I am a writing Novelist from Austria - www.bettinabuechel.com/entangled_souls.asp - I am living in South Australia since December 2010 and enjoy it a lot. Besides this I look after a small vineyard - www.lot333wines.com.au
Take a break - visit the McLaren Vale
1. Mystic Pizza
The new Cellar Door of the Angove Family Winemakers has only recently opened its doors and wants to celebrate their brand new wood fire oven over the long weekend of October. Master Chief Richard Angove itself will manning the oven. How cool!
You want to know which mystic pizzas they are offering?
For one afternoon, you can taste a small batch high quality wines from a group of winemakers from McLaren Vale, who come together under the name "Val Cru". The event takes place at the well-known, historical Victory Hotel in Sellicks Beach.
On 14. October from 2pm to 5pm Cost:
$40 per person (Early Bird Tickets: $35)
3. Hugh Hamilton's Oyster MasterClass
This day is for all those who like Oysters and want to know a little bit more about this special kind of shellfish. You will be offered a five flight of oysters from all over the country matched with Hugh Hamilton wines. Shucking exercises and some background about oysters will also form part of the day.
Two special guests will join the event this year. The two "Michaels" from Out of the Blue co-present the day. What a fantastic opportunity to meet these two chefs in person.
BBQ/Picnic facilities are available on the site. The winery offers also cheese & local produce platters during your stay. BYO is not allowed, but you can buy their great wines directly from the cellar door.
Wirra Wirra Vineyards
On 21. October from 12.30 pm to 4.30 pm Cost:
5. Chapel Hill Hands on Sunday Cooking Classes
You want to learn how to cook something special? Then you need to attend the Cooking Classes at Chapel Hill.
The theme is African Safari.
From Ethiopia to Tanzania, learn to prepare Injera bread, marinating and BBQ, curries and pickles.
After finishing your newly learned recipes, you will enjoy the prepared dishes, matched with Chapel Hill wines, with all participants. If you want to bring a friend with you, this person pays only $95 for lunch.
On 23. October (All day) Cost:
$175 per participant (include all recipes, apron, lunch, wine and personalized tuition)
6. Live Music @ Red Poles
This licensed café offers live music every Sunday afternoon in various styles of music. Some of the artists play regularly, like The Yearlings, The Baker Suite, Cal Williams Jr, Kylie Wilson, Rafa Godoy, Laura Hill and The Chines.
Enjoy your lunch or sip a glass of wine while listening to great sounds.
On 07. / 14. / 21. / 28. October from 1pm to 4pm Cost:
7. Backwater Blues & Roots Festival
Keep the last weekend in October free to enjoy five great talented music artists. The festival takes place at the Fox Creek Cellar Doors, where besides the good vibes, delicious food and fantastic wines are offered. To find out more about the musicians, visit the website.