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From cosy reds to new season whites that hint at the coming spring, this month’s Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit lets you discover new wines and old favourites without leaving the warmth of the city.

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Food and wine lovers, rejoice! Cellar Door Fest—Adelaide’s favourite food and drink festival—is launching a boutique “Winter Edit” this month.

To be held on July 19 and 20 at the Adelaide Convention Centre, the event has been designed as a more intimate take on the popular summer festival, showcasing a handpicked selection of about 80 producers from 14 SA regions. In tailoring the event to the season, Winter Edit will beat the chill with a tantalising mix including warming winter reds and a splash of SA’s best boutique spirits and craft beer, all set against an acoustic musical backdrop.

Festival director Alex Bradford describes Winter Edit as a “food and drink meets music festival” and encourages guests to book early as tickets are strictly limited.

“Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit is all about bringing winery vibes to the heart of the city,” she says.

“Following the success of our summer festival, we identified an appetite for a winter version of the event, where food and drink enthusiasts can meet, taste and discover a fabulous host of local producers under one roof and – most importantly – out of the elements. We’re thrilled by the response from producers, and delighted to welcome a number of the state’s top brands such as Hentley Farm, Seppeltsfield Wines and Longview Vineyard.”

The Winter Edit will also feature a strong music element.

“We’ve teamed up with The Vibe Company who will not only transform the Convention Centre into a cosy, boho chic festival setting, but have curated a sensational line-up of live music, spanning everything from folk to indie, soul and disco,” Bradford adds.

Like the summer festival, attendees will receive a Riedel wine glass on entry for complimentary tastings. They will then be free to stroll through South Australia’s wine regions, along with a dedicated distillery district to sample some of the best of SA.

The distillery district will feature seven craft spirits producers including Seppeltsfield Rd Distillers who will be showcasing their limited-edition Barossa Shiraz gin.

Seppeltsfield Rd Distillers co-founder Jon Durdin says although the distillery made its debut at Cellar Door Fest earlier this year, their Shiraz gin was not available at that time.

“Last year it sold out in about 11 or 12 weeks; this year we’ve got a little bit more of it – but I wouldn’t expect it to last too much longer,” he says.

“It’s a combination of the wine industry and gin industry and a really, really great one for the cooler days because you can drink it as more of a liquor-style. It has beautiful, sweet sort of fruit flavours.

“We’ll also be tasting through our core range of gins, including our award-winning house gin, which just won gold at the London Spirits Competition, along with our popular Barossa Dry gin and Savoury Allsorts gin.”

Hentley Farm is also joining in the Winter Edit fun and will be among a dozen Barossa wineries offering tastings including their esteemed The Beauty Shiraz, The Beast Shiraz and Eden Valley Riesling. Attendees who purchase six or more bottles of Hentley Farm wine during Winter Edit will go into the draw to win an array of exclusive prizes, including a private luxury tasting and tour through the Hentley Farm Barrel Hall.

After sampling the selection of drinks and food, visitors will be able to purchase winter-warming gourmet toasties, jaffles, baked potatoes and house-made curries, before kicking back to enjoy the live music and atmosphere.

For more information and tickets, visit www.cellardoorfestival.com.

Solstice Media has partnered with Cellar Door Fest to promote Winter Edit.

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