While few things are continuing as normal in these unprecedented times, the De Lisio family wants you to know we will continue shipping our online orders. Simply shop online as usual and we will make sure you receive a contactless delivery of your wine as soon as possible (please allow some extra time for delivery due to the increased demand on couriers).

And a big shout out to the posties and couriers who are helping to keep small business and e-commerce going during the pandemic.

Thank you for your support, stay safe, #stayhome and we look forward to seeing you on the other side.

Vanessa De Lisio

This June long weekend we’re giving you a whole new way to experience De Lisio Wines with 3 FREE events:

1. One Day Cellar Door Experience
Saturday 8 June, 10 am – 4 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, 796 Main Road
An intimate wine tasting on the Saturday of the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival this free event offers you a one-on-one experience to sit down with the De Lisio Wines family and taste through the entire range. Join us in the beautiful surroundings of the timber, rammed earth and stone Cellar Door, overlooking the vines and the rolling hills of Magnificent McLaren Vale. The Cellar Door and event is family friendly, including children’s’ activities and menu.

2. Laid Back Sunday Session
Sunday 9 June, 10 am – 4 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, 796 Main Road

Sit back and relax in comfort and style this long weekend with De Lisio Wines. Free entry, live music and a special menu from the award-winning Stump Hill Café. Choose your favourite spot, in front of the fire, touring the gallery or against the backdrop of vines. Four-piece band Cruse Control, lead by husband and wife team Marly and Natalie Cruse, will be playing from 11.30 am – 3.30 pm. Full range of De Lisio wine available by the glass or bottle all day. The Cellar Door and event is family friendly, including children’s’ activities and menu.

3. De Lisio Wines at the Vale Market
Monday 10 June, 10 am – 3 pm
McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, 796 Main Road
Monday’s McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival family day will include over 50 market stalls on the lawns and in the Stump Hill Gallery, offering local produce, arts, crafts, skincare, jewellery, souvenirs and homewares, plus free children’s entertainment, adventure play and free bouncy castle. Bring your picnic rug and enjoy the local foods and produce from the markets or the offerings from South Australia’s best food vans, matched to a bottle of boutique De Lisio wine. Be entertained by Turn Back, playing all your favourite pop and rock hits, acoustic tunes and setting a relaxed and fun backdrop for a family day out.

We hope to see you there on 1, 2 or all 3 of the days of this magnificent long weekend!

Vanessa De Lisio


Sunday Experience, 9 June 2019, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale
10.30 am – 5 pm BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL

UPDATE: Sunday 9 June 2019, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale

Monday Markets, 10 June 2019, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale

There are few things better than that slightly confused feeling you get on a long weekend, where you’re not quite sure what day it is, but you are sure it’s not a work day! If we could bottle that feeling for you we would, instead we’ve done the next best thing and made sure your favourite bottles of De Lisio wine will be available over the June long weekend.

The menu for our Sunday guests has been crafted by the award-winning Stump Hill Café:

2-stack of golden hotcakes with maple syrup and Alexandrina cream
Battered flathead with chips
Crispy Cajun chicken strips, served with chipotle slaw
Kids fish & chips
Kids nuggets & chips
Freshly baked homemade desserts, muffins, brownies
(Vegan and gluten free available)

The music will be perfectly paired with your food and wine experience so you can sit back, chill out or get up and dance with Cruse Control playing on Sunday from 11.30 am – 3.30 pm, and Turnback Duo playing on Monday from 10 am – 3 pm.

Monday’s family free day will include over 50 market stalls on the lawns offering local produce, arts, crafts, skincare, jewellery, souvenirs and homewares, plus free children’s entertainment, adventure play and free bouncy castle. Bring your picnic rug and enjoy the local foods and produce from the markets or the offerings from South Australia’s best food vans, matched to a bottle of boutique De Lisio wine.

See you in magnificent McLaren Vale on our biggest weekend of the year!
Vanessa De Lisio

Dinner in the Dark by Can Do 4 Kids
Friday 15 June
National Wine Centre

We are lucky enough to be involved in our third Dinner in the Dark event tonight, where over 400 guests will sit down to a four-course meal they know nothing about! If our previous years’ experiences are anything to go by we are sure to be in for a gourmet meal from the talented team at the National Wine Centre, which Winemaker Anthony De Lisio has paired with four of his favourite wines on our hosted table.



It’s amazing each year to hear about the inspiring work Can Do 4 Kids does for families and the brave children who aren’t going to let anything stand in their way.

