McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival, Sunday 11 June 2017
McLaren Vale Visitor Information Centre, 796 Main Road, McLaren Vale

As Adelaide belts out one last sunny day, it’s hard to believe that the McLaren Vale Sea & Vines Festival is just around the corner. If you’ve been living under a rock, or have just been out enjoying the sunshine, I’m here to tell you that tickets went ON SALE TODAY!

Sunday Experience tickets are already selling like hotcakes, and speaking of hotcakes, have you seen our brand new menu for this year? You can start with fluffy buttermilk hotcakes, or jump straight into our ‘SEA & BOVINE’ menu featuring a signature seafood dish to celebrate the beach lifestyle of McLaren Vale, as well as delicious locally sourced beef dishes, or just pair a cheese platter with your wine.



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


Spiced salt and pepper squid with steak fries and fresh chive aioli $12 GF

Delicately seasoned Thai beef salad served medium rare $12

Chunky beef and Shiraz pie $6


House made flourless orange and almond cake served with Alexandrina Cream $6.50 GF

Individual cheese platter with Alexandrina Gouda, Adelaide Hills Brie, Brian’s Olives, antipasto and crackers $12

(Vegetarian and vegan alternatives available.)

We’ll also have eight-piece Chesterfield Brass entertaining you from 9 am to 5 pm, and if you’re a regular at the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre you’ll know that Chesterfield will instantly make you want to get up and dance. Chesterfield will even get you involved just like they did with this group at last year’s Festival … very ‘SMOOTH’.

So if you think you can shake it with the band, or you just want to enjoy premium McLaren Vale food and wine amongst the vines, then secure your tickets now.

Can’t wait to see you there!
Cheers, Vanessa De Lisio

At De Lisio Wines we pride ourselves on offering premium wines with personality. Our wines are complex and elegantly made using traditional methods and the individual adjustments you can only find in a truly boutique winery. That’s why we love sharing our story with you personally at tastings and events, and we’re so excited to be doing that in New York City this May!

Thanks to the Beverage Trade Network, over 2,000 importers, distributors, restaurateurs, sommeliers and media will be tasting through the beer, wine and spirits from producers from over 22 countries. On May 16 and 17 we’ll be at the Metropolitan Pavilion showcasing our most popular labels and new releases, and sharing the stories of our wines.

Tickets are now on sale, so we hope to see you there.

This was the second year we’ve been a part of the Cellar Door Fest at the Adelaide Convention Centre and we had a blast once again. The three day festival brought over 10,000 wine lovers from across South Australia and even international visitors, and we loved sharing our story with all of them.

On show across the weekend were the ever-popular ‘Honeypot’ Moscato, and the distinctive ‘Argento’ Pinot Grigio. Our new release of the ‘La Puttanesca’ Sangiovese Merlot was a popular choice as our guests imagined sitting down with a glass next to their favourite pasta dish. After a big order from one of our favourite clients in Denmark, the ‘Quarterback’ wasn’t available at the 2016 festival, but made up for that this year. One of the standouts for most popular wine, the branding draws in even Aussies who are following American Football more and more, while the seamless complexity of the blend keeps them hooked!

The 2010 ‘Coverts’ are drinking beautifully at the moment and were excellent examples of the straight varietals which have made McLaren Vale world-famous. Keep looking over your shoulder as there’s a 2014 release of ‘The Covert’ coming soon.

Grenache is still a very polarising variety, and has such huge variances between price points and winemakers. This is one of the reasons our Shiraz Grenache blend is called ‘Catalyst’ because we want it to ignite the debate around this intriguing and often misunderstood variety, as well as allow you to experience the best of wine blending. From our premium range the 2013 ‘Catalyst’ is an investment that will reward you in just a few years with a highly developed wine.

Speaking of Grenache, Assistant Winemaker Anthony De Lisio also snuck a few bottles of our yet to be released 2016 Grenache out of the winery for the weekend. If you’re a fan of Grenache you’re going to want to know when this one’s released, so make sure you’re part of our Wine Club.

One of the other reasons we visit Cellar Door Fest is to see what everyone else has been up to of course. It’s always a pleasure to be able to meet and share experiences with other producers, and take home just a taste of the best SA has to offer!

Come for the map, stay for the wine!

The McLaren Vale Visitor Centre is a real drawcard, especially in summer. There’s an ever-changing display in the Stump Hill Art Gallery, the always fresh and lovingly prepared meals and cakes from the café, then there are the cinemas, the markets and the vintage car meet-ups. I even took my nephews in for lunch during the school holidays, and they love it not only because of the chicken nuggets and the playground, but also because their mum was married on the lawns.

When I work our pop up cellar door at the Visitor Centre, I’m happy to be part of the steady stream of interesting and friendly locals, tourists, families and industry. Many people are just dropping in for a map, but even more are setting out with the Visitor Centre as their destination, and it’s the perfect base for me to showcase our wines.

Sometimes the first thing people will say to me is, ‘sooo…I’ve never heard of you before…’ and they seem slightly worried they’re going to offend me. That’s really alright, our marketing dollars aren’t going into making us a household name. It’s a conscious choice to stay genuinely boutique, not to sell into bottle shops and create a truly signature style of wines.

So, what is genuinely boutique? That means we really do produce only small amounts of our wines, with around 70 tonnes of fruit coming in, or 5,500 dozen bottles of wine going out of our winery each year.

So, what’s so good about being boutique? It means we can stay true to traditional methods of winemaking, use real French oak barrels, pump over by hand at vintage and bottle our premiums under cork for the journey they’re going to take in your cellar.

So, what does that all mean? Well, since you’re only reading this and I haven’t just poured you a glass of wine, it’s slightly harder to explain than if we were really having this conversation at cellar door. Basically it means that our style of wine is complex, it’s exciting and it’s sometimes controversial, but that’s exactly what the winemaker is going for; an interesting nose, a perfect palate and a structure that can back up your dinner choice, your wine club’s scrutiny, or truly develop after 10 or 15 years of cellaring.

Still have more questions? That’s great, because I’ll be at the Visitor Centre’s pop up cellar door from Monday 6 February where I’ll do my best to answer your questions, and I look forward to your company over the next two weeks!

Cheers, Vanessa De Lisio


De Lisio Wines Pop Up Cellar Door
Monday 6 to Sunday 19 February , 10 am – 5 pm daily (to 4 pm on weekends)
McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, Main Road, McLaren Vale

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.

At De Lisio Wines we work hard to take care of our members, that’s why we create special members’ only offers on our wines each month, plus you’ll receive pre-release tickets to events and be the first to try our new release wines.

Right now we have a special members’ only Christmas gift on offer, so head over to subscribe now and find out what it is!

Merry Christmas,
Vanessa De Lisio

Monday 17 October – Sunday 30 October
10 am – 5 pm Daily
McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, Main Road

The De Lisio Wines cellar door emerges just a few times a year at the McLaren Vale Visitor Centre, so take the opportunity to taste through our range, discuss the wines, and pick up some stock for your wine rack, at great prices.

Enjoy the full De Lisio Wines range of boutique premium wines, packed with character, created from McLaren Vale’s flagship varieties. Wine available for purchase by the glass or by the bottle to be enjoyed with the full café menu and tasting plates. Tour the ever-changing display in the Stump Hill Gallery, nestle into the rustic, rammed-earth cellar door, or relax on the covered deck overlooking the sweeping manicured lawns and the rolling hills of The Vale.


(photo by Angela Lisman Photography)