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Wednesday 29 March 2023

Take a behind the scenes look at a winery during vintage

Ever wondered what goes on in a winery during vintage?

With vintage 2023 firmly underway, McLaren Vale winery Chapel Hill is this weekend offering the chance to take a a peek behind the scenes.

For the first time since 2019, Chapel Hill chief winemaker Michael Fragos will host the Vintage Immersion Experience this Sunday: April 2.

"We are pulling back the curtain to winery operations and giving a select few the chance to see what it takes to make the Chapel Hill wines," says Fragos.

The event will run from 10am-4pm to offer guests for a first-hand look (and taste and smell) of all things vintage-related.

The day will start with some local pastries and the Escape Room Piquette - a new wine innovation in a can.

That will be followed by a vineyard and winery tour, ferment and 2022 barrel tasting as well as participation in wine-related activities like grape tasting and red fermenter plunging, perhaps even some pigeage.

A long table lunch in the cellar door atrium will be hosted by Fragos and the cellar door team with chef Jarred Styles firing up the spit with some local lamb, gourmet salads and Stoneground Bakery sourdough - paired with some cellared wines chosen by Fragos to mark his 20th vintage at Chapel Hill.

To round out the day there will be cheese platters and a new release wine tasting.

Tickets for the event are $160, but only $100 for wine club subscribers. Sounds worth a trip.

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