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June 28, 2018 | The Editor

Paint, sip and sizzle at Brisbane Night Noodle Markets!

We are excited to announce that Brand’s Laira has teamed up with art studio Cork & Chroma to offer Brisbane food and wine lovers a unique Paint & Sip experience at next month’s highly anticipated Night Noodle Markets. 

The exclusive 2-hour sessions will run over a three night period within the Brand’s Laira pop-up Cellar Door during the ever-popular Brisbane Night Noodle Markets - Wednesday 25 to Friday 27 July, 6.00 - 8.00pm. With a glass of delicious Brand’s Laira wine in one hand and a paintbrush in the other, attendees will have the opportunity to unleash their inner artist and create their own Coonawarra inspired masterpiece, under the expert direction of a Cork & Chroma artist. 

Brand’s Laira will also provide class attendees with the best tastes from the sizzling neighbouring Asian food stalls to fuel their paintbrush action and pair with their glass of Brand’s Laira wine.

Brand’s Laira is the official wine partner of Good Food Month, which includes the Brisbane Night Noodle Markets which run from July 25 – August 5 at Southbank Parklands. For over ten delectable days, the Brand’s Laira pop-up Cellar Door will be bringing the best of the Coonawarra wine region to Brisbane city-dwellers and market enthusiasts. Whether it’s a bold Cabernet Sauvignon to warm you up, a delicate and fresh Rosé to brighten your evening, or an elegant Chardonnay to unwind after a long day at the office – the Brand’s Laira pop-up Cellar Door has you covered! 

Are you based in Brisbane? Reserve a seat at the Brand’s Laira Paint & Sip class today for a Night Noodle Market experience with a creative twist!

For more information or to book, visit the Cork & Chroma Brisbane website here. Bookings are essential and seats are strictly limited.   

Time Posted: Jun 28, 2018 at 12:55 PM
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June 26, 2018 | The Editor

Helping to reduce the risk of Phylloxera

South Australia has some of the oldest commercial grapevines in the world and this is largely due to the fact the state has never had an outbreak of Phylloxera.  

Phylloxera [fihl-LOX-er-uh] is a tiny insect that attacks the roots of grapevines. Phylloxera sucks the nutrients from the roots and slowly starves the vine, creating a dramatic decrease in fruit.

The phylloxera insect is a significant threat to the health of vineyards across Australia. It does not affect the taste of the resulting wine however eventually replanting is required.

The small insects can also survive and travel in tiny particles of soil on vehicles, tyres, equipment, clothing and shoes. 

South Australia, including Coonawarra, is a declared Phylloxera-free state – and we’d like to keep it that way! 

Like other Cellar Doors in the region, visitors to Brand’s Laira are asked to observe signs at all times. If you are on a designated walking trail, keep to the track and do not walk or drive further than the trail indicates.

Additionally, if you have been in or near vineyards interstate, please ensure your shoes have been cleaned.

For more information and resources about Phylloxera, visit Vinehealth Australia website.

Thank you for your co-operation and we hope to see you at the Brand’s Laira Cellar Door soon!

- the Brand’s Laira team   

Time Posted: Jun 26, 2018 at 4:40 PM
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June 25, 2018 | The Editor

What’s your perfect weekend in Coonawarra?

If you’ve visited the Limestone Coast in South Australia before, you know what a magnificent region it is (and how lucky we are to live and work here!) However, since it’s a good few hours – between 4-6 hours from either Melbourne or Adelaide - it’s definitely off the beaten track for a typical food and wine weekend getaway. That being said, it’s well worth the visit! 

Recently, Fairfax good food visited the region and shared their ‘must-visit’ picks for Coonawarra. Here’s a few of their recommendations – which we couldn’t agree more on!

Drink Ottelia + Eat Fodder   – indulge in delicious (yet so simple) wood fire pizzas or a share platter of fresh produce. After a long road trip from Adelaide or Canberra, or transfer from Mt Gambier, this local haunt is a welcomed pit stop before the wine tasting begins!

