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Win Double Passes to Adelaide’s Award Winning Cellar Door Wine Festival

20/12/2012 | By

I think I’ve actually hit on the perfect plan to get me past my lack of preparedness for Christmas this year – I’ve decided to just look past it all and to focus on next year instead!  There is so much to look forward to in the summer months here in Adelaide and one of the most exciting events is the annual Cellar Door Wine Festival which will be held from Friday 22 until Sunday 24 February, 2013.

The concept for the festival originally came about when the management of Adelaide’s Convention Centre began discussing ideas to maximise occupancy at the Centre, particularly during periods like January and February where the conference industry tends to slow down, but when Adelaide is at it’s busiest with tourists enjoying other events.  That led the Centre to creating the Cellar Door Wine Festival which, in 2012 and only in its second year, attracted more than 6,500 visitors, providing an opportunity for visitors to sample free tastings from 150+ wineries across 12 iconic South Australian regions.

Originally, the Adelaide Convention Centre tried to find an event management company to run the Cellar Door Wine Festival – or to share the risk with – but couldn’t find anyone willing or able to take on the event and so decided to run the event themselves.  This move proved hugely successful  and in just two years the Cellar Door Wine Festival has been established as a major consumer event in Australia and has added a wine trade component to help put the spotlight on South Australia’s premium wine and food producers.

In fact, the Cellar Door Wine Festival has proved so popular that it has now been recognised with two national awards for excellence by the Exhibition and Event Association of Australasia.  The Festival was recently announced as the winner of the Best Consumer Show under 10,000 square metres and overall winner of the Best Australian Show at the Association’s annual awards ceremony.  These awards follow the Festival recently being shortlisted for a national tourism award after it won the 2012 South Australian Tourism Award (SATA) in the Festival and Events category and is starting to attract international interest, particularly from China.

Next year’s event has attracted 30 new wineries, bringing the number of participating exhibitors to a staggering 170, with thousands of wines to showcased from 13 iconic South Australian regions.  There will be several new Masterclasses, including an “SA Seafood and White Wine Showcase” and “Emerging Trends” – a journey through the newest and most exciting varietals to hit the shelves.  Next year’s Festival will also – excitingly for a greedy girl like me – put a greater emphasis on South Australian food with a Tastes of SA Demonstration Stage and a new food producer’s area.

Tickets for the event are available on the website, with a very special offer for those who get in for the “early-bird” prices before December 31 – what a great Christmas (oh, there’s that word again) gift for the boozer wine connoisseur in your life!

The Cellar Door Wine Festival folk have very kindly given me five double passes – that’s one each for 5 of you!  Entry couldn’t be simpler – just log in below and leave a comment naming your favourite South Australian wine, then go to the Cellar Door Wine Festival Facebook page and “Like” them.  Extra entries may be gained by “Liking” Lambs’ Ears on Facebook or following either Lambs’ Ears or the Cellar Door Wine Festival on Twitter – check out the terms and conditions below.


1.  This competition is open to Australian residents only.
2.   Log in to enter, using the entry form below, and click on each task to view the instructions.
3.   The first 2 tasks are mandatory and must be completed to enter the competition.  Subsequent tasks are optional, but will gain you more entries, thus more opportunity to be a winner.
4.   Make sure you record your entry to be counted.
5.   I have 5 double passes to Adelaide’s Cellar Door Wine Festival to give away.
6.   Five lucky winners will be drawn at random.
7.   The winners will be notified by email and their names will be posted here.

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  1. Lucy

    Fave SA wine – its a tough one, but do love Alpha Box and Dice

  2. Natalie

    Jacob’s Creek Sparkling Rosé is my favorite out of s.a wines

  3. Xin Li

    I went there in 2012 and it’s absolutely gorgeous! Can’t wait to go back again.

  4. susie

    Favorite SA wine is hard to choose, there is just too many! I’ll have to go a Jim Barry Watervale Riesling a wonderful light wine to suit every occasion

  5. Peter

    My favourite is Jacob’s Creek St Hugo Coonawarra Cabernet Sauvignon for special occasions.

  6. Brad Iversen

    I can’t think of a better score,
    Than tickets to Adelaide’s Cellar Door,
    My favourite wine that I adore,
    Is a Skillogalee Shiraz 2008, for sure!

  7. Elizabeth

    My favourite winery is Oxenberry,
    particularly at Christmas when I want to eat, drink and be merry!

  8. Annelee

    Wolf Blass Yellow Label Sauvignon Blanc…delicious!

  9. Coffee and Crumpets

    I am not a drinker (religious reasons) however, I didn’t realise that Australia was such a big producer of wines and had so many wineries. Learn something new everyday!

    Have fun at the show.


  10. Emily

    Hard to pick just one… but would have to go with Rockford Alicanti Bouchet (an oldie but a goodie!). Honourable mentions go to Bridgewater Mill Sauvignon Blanc, Nepenthe Tryst sparkling, Woodstock Rose and all the wines at Wirra Wirra!

  11. Aaron Kaczmarczyk

    Jacobs Creek 2006 Shiraz for those times when old friends come by!

  12. Hotly Spiced

    There’s always so much going on in SA at this time of year. We hear about it in Sydney quite often. It does seem like the perfect time to visit. And yes, you have so many fabulous wineries to take advantage of! xx

  13. Karlene

    Taylors Cabernet Sauvignon

  14. Alex

    Favourite this week would have to be the Deviation Rd Loftia.

  15. Amanda McInerney

    Mmmm, just had some of this tonight – very nice!

  16. Jen pedder

    My favourite SA wine would have to be Riesling from the Clare in general, but KT’s Rieslings in particular.

  17. Ashlee

    So many to choose from, but might have to go with Golding Last Hurrah Sparkling, for both sentimental and deliciousness reasons.

  18. Andrew

    Westlake Wine hands down is the best wine in SA. Try their great 717 range named after the first convict settlers in Australia.

  19. dee

    Torbreck’s 2008 The Gask is lovely!

  20. Andrea

    The Shottesbrooke Adelaide Hill Sauvignon Blanc – delicious in weather like this especially!

  21. Craig

    Favourite South Australian wine is definitely Bremerton Old Adam Shiraz from Langhorne Creek!

  22. Xin Li

    In regards to wine, my fav. white is Petaluma Tier Chardonnay! Love this cool climate chardonnay without too much oak influences.

  23. Adriene L

    Freedom Shiraz is my fave 😀

  24. Lesley

    Rockford’s Alicante Bouchet!

  25. Dianne Childs

    Annie’s Lane Moscato from the beautiful Clare Valley. First tried it on a wine tour and fell in love with the pink, sweet, fruity deliciousness!