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We just love our South Australian wines, and in particular, I get very excited about small boutique wineries. The plucky people who toil on the land to produce something handcrafted and special deserve our full attention in my opinion, and I will always give them preference over larger wineries.
Too often when you take a wine tour or go to a large wine tasting, it's the big corporate brands that dominate and take pride of place. Small winemakers often can't afford to join in these events, and prefer to encourage visitors to their winery doors.
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Unfortunately, this can pose a problem for drivers visiting wineries. Unless there's a non-drinker in the car, or an agreed designated driver, it's easy to indulge in tasting to excess. This can be a real problem unless you make prior arrangements to stay overnight.
Held once a month on a Saturday night, these new wine markets in Adelaide will showcase a mix from the eighteen recognised wine regions in South Australia, with a strong focus on small and boutique producers. These events are designed to place the little guys side-by-side with some more established brands. Adelaide Wine Markets are like a giant cellar door, where a mix of small and medium-sized producers from all over South Australia come together and showcase their products to a group of enthusiastic wine consumers.
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Some of the wine producers are just starting out and don't even have their own cellar door yet. Most of the wines which will be available for tasting at the markets can be found listed online at the Adelaide Wine Markets website as well as information about South Australian wine tours and a list of upcoming events.
Of course, the Adelaide Wine Markets has more than just a hand-picked range of wine makers present with their best produce for tasting free. A range of food stalls will be at each wine market and offer tasty menus including gluten free and vegan options. Each market has free live entertainment, and beer, wine, cider and cocktails can be purchased over the bar.
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The Market Shed on Holland is the venue for the monthly Adelaide Wine Markets, although the markets have now long gone. Please note that the venue may change in future, so check the location before booking.
On arrival you will receive a free glass included in the admission price, then you're free to wander at your leisure. Chat with the wine makers, taste the wines, take a break for some food - it's all at a relaxed pace with music to entertain you. Whether you like your wines from McLaren Vale, the Coonawarra, Padthaway, the Adelaide Hills or the Barossa, you're sure to find something to suit your tastes.
You'll find more information about Adelaide Wine Markets, including next dates and location on Facebook and on the website, where you will also find the link to book your tickets online.