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Adelaide Hills wine takes centre stage at Oakbank

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.

Sidewood, Somerled Wines and Golding Wines will be served 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,” 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.”

Although this year marks the first time Somerled Wines will be served at Oakbank, the winery has a strong history with the event. Rob Moody, Somerled winemaker, named the winery after a horse ridden 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,” Moody said.

With The Sidewood Estate vineyard located just a couple of kilometres from the racecourse, Owen Inglis, owner and vigneron, said the Adelaide Hills area is putting a strong focus on teaming local events with the regions 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,” Inglis said. “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,” Golding said.

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.

Oakbank Easter Racing Carnival

Date: Saturday, April 4 and Monday, April 6

Cost: Adults $30, concession $15, family pass of two adults and two children aged 18 and under $60, children 13–17 $10, children under 13 receive free entry.

Fashion: Panache at The Paddock on Saturday and Fashion at The Races Oakbank final Monday.

Website: www.oakbankracingclub.com.au




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