It was so lovely to meet journalist Katie Spain last week, and what a wonderful review of our upcoming Label Art Dinner – it sounds like Katie’s looking forward to it as much as we are!

Published on Broadsheet, 31 May 2016
By Katie Spain

The McLaren Vale Sea and Vines Festival’s Label Art Dinner is Mr Squiggle meets Art Attack with a dash of Mad Men and a lot of wine.

On June 10, a group of diners will front up to the Stump Hill Gallery for a three-course meal, as they eat, they’ll decide on a name and design a label for a De Lisio wine.

Fleurieu illustrator John Draper will sketch the ideas as they’re shouted across the room. He says it’s a whole lot of boozy fun. “People start out relatively quiet but by the time the main course arrives they’re pretty well up and running.”

Winemaker Tony De Lisio will guide the brainstorming process and talk increasingly enthusiastic “artists” through four premium wine-tastings. As the evening progresses, so too will the label concept.

“We try to plan what will happen, but when you’ve got a big group of people in front of you and they’re shouting ideas, you can’t predict what type of design will emerge,” he says. “No one really talks about the development of this part of the product. It can be a lot of fun coming up with ideas, [and having] arguments with the designer [about] whether it’ll work when it gets to the printing plates.”

The final design will be used on a new-release cleanskin. Last year’s inaugural event resulted in the label Briar Tuck and The Duellist.

“Tony is the client, I’m the art department,” says Draper. “The creative department is this hotbed of guests. It’s a bit like mustering cats, especially when they all start singing.”

The Label Art Dinner will be held at 7pm on June 10 at Stump Hill Gallery, McLaren Vale. Tickets are $150 and include a six-pack of wine.

Monday 30 May – Sunday 26 June, 10 am – 5 pm Daily
De Lisio Wines Cellar Door, McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, Main Road



Sunday 3 June, 12 noon – 3 pm
Musical entertainment by Chesterfield Brass

Preview our Sea & Vines Sunday Experience band for free, or just enjoy an afternoon on the deck listening to all of your favourite rock, jazz and acoustic hits.

Sunday 12 June, 9 am – 5 pm
Sea & Vines Sunday Experience $30 (+bf)

Enjoy the best our region has to offer in a fun festival atmosphere. Entertainment all day from eight piece band Chesterfield Brass, local organic catering by Garden 2 Kitchen and premium boutique De Lisio wines.

Join us for all three sessions – no traffic, no travel, no lost time on your valuable long weekend. Three is better than one!

Special from 4 pm: $10 pizza + glass of wine
Chilli Prawn OR Margarita Pizza
Pinot Grigio OR Cab Merlot

Monday 13 June, 10 am – 3 pm
The Vale Market FREE ENTRY

Family entertainment, free bouncy castle, over 50 market stalls and a range of food vans.

The perfect laid-back family day out to enjoy a picnic among the vines, with a bottle of premium De Lisio wine.

Sunday 12 June, McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road
Tickets $30 (+bf) book now at:
Buses welcome | Wheelchair Access

Our whole family has so much fun at Sea & Vines every year, and we can’t wait to share the festival fun with you again in 2016.


Breakfast – Two stack buttermilk pancakes served with fresh Alexandrina Cream, jam and maple syrup $6.50

Main – Spiced salt and pepper squid with steak fries and fresh chive aioli $11
Wagyu beef and Goodieson Stout pie with a creamy skordalia mash $11

Session 3 Special – Available from 4pm $10 Pizza and Wine Special, your choice of Chilli Prawn or Vegetarian Pizza, paired with you choice of ‘Argento’ Pinot Grigio or ‘Argento’ Cabernet Merlot.

Dessert – Chaja, a ball of caramel, sponge, vanilla cream, peaches and meringue $7.50


Our full cellar door range plus new releases of our premium 2013 ‘Catalyst’ Shiraz Grenache, and the new 2013 ‘Quarterback’ Red Blend. Lucky 13 again…


If you’re looking for that true Big Band sound as part of your Festival experience look no further than CHESTERFIELD BRASS playing at De Lisio Wines from 9 am – 5 pm.

A highly experienced team of eight of South Australia’s best musical talents will entertain you all day with rock, jazz and acoustic hits, plus all of your favourites, so you can’t help but get up and dance!

Monday 13 June, McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road
FREE ENTRY 10 am – 3 pm

The family fun day of the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines is the perfect day for laid back picnics, local produce, acoustic music and premium wines…all of which you’ll find with De Lisio Wines at The Vale Market!

All of your favourite De Lisio wines from our cellar door range, plus new premium releases available for purchase by the glass or bottle. Tasty, organic cafe menu from Garden 2 Kitchen, and a range of Adelaide’s best food vans.

FREE bouncy castle! Plus over 50 market stalls including local produce, arts, crafts, skincare, accessories, souvenirs, and home wares.

Playing all day is local dynamic duo Turn Back, specialising in Aussie Rock, you’ll hear a mix of acoustic tunes and all of your favourite pop and rock hits.

And, on this LUCKY 13th day of June, we’ll also be running a business card draw throughout the day, giving away a bottle of De Lisio wine every hour to a lucky winner!

We can’t wait to see you there, it’s been too long between holiday Mondays!