Quietly nestled amongst the rolling Adelaide Hills is the spectacular Longview Winery – a family-owned, single vineyard Estate that is fast establishing itself as a chic and flexible venue in one of South Australia's finest wine regions.
I have been lucky enough to experience the range of what Longview has to offer in terms of fantastic food, beautiful scenery for special functions, and a cracker of a party during Adelaide's many festivals.
Adelaide Hills Wine Festival As part of 'Crush' 2012, I attended a funky fresh day out held at Longview Winery, starring the talented street artists Beastman, Shannon Crees, and Adelaide's home grown Gary Seaman and Vans the Omega.
What an amazing party – we were served up tasty treats from the streets of New York and sweet beats from DJ Katch (Resin Dogs). The nectar was flowing, sun was shining and the vibe was great. My friends and I ventured up on the bus from the Lion Hotel in North Adelaide ($50, incl breakfast and a glass of sparkling), and arrived around midday, just as the artists were starting.
Congratulations to Longview for supporting and showcasing the process of street art through this competition where the guys and girls have the day to produce a piece based on the tasting notes of one of Longview's wines with the hope of winning the coveted grand prize – their original art work as the label of one of Longview's finest drops.
Seeing the art unfold throughout the day is amazing, these guys were so good. I have bought last year's 'Piece' here and look forward to picking up the 2012 edition when I attend Crush at Longview, 2013 – watch this space for more details as the date nears.
Sunday Tapas For a relaxing and indulgent Sunday Session, I suggest you take a drive to Longview winery for their popular Sunday Tapas, which is simply stunning throughout the year. The menu is varied and plentiful, with a complementary mix of seafood, antipasti and tender meats, then sweet things, and wines to match.
The setting is beautiful; whether you are indoors/outdoors you are overlooking the vines, and the restaurant has a large verandah that can be enjoyed in the warmer months or gorgeous wood fires inside. At $45 per person it is exceptional value, and bookings are recommended as the place often fills up in advance.
Wedding Bliss A friend of mine will wed her sweetheart at Longview this summer. The setting offers endless creative opportunities for original and stunning photos, and the couple plan to meet there before the guests arrived to take advantage of this.
The ceremony will be held outdoors – we will be protected from Summer's sun by the shade of the old Gum Trees and have the spectacular vines as the backdrop. After, the couple has planned moved inside to savour the premium multiple award winning wines perfected by Longview Vineyard and began to enjoy the sumptuous feast created by Louise Naughton and Stephanie Heaven. The reception in the warm and inviting restaurant (a renovated dairy farm with enormous fire places, and a rustic mix of timbers, iron, stone) promises to be the perfect space for a fabulous affair. You can contact the winery here for more information about the many packages they offer.
Please feel free to leave a comment describing any event you may have attended at Longview, I would love to hear other people's experiences!