Yes – we eat with the blindfolds on, and yes – it’s exactly as difficult as it sounds! But that’s just part of the fun of the night, which will also include musical entertainment, live and silent auctions, not to mention the Wall of Wine – where we choose a number at random and are awarded with a bottle from one of the generous sponsors of the night.


If you already have your tickets to this great event then we’ll ‘see’ you there. If not, consider joining us next year for a wonderful cause.

Vanessa De Lisio


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

Here we are at Valentine’s Day again, and before you scoff at it as just a day invented to sell greeting cards and chocolate, remember that the history of the day is founded in the legend of someone who was willing to fight, and die, for love.

Between the second and eighth century, Valentine was a popular name, as the Latin word Valentinus means worthy, strong and powerful. Therefore, there is some debate about who the real Saint Valentine, really was. One of the most popular accounts is of a Roman priest in the time of Emperor Claudius. During the time Valentine was a priest, marriage between young people was forbidden. The Emperor believed unmarried men were better soldiers as they were unaffected by the thought of dying as they had no wife or children waiting for them at home. It was Valentine who married young couples in secret, until he was discovered and imprisoned then tortured, before being sentenced to death.

During his incarceration, Valentine met a man named Asterius, whose daughter was blind. Valentine prayed with Asterius’ daughter, and her blindness was cured. The last note Valentine wrote before his death sentence was carried out was to Asterius’ daughter, and it was signed ‘from your Valentine’. Valentine was then executed on 14 February, late in the third century.

Valentine is now the patron saint of lovers, and it is in his name that we take a much-needed pause to appreciate the love of our life, and all those we love in our lives. While we are reflecting on the people we love, Valentine’s Day also marks the beginning of Lent this year, a time to reflect on our lives as a whole and make a change to something we could improve about ourselves, even if only for 40 days.


What are you giving up for Lent this year? Is it chocolate? Caffeine? Or dare I suggest…alcohol?? If you are making the ‘ultimate’ sacrifice, order up now so you have something to look forward to on Easter Sunday. Or perhaps with its fortuitous timing, you’ll use Lent as an opportunity to reflect on something about yourself, or something about your relationship that you want to change for a better year ahead. Think of it as a second chance at those New Year’s resolutions!

Happy Valentine’s Day. Love,
Vanessa De Lisio

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

Vanessa De Lisio

Monday 16 – Sunday 29 October 2017
10 am – 5 pm daily (4 pm on weekends)
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, Main Road

When I work at our pop up cellar door, there are the questions I always expect to answer, and then there are ALWAYS ones I’ve never heard before! Like…

“How many bunches of grapes does it take to make a bottle of wine?”

Now, I knew he was asking because he wanted to know how many bunches he’d need to make a bottle of his own wine in his backyard…but in case you’re curious, if we’re talking about Shiraz for example (since it is the most widely planted variety in South Australia, and McLaren Vale), it would take about 10 bunches of grapes to make one bottle.

That’s also if we’re talking about making the wine in the De Lisio style of winemaking, as the extraction methods used by different winemakers will affect the amount of juice each bunch will produce.

“How is the health of the bees in McLaren Vale?”


Shamefully I’d never really thought much about the role of the bees in McLaren Vale, but that is the plight of bees all over the world – working hard to help our food, our flowers and our entire planet flourish, yet being taken for granted.
I’d also never thought of a grapevine as a flowering plant in the same way you think about an almond blossom giving way to the almonds, or the flowers on a lemon tree becoming lemons. However, grapevines have flowers just like all other fruiting plants, and you’ll see those delicate flowers just before they turn into grapes. Budburst will occur around the time you’ll see me back at the Pop Up Cellar Door at the Visitor Information Centre, then towards the end of the year you’ll see (if you look closely enough) the flowers on the vine, which will then become fruit.

“Do you put the honey in there?”

Still on the theme of bees, people often ask about the name of our ‘Honeypot’ Moscato. No, there’s not actually honey in there, honey is just one of the flavour characteristics which comes from the fermentation of the Frontignac grape.

The same goes for all of our wines, while you may be able to pick out the red berry, the anise, the leather or the chocolate flavours, we haven’t added any of these things. The flavours in the wines are all there naturally, all we do is allow for the natural fermentation of the grapes and their natural concentration in barrel, where they can pick up flavours from the oak.

“What’s Shiraz?”

Yes, people ask me this at cellar door all the time, and no, they’re not from another planet. Often they’re from Europe, where because of our Aussie accent and the different spelling, they don’t recognise their Syrah grape in its Australian incarnation.

