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Surfa Rosa at Magpie Springs Winery. Photo: H. Radford
Following the success of their second music event, Magpie Springs is stoking up their fires to provide a cosy family friendly atmosphere where you can enjoy wine, art, music with some more lively performances from a gathering of local musicians in the gallery on Saturday, 16 July at 12.00 pm - 7 pm.
Joel Cooke at Magpie Springs. Photo H. Radford
The Fleurieu is well known for providing lively entertainment, fine wines, great culinary delights, delightful scenery and a host of artistic diversity and festival events, all so close to metropolitan Adelaide.
If you have yet to visit Magpie Springs Vineyards you are in for a delightful experience. It is located mid-way between Adelaide and Victor Harbor, about 5 minutes from Willunga, 12 minutes from McLaren Vale.
Little nooks for quiet moments and meeting new friends. Photo: H. Radford
I visited Magpie Springs to attend their previous music event, and from the moment I arrived, I was surprised at its pleasant and relaxed environment, with its surrounding vineyards and lush country setting.
There is an indoor gallery reserved for specific exhibitions by visual artists which displays paintings, photographs, printmaking, sculpture, textiles and ceramics. The gallery is a versatile space with fine acoustics and is ideally suited for music performances.
Gallery ideal for music performances. Photo: H. Radford.
Adjoining the gallery is a servery offering a fine selection of Magpie Springs, hot-chocolate, coffee, and herbal teas. The coffee beans are sourced from around the world, and roasted on site. You may have a cup, mug or buy beans to take away. You won't get it fresher! You can BYO food, but no BYO wine, as this is a licensed event.
Wine is about time and experience, and between the grapes and wine maker Simon, things are coming together.
The Pinot Noir is a full robust Pinot, which is lovely now, but will be beautiful in 5 years.
The sparkling Chardonnay is sharp and apple with a lovely clean finish.
The Sauvignon Blanc with its passionfruit finish is a real favourite.
The Merlot blend is made to be a delightful summer red.
The Semillon Botrytis 2014 is surprising everyone although young is very drinkable now! The Riesling has its excellent balance of fruit and acid.
Coming soon will be the Sparkling Pinot, and if that tastes as good bottled as it did during fermet, it will be great.
So come and try these and the other new seasons offerings.
Enjoy a fine selection of wines and/or coffee roasted on site. Photo: H. Radford
Outside you will find some wonderful alfresco settings and garden areas with lawn and various spaces where you may spread out your picnic rug and relax. As you look around you I am sure you will be presently surprised, as I was, at the occasional art pieces creating a touch of magic within the native garden.
Magpie Springs offers some grand opportunities for future outdoor theatrical performances and music events. However, if it pours down on the day of the coming event, and it does rain on the Fleurieu, there are a number of sheltered spaces.
Relax under cover in alfresco style. Photo: H. Radford
For the kids and those folk desiring some physical activity there is Southern Boulder, an under-cover area to satisfy your needs for exercise. It's great to see youngsters along with adults of various ages climbing the boulder wall.
Undercover climbing wall for all ages. Photo: H. Radford
The laid-back atmosphere along with the program will be under the capable direction of Music Director, Ben Forshaw who is bound to please one and all again, providing more entertainment and a good time for everyone to enjoy themselves.
Choose an ideal spot for relaxing outdoors. Photo: H. Radford