Spring Affair, McLaren Vale Oct 2019

July 30, 2020 / By Jacqueline Alanne

Perfectly timed to take place over the October long weekend as we thaw out from the winter chill, Spring Affair offers the ideal opportunity to visit your favourite wineries, get the gang back together, and spend an afternoon under the spring sun. Here's how to get the most out of 2019 Spring Affair.

Stay put or travel around? 
Are you a flitting, adventurous bus hopper, or one of those people who throws their bag down on a table at midday, and stays there until the end? 

For the adventurers, Choose Your own Adventure is for you. Spring Affair cleverly offers ten different routes, covering every winery involved, and allowing you to choose your morning, lunch, and afternoon stops. Pretty genius if you know you want to start the day on Coriole Prosecco, and end it on a Mollydooker Shiraz.

If you prefer to choose a venue and stay put, enjoying a regular influx of new friends (or people watching), then check out what each winery has on offer for the day.

Coriole Coriole

A personal Spring Affair favourite, Coriole is picture perfectly placed with a little elevation. Clearing the tables of the restaurant, and planting tables across the lawns out the front, you’ll enjoy sweeping views, endless sunshine, and the chance to try some new spring release wines. Nom! The dance floor under the marquee always gets wild - and this year, with bongo drums and a sax in the mix along with the DJ, end your day on a high at Coriole. 

Visit Paxton vineyards for a wide variety of, well, everything, really. With a wide range of wines, toasties from Flatiron, Japanese street food from Okonomiyaki, and Satay deliciousness from Satay Hut, there’s a million food and wine pairings to play with on the sunny lawns. Plus, with the Maverick Experience on board to provide a mix of old and new music, you’ll leave with sore legs and full tummies!

She’s a beauty! The recently re-branded Maxwell is a multi-level adventure, and always a beautiful spot to visit. These guys have really been smart this year, rallying the locals to entertain and feed the masses. They’ve teamed up with the Pizzateca crew as well as Little Rickshaw to deliver cult-status pizza and delicious Asian food, plus live tunes from local Jimmybayand DJs to keep the vibes pumping. Don’t forget to try their new release Sparkling Mead!

With an interrupted and unique view back over the Vale, Mollydooker is a bit of a hidden gem. On their expansive patio and lawns under the palms, visit the guys for a real transitional day. Beginning with acoustics and brekky burgers, Mollydooker starts you off slow, then swaps to lunch and brings in local legend DJ Ryley from Fresh FM. If you’re a Freshmate, this is a stop not to be missed!

Mollydooker Mollydooker

Penny’s Hill
Looking for something a little different? Penny’s Hill are giving legs to a few other local producers, with a gin bar featuring Madmen Gin and local favourites, KIS gins. If you know what's up in McLaren Vale, you’ll be pretty pleased to hear these two are coming to Penny’s! 

Jesse Francis will be serenading you with guitar in hand, while DJ Es’Ay will be taking you to through the afternoon. To keep those stomachs lined, enjoy Sooki LaLa, and Mr Donuts food trucks. A beaut day in front of the 1888 stables indeed!

Known for hosting big events on their massive lawns, Serafino are in the mix again this year, offering wood-oven pizzas, a range of Serafino wines, and lawn games. Overlooking the lake, watch the sunset while Fresh FM DJs have you leaving on a high.

Pub Tour
If more than one of these sound appealing, yet you don’t have the pleasure of a designated driver to graciously cart you around all day, you’re in luck; no less than EIGHTEEN pubs offer a package to get you through the day, and back home again.15 out of 18 of these venues still have spaces available on their buses, so find one that’s convenient to you, with the wineries that you just must visit, and book directly through the pub!

So there you have it; another year, another Spring Affair. With options for everyone, rally the crew and get down to the Vale!

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