Monday 2 – Sunday 15 April 2018
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

The Vale Market
Monday 2 April 2018
10 am – 3 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

Welcome to the longest of long weekends – you now have four glorious days to eat, drink, see friends and family and hopefully you don’t have to think about work at all. At De Lisio Wines, we’re doing what we do most Easter long weekends, popping in to see the grapes as they ferment, doing pumpovers twice a day, watching the Baumé levels to tell us the sugar content of the wines, and raising our own sugar content with chocolate and hot cross buns when we can.

We would like to wish you a very happy and safe Easter from the whole De Lisio family, whether you headed off on a mini-holiday, you’re baking up a storm or you’ve decided to tackle that painting project. If you’re looking for something fun and relaxing to do on your holiday Monday, you can join us at our pop-up cellar door at the Visitor Information Centre which will also include over 50 stalls from The Vale Market on the lawns.

The Vale Market on a holiday Monday is always popular with delicious offerings from food trucks, local produce and handmade jewellery, gifts and homewares. There’s also free entertainment, music and buskers, plus a free bouncy castle for the kids. And if you haven’t had a chance to discover it, now’s the time to explore the new adventure play which was unveiled at the Visitor Centre at the end of 2017 – great tactile and energetic fun for the kids.

Our pop-up cellar door will then continue until 15 April, which takes us right up to the last day of Term 2. April also heralds that leisurely run into the cooler months, so whatever the reason you need to re-stock your wine cellar, we’ll be there for you with light relaxing reds like the ‘Puttanesca’ Sangiovese Merlot, warming blends like the NEW 2014 ‘Quarterback’ or the Premium ‘Catalyst’ Shiraz Grenache, and our ever-popular NV Sparkling, which you may want to have on hand to celebrate when the kids go back to school at the end of the month.

As always, the Stump Hill Café will be tempting us with wonderful, fresh housemade treats, and their cheese and antipasto platter is always on the menu if you want to sit on the deck or sprawl on the lawns to enjoy the view, a glass (or bottle) of wine, and escape with some of the best local produce.

Monday 5 – Sunday 18 March 2018
10 am – 5 pm daily (4 pm on weekends)
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

The Vale Market
Monday 12 March 2018
10 am – 3 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

We’re bursting to get into our first pop-up cellar door of 2018 because we have so much to share with you! Since we’ve just melted our way through the last month of Summer, I’ll start with the chilled wines. We have our first ever Rosé, made from Adelaide Hills Sangiovese. The Rosé spent just 18 minutes on skins, which has imparted a bright ruby-red colour. 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.

Still in the fridge we have our new 2017 ‘Argento’ Pinot Grigio which this year is also from the cooler Adelaide Hills climate, giving it greater viscosity and length, with a beautiful floral nose and soft passionfruit and melon flavours. And we have the 2017 ‘Honeypot’ Moscato fresh off the bottling line for you with perfect little refreshing bubbles, and balanced acidity for great complexity. Anthony’s just checking for you that it still mixes well with gin to create a Bombay Kitten cocktail. He’ll let you know tomorrow. Tomorrow afternoon.

We are also running out the last few dozen of our Covert Shiraz and Covert Cabernet Sauvignon to make way for the new 2014 releases, or you could take another peek at the ‘Puttanesca’ Sangiovese Merlot to see whether you prefer the variety as a red or a rosé.

In the middle of our pop-up weeks, the Vale Market is also popping in on the holiday Monday 12 March. All your favourite stallholders and food trucks will be there, plus free children’s entertainment and bouncy castle, and live music.

I’ll also be happy to update you on Vintage 2018, come in and ask me anything!

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.

Vanessa De Lisio

Cheers to a back to back evening of Tour Down Under Breakaway fun, with The Vale Market and Cinema Among the Vines on TONIGHT at the McLaren Vale & Fleurieu Visitor Information Centre.

The Vale Market features local food vans, arts, crafts, jewellery, homewares PLUS a free bouncy castle for the kids. On from 4 pm to 8 pm tonight.

Once you’ve shopped the best of the local stalls, pull up a patch of lawn for a screening of ‘Daddy’s Home’ starring Will Ferrell from 8.45 pm.

De Lisio Wines is serving throughout the Markets and the Movie so drop by for after work drinks, or a wine to match your movie snacks!

Gold coin entry.

TONIGHT! Friday 16 December

Cinema Among the Vines is McLaren Vale’s answer to pairing great De Lisio Wines and local beers with a classic family movie.

Relax on the lawns with a light meal, pre-movie entertainment, send the kids off to enjoy the playground and activities then from the comfort of your deck chair, picnic rug or bean bag enjoy a fantastic twilight movie featuring Will Ferrell – ELF.

Join with friends and family for an entertaining evening under the stars at Cinema Among the Vines!

Gold coin entry. Open from 6 pm, movie starts at sunset.

We are so excited to be working with Jo and Martin at the Vintage Bean Cafe in the Main Road of McLaren Vale. De Lisio Wines are the exclusive wine of the Vintage Bean Cafe, which you can purchase by the glass or by the bottle.

Enjoy a sparkling wine with your breakfast or brunch, warm up with a flagship McLaren Vale red and a delicious burger, or indulge in a sweet afternoon with a Honeypot Moscato and a treat from the dessert case.

We’ll see you there!

Vintage Bean wine list includes:

‘Classic McLaren’ Sparkling NV Chardonnay Pinot Noir

‘Honeypot’ 2015 Sparkling Moscato

‘Classic McLaren’ 2015 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc

‘Argento’ 2013 Cabernet Merlot

‘Quarterback’ 2013 Red Blend

‘The Covert’ 2010 Shiraz