Cellar Door visits – did someone say wine tasting? The great things about Coonawarra is that there are around 20 cellar doors to visit, including of course Brand’s Laira. If you’ve got limited time or you’re not sure where to start, the team at Coonawarra Experiences are a good place to start. They can create a tailored Coonawarra adventure for you, complete with transfers.  

Pipers of Penola – the actual town of Coonawarra is tiny so lucky for visitors Penola is only ten minutes up the road and has a number of delicious cafes and restaurants to choose from. Pipers of Penola is a long-time favourite amongst locals and visitors in the mood for a night out. With an impressive wine list and inspiring contemporary Australian dishes to match, a gastronomy experience at Pipers is not to be missed. 

To read the Fairfax good food article click here.

Time Posted: Jun 25, 2018 at 10:56 AM
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June 14, 2018 | The Editor

Burgers + Beats is Back!

Burgers + Beats is back!

The highly anticipated Burgers + Beats event is coming back to Brand’s Laira. This event will take place on 13th October 2018 as part of the month long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations. Chill out on the lawn listening to some awesome beats from Still Krazy! while enjoying a Say Grace Café burger accompanied with one of our award - winning wines.  

Brand’s Laira will also be hosting a number of exciting events over the coming months at our winery and we cannot wait to see you all there! If you have any questions regarding the following events, please contact our friendly cellar door team here.

Special Events with Brand's Laira



Something Old, Something New, Something Very Old, Something Very Few: As part of the Coonawarra's Cellar Dwellers come discover Brand's Laira wines that are 35 years old! For one month only we bring out our back vintages for you to taste.

Event Info:
1st - 31st July 
Cellar Door Hours 

Night Noodle Markets Brisbane with Brand's LairaWe're back! Come visit us at our Brand's Laira pop-up Cellar Door at Brisbane's Night Noodle Markets. Taste the best Coonawarra has to offer while enjoying delectable Asian inspired dishes from market stall holders.

Event Info:
25th - 5th August


Coonawarra Road Show:  In August, we are taking our wines on tour across the country. Come and chat to our talented team who craft our wines. 

Event Info:
Melbourne 8th August - 5 - 8pm
Sydney 10th August - 5 - 8pm
Brisbane 12th August- 2 - 5pm
Adelaide 17th August - 5 - 8pm
Perth 19th August- 2 - 5pm


Past - Present - Future: Part of the month long Coonawarra's Cabernet Celebrations, join us at our Cellar Door to experience the same wine from three different vintages.

Event Info:
6th-7th October

The Three B's: Big Beautiful Brands | Part of the Coonawarra's month long Cabernet Celebration join us at our Cellar Door to sample three different vintages from the nineties

Event Info
13th - 14th October
11 - 4pm

Burgers + Beats: Part of the month long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations, Burgers + Beats is back! Enjoy a Say Grace Cafe gourmet burger with one of our award-winning wines. Chill out on the lawns to the awesome beats from Still Krazy! 

Event Info:
13th October
11 - 4pm

En-Primeur: As Part of the month long Coonawarra Cabernet Celebrations, join us for one weekend only for exclusive barrel tastings. Come test your pallet and see if you can taste the difference between new oak, used oak and the length of time the wine has been barreled.

Event Info:
20th - 21st October
11 - 4pm

Cabernet Surprise: We celebrate Cabernet every day, but, as the month long Cabernet Celebrations comes to a close, we are going to break out the big guns and have a small selection of back vintage wines available for tasting and sale. Don't miss out - call into the Cellar Door to see what we have on offer.

Event Info
27th - 28th October 
11 - 4pm

Night Noodle Markets Sydney with Brand's Laira: We're back! Come visit us at our Brand's Laira pop-up Cellar Door at Sydney's Night Noodle Markets. Taste the best Coonawarra has to offer while enjoying delectable Asian inspired dishes from market stall holders.

Event Info
4th - 21st October 


Night Noodle Markets Melbourne with Brand's LairaWe're back! Come visit us at our  Brand's Laira pop-up Cellar Door at Melbourne Night Noodle Markets. Taste the best Coonawarra has to offer while enjoying delectable Asian inspired dishes from market stall holders.

Event Info:
8th - 25th November

Time Posted: Jun 14, 2018 at 10:10 AM

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