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22 May 2024 | News | Zema Estate

Discover Coonawarra This June Long Weekend: Wine, Food, and Fun Await!

If you're travelling through or planning a visit to Coonawarra during the June long weekend, prepare to eat your heart out. Our picturesque wine region is gearing up for an array of events that will tantalise your taste buds. Here are some of the things you can look forward to:

Zema Estate: Mrs Zema's Pasta and Arancini - Sat 8 June and Sun 9 June

On Saturday, 8th June, and Sunday, 9th June, from 12pm to 2pm, we'll be serving Mrs Zema's delicious pasta and homemade arancini balls. Mrs Zema, who was born in Calabria Italy, will be cooking her legendary regional dishes, which pair beautifully with a glass of Zema Estate fine wine. If you're keen on exploring our wine selection further, visit our Cellar Door for a complimentary tasting of our current range. No bookings are required unless you’re in a group of 10 or more.

Location: Zema Estate, 14944 Riddoch Highway, Coonawarra
Date: Food: Saturday, 8th June, and Sunday, 9th June | Wine tasting: Open all weekend
Time: Food from 12pm to 2pm | Wine tasting available 10am-4pm
Cost: Food: $10-$15 per serve | Wine tasting: Free


Other Exciting Events in Coonawarra this June long weekend

Friday, 7th June – DiGiorgio Private Tour & Tasting
Kick off the long weekend with an exclusive experience at DiGiorgio Family Wines. Enjoy a private tour and tasting that delves into the rich history and exceptional wines of this renowned estate. Find out more 

Location: DiGiorgio Family Wines: Riddoch Hwy, Coonawarra
Date: Friday 7 June
Time: 1pm – 2:30pm
Cost: $100

Saturday, 8th June – Pizza & Tunes at Raidis Estate
After indulging in Mrs. Zema’s pasta, head over to Raidis Estate for a relaxed evening of pizza and live music. This event promises a cozy and vibrant atmosphere, perfect for unwinding with friends and family. Find out more about Pizza & Tunes.

Location: Raidis Estate: Old Cemetery Road, Penola
Date: Saturday 8 June
Time: 12pm - 5pm
Cost: $20 per pizza

Friday 7 & Saturday 8 June – Sourdough making at Bellwether
Sourdough making is a daily occurance at Bellwether and you’re invited to help make and cook the daily loaf.  Take home a fresh loaf of sourdough straight from the oven…and share in their amazing starter to continue the sourdough joy at home. Find out more

Location: Bellwether Wines
Date: Friday 7 & Saturday 8 June
Time: 10:30am (60mins)
Cost:  $45 per person

Saturday 8, Sunday 9 & Monday 10 June - Parker Pies
The ultimate winter warmer! Indulge in a hearty slow cooked Beef & Cabernet pie or a Chicken & Chardonnay pie at Parker Estate.  Taste their range of exquisite wines or treat yourself to an award-winning Gin or locally brewed beer.

Location: Parker Estate
Date: Saturday - Monday
Time: 11:30am – 4pm
Cost:  $12 per pie served with side salad

Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June - Long Lunch at Ottelia
A celebration of the wine & food of the Limestone Coast. Walk in and taste the growing portfolio of Ottelia wines. You can’t go past their woodfired sourdough pizza’s – also available for takeaway! Bookings recommended

Location: Ottelia
Date: Saturday 8 & Sunday 9 June  [CLOSED MONDAY]
Time: Open 11am – 3pm

AVAILABLE DAILY - Soul Food at Brand's
Grab a bite to eat over the long weekend at the spectacular Brand’s Laira Cellar Door. With a menu that pairs perfectly with their range of wines, you’ll find everything from soul-warming soup, tantalising savoury pastries and gourmet ploughman’s platters. Cost $10 - CALL (08) 87363260 TO ORDER IN ADVANCE

Location: Brand's Laira Coonawarra
Date: Long weekend
Time: Open 11am – 3pm
Cost: $10

Daily Sessions - Redmans VIP Wine Tasting
 Learn about the Redman family’s rich history in the Coonawarra region, with a VIP tasting delivered by a Redman Family Winemaker. The VIP Tasting includes a flight of eight wines personally selected from their premium and back vintage collection in the redman cellar. Bookings Essential

Location: Redman
Date: Daily Sessions
Time: Hourly from 11am
Cost: $50

CRICKETS & CABERNET – BUG BITES - Patrick of Coonawarra
A tasting with a difference! Far from the usual food and wine pairing, this self-guided tasting is one that challenges all senses, with a quirky pairing of wine and INSECTS! Celebrating the diversity of flavours found in nature, the tasting highlights the significance of biodiversity and provides insights into Patrick’s newly established Eco-Garden. Book your tasting or book their chocolate and wine pairing 

Location: Patrick of Coonawarra
Date: 10am-5pm 
Time: Cellar Door open hours
Cost: $25

Pop into Majella over the long weekend to admire the magnificent artworks of local artist Rachel Clayfield, whilst tasting through Majella’s range of execptional wines. ‘From Where I’d Rather Be’ is a series of oil paintings that convey the appreciation the artist has for her rural home of Coonawarra and the feelings of peace and comfort that the area brings.


Enjoy a delectable Cuvee Chocolate pairing with 4 of Katnook’s best-matched wines in the beautiful Katnook tasting room.   Featuring Katnook Estate NV Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot, Estate Chardonnay, Estate Shiraz and Estate Cabernet, you’ll discover the exquisite match that is Chocolate and Wine! Book online 

Location: Katnook Estate
Time: Weekends 12pm – 5pm
Cost: $20

Matured in Oak Wine Dinner with Zema Estate + DiGiorgio Family Wines + Balnaves of Coonawarra - Thursday, 11th July Three Coonawarra wine icons have teamed up with the Royal Oak Hotel for a wine dinner to celebrate Cellar Dwellers.


Musing in the Museum: Thursday 4 + Friday 12 July Join Winemaker Joe Cory for an informative tasting in our nostalgic museum area, as he takes you through wines from Zema Estate's 2014 vintage.


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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