surrounding COVID19. “Typically, the Cellar Dwellers program is packed full, with an array of unique food and wine events adding to the cellar door tasting experiences – including dinners, lunches and weekend celebrations.  Unfortunately given the restrictions that have been in place in the lead up to this month’s event, we have seen the withdrawal of a number of these feature events,” said Ms Eldridge.

Those that remain, will be even more popular with bookings highly recommended to avoid disappointment.

This weekend Bowen Estate’s Winemaker Emma Bowen is teaming up with her brother, Head Chef, Simon to present the 14th Annual Symbolic Siblings Degustation Dinner at Pipers of Penola – Saturday 4th July.

Blok Coonawarra’s High Tea at Home Takeaway pack.

Fans of the Blok Coonawarra High Tea will be able to indulge on the homemade sweet and savoury delights from the comfort of their homes with the release of The Blok Coonawarra limited-edition High Tea take-home packs. The High Tea boxes are available for pre-order the first two weekends of the month, 4+5 + 11+12th July. Find out more here. 

Raidis Estate are looking forward to getting the party started with live music by Ben Hood at their Back Vintage Bar going ahead on Saturday 18th July.  And finally, Koonara Wines will be transforming their Cellar Door into a restaurant setting later this month to host an intimate dinner with Owner Dru Reschke – Friday 24th July.

There are also several wineries offering food and wine combo’s on weekends at their cellar doors including DiGiorgio Family Wines serving Beef & Cabernet Pies, Patrick of Coonawarra serving hearty Stroganoff, and Zema Estate serving delicious Italian style Paninis.

Locals and visitors alike are encouraged to visit Coonawarra during July to taste for themselves why Coonawarra wines are renowned the world over for their outstanding quality, flavour and cellaring abilities.

To see what’s on offer throughout the month check out the Cellar Dwellers Event Page or view the PDF program.

For more information contact individual cellar doors listed in the program or the CGWI at marketing@coonawarra.org

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