HomeDine DrinkPeppers ‘Wine Wars’: Australia’s Greatest Wine Regions Go Into Battle

The Peppers Gourmet Food Trail launched in August 2012 continues to wind its way down Australia’s east coast with a new ‘Wine Wars’ series of events promoting healthy regional rivalry and the celebration of fine food and wine.

‘Wine Wars’ is a light-hearted series of events bringing ‘rival’ winemakers from Australia’s greatest wine regions together to compete at select Peppers retreats and resorts. Palates will be put to the test with guests asked to vote on their favourite wine for each course and at the end of the evening, the winning ‘Wine Wars’ winemaker will be revealed.

Accompanying the wines, guests will be treated to a degustation dinner prepared by Peppers chefs in foodie locales such as the Hunter Valley, Kingscliff in Northern NSW, the picturesque Southern Highlands of NSW and Palm Cove in Tropical North Queensland.

Details of the ‘Wine Wars’ events are listed below and online at www.peppers.com.au/food/winewars-list-of-events/ :

Peppers Guest House Hunter Valley, NSW

WINE WAR EVENT: Hunter vs McLaren Vale
Friday 7 June 2013 – 6.30pm
$120 per person

As part of the Hunter Valley Wine & Food Month, Peppers Guest House in the heart of Hunter Valley wine country will showcase two heavyweights of the wine industry with Brokenwood representing the Hunter and d’Arenberg representing South Australia’s McLaren Vale region. The event includes a five-course degustation dinner prepared by Chef John Edwards of Peppers Guest House’s Chez Pok Restaurant.

For bookings phone (02) 4993 8999 or email guesthouse@peppers.com.au

Further information: www.peppers.com.au/guest-house/news-and-events/

Peppers Salt Resort & Spa Kingscliff, NSW

WINE WAR EVENT: Petaluma vs St Hallet
Friday 7 June 2013 – 6:45pm for pre-dinner drinks and 7pm dinner.
$135 per person

South Australian wine greats Petaluma, from the Adelaide Hills and St Hallet, from the Barossa Valley, will bring the vineyards to the coast at Peppers Salt Resort & Spa. Chef Martin Glutz from Peppers’ Season Restaurant will provide the gourmet faire to accompany the battle between Petaluma’s established wine styles and St Hallett’s passion for the fruit of the Barossa Valley. Celebrated wine critic Nick Stock of Gourmet Traveller WINE and SMH/The Age Good Wine Guide will host the evening.

For bookings phone 02 6674 7777 or email salt@peppers.com.au

Further information: http://www.peppers.com.au/salt/news-and-events/

Peppers Craigieburn, Bowral, Southern Highlands NSW

WINE WAR EVENT: Petaluma vs St Hallet
Saturday 22 June 2013 – 6.30pm
$110 per person

South Australian wine greats, Petaluma and St Hallet, will head south to the picturesque New South Wales Southern Highlands to compete in the historic surrounds of Peppers Craigieburn. Guests will enjoy four courses prepared by Executive Chef Warrick Brooke of Peppers Craigieburn’s Montfort’s Dining Room to complement the superb wines on show with wine expert Nick Stock on hand to provide some essential wine insights.

For bookings phone 07 4059 9200 or email craigieburn@peppers.com.au

Further information: www.peppers.com.au/craigieburn/news-and-events/

Peppers Beach Club & Spa, Palm Cove, Qld

WINE WAR EVENT: Petaluma vs St Hallet
Saturday 27 July 2013 – 6pm
$159 per person

Far from the country vistas of the Adelaide Hills and Barossa Valley, Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove in North Queensland will play host to iconic South Australian wine greats Petaluma and St Hallet to compete amongst the tropics. The spectacular setting provides a perfect backdrop and with gourmet food prepared by Chef Thomas Ege – the newly appointed Executive Chef of Peppers’ Lime & Pepper Restaurant – it promises to be a memorable evening. Wine critic Nick Stock will again host the event as the winemakers vie for guest praise.

For bookings phone 07 4059 9200 or email palmcove@peppers.com.au

Further information: www.peppers.com.au/beach-club-spa/packages

The ‘Wine Wars’ series continues the Peppers vision to showcase regional food and wine, from the paddock to the plate, and integrate exceptional accommodation with gourmet dining experiences.

Accommodation packages are also available for all Wine Wars events – visit www.peppers.com.au for details.

Peppers Retreats, Resorts & Hotels is Mantra Group’s luxury accommodation brand. There are 28 Peppers properties in Australia and New Zealand in regional areas, resort destinations and metropolitan locations with the first Peppers in Fiji due to open in 2012. All offer a level of style and quality to meet the expectations of the most discerning traveller: www.peppers.com.au

What began as a group of small boutique retreats now includes a host of luxury holiday resorts and the beginnings of a network of metropolitan based apartment hotels. Retreats include Peppers Guest House Hunter Valley – the historic heart and home of Peppers; Peppers Cradle Mountain Lodge, Peppers Mineral Springs Retreat in Daylesford and Peppers Craigieburn Bowral through to the impressive resort style accommodation at Peppers Salt Resort in Kingscliff and Peppers Beach Club & Spa Palm Cove. In New Zealand, resorts such as Peppers Clearwater Christchurch and Peppers Bluewater Lake Tekapo are complemented by boutique retreats such as Peppers Parehua Martinborough and Peppers Awaroa Lodge in Abel Tasman National Park. The brand’s first foray into metropolitan locations has been a great success with the opening of Peppers Broadbeach in 2010. Further CBD and regional locations around Australia and New Zealand slated for 2013 and 2014 openings.

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