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8 December 2023 | News | Zema Estate

Coonawarra Fringe - 16-18 Feb 2024

Come alive among the vines for the inaugural Coonawarra Fringe! Laugh, dance, be entertained as we showcase local and international performers.

The Wine Bluffs - Friday 16 Feb, 5pm

After intoxicating sold out audiences across the country, The Wine Bluffs are here to do what they do best: bulls**t about wine. The self-styled sommeliers of comedy, Damian Callinan (The Merger) & Paul Calleja (The Project), will take you through the cellar door experience with a comedic twist. Doors open 5pm enjoy sundowners at Di Giorgio Winery food and wine options available. Show commences at 7pm.

★★★★½ "Wildly funny winespeak, a romp around the vineyard that seeks to demystify the cellar door experience and only leaves us feeling more confused." Herald Sun
★★★★ "Lovingly lampoons wine snobbery" Artshub

Tickets: $48
Venue: DiGiorgio Family Wines - Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra SA 5263


Fringe Walk. Taste. Explore - Sat 17 Feb 2024, 11am

Build your own adventure, with a self-guided wine experience, through one of Australia's most iconic wine regions. There's something Fringy around every vine. Be surprised.

Venue: Brands, Ottelia, Redman Wines, DiGiorgio Wines, Zema Estate, Wynns Coonawarra

Pre-book your mouth-watering Mrs Zema's Arancini with tomato sauce for $10 - which we're serving between 11am-4pm as part of Coonawarra Fringe, Saturday 17 Feb. Booking not essential, however preferred for catering purposes.

Tickets: Free



The Giri Show - Saturday 17 Feb, 4pm

Join us to celebrate the Coonawarra Fringe on Saturday 17 February, at 4pm to witness the Giri Show - a magical, musical and cinematic experience that pays homage to Italian classics. Step back to a simpler time, where dinner was eaten at the table with your extended family, television was black and white, and the aroma of simmering pasta sauce weaved through a laughter-filled room.

Giri, performed by Franco Parrella on guitar/vocals, and Steve Shier on Percussion - celebrates great Italian popular singer/songwriters from the 1950s, 60s and 70s. Artists include Mina, Dalida, Carosone, Murolo, Modugno, Battisti and more. Giri is performed alongside classic Italian black and white film, and has been previously preformed at the Adelaide Fringe + Adelaide Italian Festival. This show is not to be missed!

This event will leave your heart full - sing, tap, clap or dance along!   

Pre-book your mouth-watering Mrs Zema's Arancini with tomato sauce. Zema Estate wines will also be available by the glass or bottle.



Watson: The Final Problem - Saturday 17 Feb, 5pm

Watson. An old soldier with a few bruises & a cracking tale to tell. 

It is 1894. Watson is alone. His beloved wife Mary has died & Sherlock Holmes is gone, lost at the Reichenbach Falls. But dark rumours gather in the gutters of London - it’s time to set the record straight. So Watson tells his story of a race across Europe, relentlessly pursued by the Napoleon of Crime... Moriarty. 

Written by Tim Marriott & Bert Coules, based on the stories by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Presented by Belinda Redman. Performed by Tim Marriott (BBC's Brittas Empire). Sell-Out shows at Edinburgh Fringe '22 and Adelaide Fringe '23.

“Masterful... A knockout!” ★★★★★ InDaily.
"A damn fine play" ★★★★★ Weekend Notes.
"A great tale well told" ★★★★★ Reviews Hub.
"Fantastic crafted performance" ★★★★ British Theatre Guide

Tickets: $29.95
Venue: Coonawarra Hall, Coonawarra


The Red Room Fringe Club - Saturday 17 Feb, 8pm

Hit the dance floor with positive cool vibes in the Redman Wine cellar, with Guest DJ spinning the disks, so put on your dancing shoes. Bar from 8pm. Tickets include bus transport (Penola & district), pre-purchase tickets on the Redman Wines website.

Venue: Redman Winery, Coonawarra


Jack's Ashes - Sunday 18 Feb, 10am

"163 to win. We’ve got this lads... come on!" Former pro-cricketer Jack gives his team talk, but wickets fall like a ticking time bomb, and the anecdotes from the ashes of his career prove less than inspiring. As he pads up to be the last man in to go out and save the day, Jack’s Ashes’ offers a humorous insight into mental frailties that can cloud the mind and lead to ruin.

Written by Tim Marriott (BBC The Brittas Empire) and Matt Banes (Durham MCCU & Kent CCC). Performed by Tim Marriott, WINNER Dark Chat Best Actor Award Edinburgh Festival 2023.

★★★★★ "The perfect balance of humour and heart" The West Australian
★★★★★ "Jack's Ashes is heartfelt and compelling - must be seen" Adelaide University 

Tickets: $58 - includes brunch 
Venue: Bellwether Winery, Coonawarra


Cellar Dwellers 20th Anniversary Gala Dinner - Sat 27 July Featuring a decadent menu with exquisite 20-year-old wines, this exclusive dinner event will be a night to remember.


Coonawarra Cellar Dwellers - All July Visit Zema Estate's Cellar Door during July and be treated to rare tastings of our 2004 and 2014 vintages + enjoy a full program of event in Coonawarra.


Coonawarra Wine Tasting Roadshow - August Join Coonawarra this August in SYDNEY + NOOSA + BRISBANE + GEELONG + MELBOURNE + ADELAIDE


Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations - All October You're invited to celebrate, educate and activate your senses with a myriad of food and wine experiences on offer throughout the month in Coonawarra.


True to tradition 40 years ago Demetrio and Francesca Zema purchased our first 20-acre property in Coonawarra. Today we reflect on our past and look towards the future.


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