Shiraz and Syrah are the same grape varietal, but they result in a different style of wine because of the differences in old world and new world winemaking techniques, and of course weather and soil differences.

“What does the A.D. stand for?”
Actually another one I’m asked all the time, but it’s an important answer to show the De Lisio style and philosophy. A.D. are the winemaker’s initials, Anthony De Lisio, and it comes from this quote:

‘For a winemaker to lend his name to a wine it becomes personal. Share my taste.’

“Why are the vines planted in that direction?”

One savvy visitor to our region noticed that the direction of the vineyard rows differed from block to block. Having been involved with the De Lisio family after they planted their vines, and only in the years of picking, pruning and vineyard management, I assumed the rows were planted in the direction which gave the easiest access for the tractors and harvesters. This is true, but it’s not the only factor.

It is rare to see terraced vineyards in McLaren Vale, because the undulations make for too tight turns between the terraced rows. The other factor in the direction of the rows is of course the sun. Traditionally, and where possible, vines are planted east to west (or west to east, ha, ha) to maximise the amount of sun the vines see each day.

“What are those big chocolate balls?”

Those, dear tourist, are Fruchocs, which are only the greatest South Australian treat around. Not only are Fruchocs a ball of milky chocolate, they’re filled with a soft, tart apricot and peach filling, making this delicious treat practically a health food.

Plus, in the main street of McLaren Vale is the Fruchocs factory, where you can see all of the old production line machinery used to create these sweet treats. And if you pick up the McLaren Vale Visitor Guide from the Visitor Information Centre, you’ll find a Fruchocs voucher inside!

I always recommend Fruchocs as the perfect South Aussie souvenir for visitors to take home…after the wine of course.

And yes, those BIG chocolate balls are the GIANT Fruchocs!

“Why is it called the Fleurieu?”


While the Barossa has a strong German influence and McLaren Vale is rife with Italian immigrants (yes, that’s us), our region was actually named in honour of a French navigator.

In 1802 Matthew Flinders and Nicolas Baudin met in Encounter Bay, now known as Victor Harbor, Flinders on the Investigator and Baudin on La Géographe. While Flinders charted the coastline, and named Cape Jervois and other points, Baudin named the Peninsula in honour of the French navigator and Minister of Marine, Charles, Count of Fleurieu. However, the name Fleurieu Peninsula was not formally adopted until 1913.

This is one of the reasons I love spending time behind the bar at cellar door, because I do know the answers to most of your questions, and when I don’t, we both learn something!

See you in October when I’m sure you’ll have all new questions ready for me. Cheers,
Vanessa De Lisio

Clark Island, Sydney Harbour
Friday 10 – Sunday 12 November, 2017

Anthony and I love to visit Sydney, in fact, when we were there in September 2016 we enjoyed a night climb of the Sydney Harbour Bridge. The climb was an amazing tour with an even more amazing view. However, little did we know that if we’d looked far off into the distance, just outside of Double Bay, we would have gotten a bird’s eye view of the venue for Wine Island – Clark Island.


Also getting a bird’s eye view is Percy the Pelican, the Fesitval’s mascot, who has welcomed De Lisio Wines to Wine Island in 2017. The Wine Island Festival runs from Friday 10 to Sunday 12 November, where guests enjoy a ferry ride (complete with a glass of sparkling for the journey) to Clark Island where they can relax and enjoy the best of island life – food, wine, music, sun and beach chairs!


Local and international wineries will be on show and we’re looking forward to meeting some sun-kissed Sydney-siders and sharing some of our new release wines perfect for an island weekend.

To keep informed of ticket release dates go to www.wineisland.com.au.

Cheers, and see you on the island…
Vanessa De Lisio

We’re now past the midpoint of winter! In honour of now being on the fun side of the winter solstice we’re giving away a special July Celebration Dozen containing…

1 x Honeypot Moscato
1 x Classic McLaren Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
2 x 2016 Semillon Sauvignon Blanc
2 x 2016 Grenache
2 x 2015 Puttanesca Sangiovese Merlot
2 x 2013 Argento Cabernet Merlot
1 x 2013 Quarterback Red Blend
1 x 2010 Covert Cabernet Sauvignon

Now for the good news: on Monday 31 July we’re going to pull a name out of the hat at random and one lucky email subscriber will have this special dozen delivered to his or her doorstep with our compliments! (Sensible terms and conditions apply, of course.)

To be in with a chance to win just sign up to our Wine Club. If you’re already a member (thanks!) your name is already in the draw. Good luck!