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.
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
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.
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.
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.
1st - 31st July
Cellar Door Hours
Night Noodle Markets Brisbane with Brand's Laira: We'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.
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.
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.
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
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!
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.
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.
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.
4th - 21st October
Night Noodle Markets Melbourne with Brand's Laira: We'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.
8th - 25th November
As the weather cools down, most of us tend to reach for red wines to enjoy with heartier or heavier dishes. Brand’s Laira chief winemaker Peter Weinberg shares his advice on choosing the best red wines to enjoy with friends or family – whether it’s a night in or out. While there are no hard and fast rules when it comes to food and wine pairing, there are some simple tricks to keep in mind.
Brand's Laira of Coonawarra in South Australia, is home to some of the oldest vines in the country and produces award-winning and world renowned reds, especially Cabernet Sauvignon. Red wines are classic winter warmers but when it comes to making great food wine matches, Peter suggests that body reigns supreme.
“Consider the weight or complexity of the dish and the wine. Heavier, full bodied wines are usually matched well with more substantial or intricate plates. For example, Cabernet Sauvignon is a good choice to enjoy with braised beef as a main or a platter of strong cheeses after dinner.
The wine you choose should be as sweet - or sweeter - than the dish. If it’s not, the wine may seem a little ‘off balance’.
I also recommend pairing wines according to a dish's spice and sauce, rather than its main ingredient. Try not to get caught up with old school rules like 'chicken should only be paired with white wines'. Select a wine that compliments the flavours and aromas of the dish.
For example, chicken with a slightly sweet barbecue sauce usually pairs nicely with fresh, crisp Rosé.
Finally, don't overthink it and enjoy your night. Experiment with different wine and food pairings and be a bit bold. Trust your senses and you'll be pleasantly surprised.”
Over coming months, Brand's Laira will be bringing the best of Coonawarra to the city as official wine partner of Good Food Month. Keep an eye out for Brand’s Laira pop-up Cellar Doors at the Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne Night Noodle Markets, and Brand’s Laira wines on the menu at all Good Food Month feature events. We hope to share a glass of wine with you soon!
Every year, international winemakers and cellar hands descend on Coonawarra to gain valuable experience in the vineyards and wineries. Meet Leonore Salancon from Bordeaux, France. Leonore joins the Brand’s Laira team as assistant winemaker for the 2018 Coonawarra Vintage.
Q. What initially attracted you to Coonawarra?
I’ve always wanted to work in Coonawarra as the region is internationally renowned for producing amazing cabernet - my favourite grape to work with!
Q. Where else have you worked in the wine industry?
I have worked in numerous wine regions in the past including Bordeaux in France, Marlborough in New Zealand and the Napa Valley in California. In 2016 I also worked for a family winery in the Ferguson Valley in Western Australia.
Q. What do you love about working at Brand’s Laira?
I really enjoy Brand’s Laira’s approach of combining traditional winemaking techniques with modern methods. It can be challenging at times to adapt your winemaking style between the two; however it’s been a fantastic experience learning new skills from the team. My favourite part of my role is being able to follow the ferment and being aware of what’s happening in the tank – the aromas and the taste. For me, that’s the most exciting part of winemaking!
Q. What’s your favourite Brand’s Laira wine and why?
Definitely Stentiford’s. I love this wine’s choc-berry taste and how incredibly smooth the tannins are. It’s well balanced and delivers good harmony between nose and mouth.
Q. Where to after you finish Vintage 2018 in Coonawarra?
Hmmm…good question! I’m not really sure. I’m not ready to go home yet and I’m hoping to find a permanent winemaking position in Australia.
Although Coonawarra’s annual end-of-vintage festival After Dark had to contend with some dark and stormy skies, the event was still a huge success with hundreds of locals and region visitors joining in the festivities filled with food, wine, live music and fun activities.
In addition to Brand’s Laira, three other local wineries participated in Coonawarra After Dark - Digiorgio Family Wines, Zema Estate and Raidis Estate – all hosting unique events.
The After Dark weekend kicked off on Friday afternoon at Digiorgio Family Wines with their traditional vintage stomp where teams rolled up their sleeves and got amongst the grapes. After they were all stomped out, locals and visitors descended on Zema Estate, where Francesca Zema served up her famous family style pizzas for everyone to enjoy.
Later that evening, more than 300 revellers headed to Brand's Laira to relax to reggae beats by popular local musician Rhys Crimmin and tuck into delicious fish and chips, homemade brownies and a glass or two of Brand’s Laira wines. Not perturbed by the weather in the slightest, the crowd danced the night away.
To round off Coonawarra After Dark, on Saturday evening Chris Raidis showcased his famous charcoal grill at Raidis Estate, while live band Kingsley George kept the crowd entertained and on their toes.
Coming up next month is the Penola Coonawarra Arts Festival (17-20 May). It’s one of regional Australia’s leading arts festivals and features exhibitions, workshops, tours and other events – many of which are hosted by Coonawarra’s cellar door wineries, including Brand’s Laira. For more details, visit www.artfestival.com.au.
Coonawarra is set to wrap up the 2018 Vintage very soon and Brand’s Laira chief winemaker Peter Weinberg is confident that this season will produce some excellent wines that represent the very best of Coonawarra.
Although it wasn’t the best start to the season with a black frost event last November, 2018 is shaping up to be a magnificent vintage for the region.
The warmer days and cool nights over recent weeks has helped produce exceptional looking grapes with intense colours, flavours and aromas. Stand-out varietals include Cabernet and Merlot as well as a pretty solid Chardonnay.
Once harvest is done and dusted, our team will turn their attention to the winemaking process. We are all looking forward to tasting our finished wines and reminiscing on all the hard work and long hours that went in to each and every drop!
If you want to experience the very best of a Coonawarra vintage, why not try and visit the region during the infamous Coonawarra After Dark 2018 weekend, 13-15 April. Experience all the excitement and buzz of vintage, as four Coonawarra wineries - including Brand’s Laira - open their doors to visitors at the very peak of the grape harvest.
For more information on Coonawarra After Dark, click here.
With Easter fast approaching, the Brand’s Laira team is excited to offer newsletter subscribers an exclusive Cellar Door March offer – just in time for long weekend celebrations with family and friends. Drinking beautifully now or perfect for cellaring, the March offer features a 6-pack of wine which includes 3 x 2013 Brand’s Laira Tall Vines Shiraz and 3 x 2013 Brand’s Laira 1968 Cabernet.
Take advantage of our exclusive Cellar Door offer today. All wines are in limited quantities so be quick so you don’t miss out. Click here to place order.
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