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16, August 2023

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McLaren Vale’s Grenache & Gourmet Festival Returns!

After its successful launch in 2022, McLaren Vale’s ‘Grenache & Gourmet’ festival is back, inviting visitors to join McLaren Vale’s winemakers as they celebrate the region’s world-class Grenache and Grenache-blends through a range of carefully curated tastings, masterclasses, dining experiences and more!

McLaren Vale Grape Wine & Tourism Association announces the return Grenache & Gourmet - the two-week long celebration of not only the world-class Grenache and Grenache-blends the region is famed for, but its abundance of exceptional wine, food, and tourism experiences. Proudly supported by the South Australian Tourism Commission, Grenache & Gourmet will launch on 15 September - International Grenache Day - and run through to the Labour Day Long Weekend (2 October).

Throughout the celebration wineries and restaurants from around the McLaren Vale wine region will host a diverse and exciting range of Grenache-themed experiences for guests to enjoy. The impressive list of over 40 events ranges from high-end wine dinners to VIP and vertical tastings, behind the scenes winery and vineyard experiences to casual food, wine and music gatherings, and will offer everyone - from bon vivants to the wine-curious - the opportunity to experience and enjoy this vibrant, versatile variety and learn why James Halliday heralds Grenache as “McLaren Vale’s secret weapon”.

McLaren Vale’s long history of Grenache is world-renowned, and the region is home to some of the oldest vines in the world. The region’s unique geology, idyllic Mediterranean-like climate and hotbed of awarded producers crafting exciting modern wines means McLaren Vale’s reputation as one of the world’s leading Grenache regions, and the epicenter of new and emerging varieties and wine styles, continues to grow.

Grenache & Gourmet will deliver an exciting and diverse program highlighting the region’s multitude of award-winning wines, gastronomic experiences, fresh local produce, and engaging personalities. Join us to experience how McLaren Vale is leading the new face of Australian wine – bright, innovative, creative, and sustainable.

Tickets for Grenache & Gourmet events are available now via or directly from participating venues, with new events being listed daily.