Our first long weekend of 2018 is coming up, and as we’ve all made the trip back to work and are preparing for back to school, our summer holidays seem so long ago. That’s why you want to make the Australia Day long weekend really count, whether that’s at the beach, in front of the BBQ, following the cricket or beside the radio.

Australia Day at the winery is the unofficial beginning of vintage, when the grapes start to show their first signs of colour. However, 2018 saw veraison in the first week of January for most blocks, hinting at another early vintage, and showing that the late arrival of vintage in 2017 was an exception, rather than the new norm. Which means that the Australia Day weekend is one of our last chances to get out and see our family and friends, before we’re tucked away at the winery (or tucked up in bed after those late nights and early mornings).

Since being bottled just before Christmas, our Sangiovese Rose has been anything but tucked away. We’ve taken it wherever we go, matching it to seafood and pork, a birthday celebration at the pub, a delicious Webber-cooked chicken and wonderful homemade pizzas. It’s performed outstandingly each time, and we’re very happy with this first foray into the Rose market.

Our Sangiovese Rose is made in the French style with a ruby-red sparkle in colour and a complex astringency in the mouth, taking you from green melon to tart cherry to pink grapefruit. It’s not a sweet wine and it’s not a light wine (not at 14% alcohol), it’s a wine made to show the different paths the Sangiovese grape can take, and how each one has a place at your table.

So, as you make your plans for the Australia Day long weekend don’t forget to restock your wines:

Start Long Weekend Wine Shopping Now
Order the NEW Sangiovese Rose Now

Cheers,
Vanessa De Lisio


Saturday 20 January 2018
The Twilight Vale Market, 4 – 8 pm
Cinema Among the Vines, ‘Night at the Museum 3’, Gold Coin Entry from 6 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale

Happy 2018 De Lisio Wines fans! I hope you enjoyed a relaxing and safe Christmas and New Year. We enjoyed all the usual things, a Christmas tree that took up our entire living room, more seafood than you can poke a stick at – that was until we went down to Wirrina Cove to catch our own and there wasn’t a squid in sight! – and meal after meal with family and friends.

As we all know, we’re officially allowed to continue the holiday vibe until Australia Day, so in the spirit of relaxation and exploration, put your picnic rug back in the car and head over to the Cinema Among the Vines to see ‘Night at the Museum 3’ on Saturday 20 January. Follow Larry Daley and his team of exhibits through the night again, and across the pond as they uncover the secrets of the British Museum.

If you want to do some exploring of your own, head down before the movie for a twilight edition of The Vale Market, where you’ll find all your favourite local stallholders offering homewares, gifts, jewellery and local produce. There will also be free live entertainment, free bouncy castle, and of course the Information Centre’s playground and new adventure play.

De Lisio Wines is once again sponsoring the Cinema Among the Vines, so some of our most popular drops will be available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle to enjoy on what is forecast to be a balmy summer’s night. Food and movie snacks can also be purchased from the café, or you can bring your own picnic (just no BYO alcohol). Hope to see you there.

And if you wanted to make a start on your long weekend wine purchasing, head over to our online cellar door and start shopping now.

Cheers,
Vanessa De Lisio