Friday, March 27th, 2015

Three of the Adelaide Hills’ top wineries will feature prominently at the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival as part of a new partnership to support the iconic event on their picturesque doorstep.

Sidewood, Somerled Wines and Golding Wines will serve their wine at the Carnival’s food and wine precinct, The Paddock, on Saturday, April 4 and Monday, April 6.

Oakbank Racing Club Chairman John Glatz said while the event aimed to work with and support as many Adelaide Hills businesses as possible, this year it has stepped up this promise.

“Oakbank has been part of the Adelaide Hills community for nearly 140 years and it seems a no-brainer to the Club to work more closely with others who have businesses in the region,” Mr Glatz said.

“As a major tourist attraction for Adelaide Hills, Oakbank annually attracts around 60,000 visitors and, on State Government figures, generates business for the region in the vicinity of more than $10 million.”

Somerled Wines will serve a selection at Oakbank for the first time this year, despite having a strong history with the popular event. Somerled winemaker Rob Moody named the winery after the same horse, riden by his grandfather Stephen Bowd, who won the Von Doussa Steeplechase in 1908.

“We’ve got this great connection with Oakbank and have always been regulars, but have never served our wine there and we’re excited to be able to change this in 2015,” Somerled winemaker Rob Moody said.

The Sidewood Estate Vineyard is just 2.5km from the Oakbank Racecourse and Sidewood owner and vigneron Owen Inglis said: “we have such a rich wine offering in this region, we want to really look at integrating Adelaide Hills events with our regional wines”.

“Our first foray into this area of collaboration was the Strathalbyn Cup and now we’re thrilled to be involved with the biggest event in the Hills, Easter at Oakbank. It presents an amazing opportunity for us to showcase our wines.

“It just seemed natural that when a major event is held in the vicinity of this fantastic wine producing region, Adelaide Hills wines should be offered to patrons. Given this one is close to my heart, we couldn’t just sit idly by and not make an approach to the Oakbank Racing Club.”

Golding Wines director Lucy Golding said their Market Series will be poured over the Easter long weekend and expects the Last Hurrah Sparkling to be a crowd favourite.

“We’re thrilled to be involved at the Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival and we feel it is an exciting opportunity for local wines to be showcased at such a famed Adelaide Hills event,” Ms Golding said.

“Our Market Series wines will be on the pour over the Easter weekend and we feel they will be a perfect match with Oakbank’s punters, we are tipping the Last Hurrah Sparkling to be a crowd favourite.”

Adelaide Hills producers on the menu at The Paddock include Quince Catering, which will serve a selection of salads including a honey-glazed spiced roast pumpkin option, Stirling’s Red Cacao, which has salted caramel chocolate tarts and chocolate truffles on offer and The Lovacore’s selection of burgers. Little Acre Foods will serve Vietnamese bánh mì rolls.

The Paddock not only offers an opportunity to dine on fine food, but to also play lawn games and listen to a laid-back soul soundtrack in a relaxed and refined space dedicated to all things country chic.

Mr Glatz said The Paddock attracted 3000 punters last year and he hoped 2015 would reach similar heights.

Another option for punters on the Saturday is the Young Members Marquee, which provides transport to and from one of three Adelaide pubs to the Oakbank racecourse, live entertainment and a food and drinks package.

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