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13 November 2012 | Primo Estate

2013 Cellar Door Lunch Calendar

Mark your diary for our long, relaxed cellar door lunches in the heart of McLaren Vale's beautiful wine country. Get a group of friends together and share in our seasonal celebrations of new wines and the natural cycle of the vineyard.

Become an Amici Primo (friend of Primo Estate) and receive exclusive invitations to our calendar of delicious celebration lunches in our stunning cellar door. Join the mailing list by entering your name and email address in the box on the right. Tickets go on sale six weeks before each event.

Sunday 27th January 2013 - Primo Estate Summer Sunday Pizza Lunch - SOLD OUT

Share wood oven pizza  and Primo Estate wines in the glorious sunshine

Saturday 13th & Sunday 14th April 2013 - Primo & Co Meet The Venetian Lunch

Welcome the arrival of the elegant white Joe Grilli makes in the Soave region just outside Venice, accompanied by regional dishes of the Veneto.

Saturday 8th, Sunday 9th & Monday 10th June 2013 - Olive Harvest Lunch

Our traditional celebration of the first olive oil of the new season, fresh from the press. A feast of olive oil based cusine,

Saturday 3rd & Sunday 4th August 2013 - Winter Wild Lunch

Rich JOSEPH red wines accompany a hearty gourmet menu of warming winter dishes.

Saturday 5th, Sunday 6th & Monday 7th October 2013 - Primavera Celebration Lunch

Celebrate the arrival of spring in the vineyards with this feast of seasonal dishes perfectly paired with Primo Estate wines.

Saturday 30th November & Sunday 1st December 2013 - Primo & Co Meet The Tuscan Pizza Lunch

Be the first to taste the new vintage of The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese direct from Italy. Take our Italy vs Australia tasting challenge - which will you prefer?

Primo Estate
13 November 2012 | Primo Estate

Huon Hooke Recommends 2010 JOSEPH Moda 'For the Cellar' in Sydney Morning Herald

'This is the best vintage of this wine for some time: the "moda Amarone", or dried fruit method, does not show. It is concentrated and full-bodied, with delicious sweet-berry aromas, richness in the mouth and a fine structure of lacy tannins. The aftertaste lingers on. Drink now to 2025+'

- Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, November 2012

Find out more about our 2010 Moda.

Watch Joe Grilli explain the techniques and philosophy behind Moda.

Primo Estate
8 November 2012 | Primo Estate

McLaren Vale Scarce Earth Shiraz Dinner - 28th November

2009 & 2010 JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz paired with Hills Venison and dried cherry goats cheese panna cotta with juniper salt. Sound good?

Enjoy this and four more delicious courses each paired with two vintages of a McLaren Vale Scarce Earth Shiraz at the National Wine Center on Wednesday 28th November 2012. To see the mouthwatering menu in full and reserve your seat, visit the National Wine Center site.

Primo Estate
1 November 2012 | Primo Estate

New Con Brio Newsletter with Tuscan Chestnut Cake Recipe

Download our free summer newsletter - including a delicious recipe for Tuscan chestnut cake, our 2013 cellar door event dates, Christmas opening hours and all the news from the Primo Team.

Download the pdf  (3.25MB)

Primo Estate
31 October 2012 | Primo Estate

Recipe of the Month - Barchette di Peperone

The 2011 Primo & Co Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese just arrived in cellar door all the way from Italy and we are loving its intense black cherry fruit. With Joe just back from this year's Italian vintage and our Meet The Tuscan Pizza lunches sold out all this talk of Tuscany is making us long for the delicious smell of classic Tuscan stuffed peppers paired with a glass of The Tuscan!

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Barchette di Peperone

PS - Don't miss out on our free recipe of the month emails, become an Amici Primo mailing list member by completing the form on the top right of this page.

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11 October 2012 | Primo Estate

Oz Clarke Rates JOSEPH d'Elena & Moda 'Classy stuff'!

Legendary UK wine writer Oz Clarke has given us a glowing write-up in the 2013 edition of his Oz Clarke Wine Guide:

2011 Primo Estate Joseph Pinot Grigio d’Elena

Pinot Grigio on the label usually suggests a fairly light, insubstantial little thing for carefree glugging and tittering conversation. But not when the mighty Joe Grilli gets involved. Joe never skimps on flavour in his wines, and this really is classy stuff that pushes the Pinot Grigio style as far as it can go. Fluffy apple flesh and pale peach, golden-gage plum skins and bright lemony acidity are tinged by country smoke and laid on a yeasty bed of savoury cream.

No, 14 Red - 2010 Primo Joseph Cabernet Merlot Moda Amarone

Don’t hurry this wine. I’ve kept the odd bottle of this wine to see how it ages. Well, it just gets better and better, and I’m not sure any of mine are even ready yet – and we’re going back 10 vintages here. This 2010 is probably the longest-tasting ever... (Joe Grilli) dries these grapes to concentrate their flavours before fermenting them, and the first impression is of a dark, chewy black wine. But swirl the glass, take your time, and slowly dark, sweet blackcurrant, black cherry and Rosa plum fruit emerges, some mint and eucalyptus scent, some pastry dough and toffee softness, even while a tongue-tingling sourness pokes its fingers into the wines’s ribs. Drink it now if you must, but all of this promise will exhibit a rare brilliance in 10 years’ time.

Primo Estate
11 October 2012 | Primo Estate

Venetian Risi e Bisi - Recipe of the Month

The quintessential Venetian dish, for hundreds of years Risi e Bisi was so highly esteemed that Venetians were only permitted to enjoy it on feast days by order of the Doge. Somewhere between a soup and a risotto you don't have to wait for a feast day to enjoy this quick and easy dish, the perfect pairing with our Merlesco Merlot.

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Risi e Bisi

Primo Estate
19 September 2012 | Primo Estate

Angel Gully Shiraz 96 points

Tyson Stezer has awarded the 2010 JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz 96 points in the latest issue of Wine Business Monthly...

'There's an exotic, lifted spice and flamboyant personality that prevails from this wine in spite of the seasons, a signature of a special site, unmatched by any other patch of dirt'.

Buy the 2010 JOSEPH Angel Gully Shiraz now.

Primo Estate
4 September 2012 | Primo Estate

Zamberlamb - Recipe of the Month

Our deliciously rich 2010 Primo Estate Zamberlan Cabernet Sauvignon Sangiovese is the perfect pairing with this seasonal spring recipe from Rob Paglia at La Dolce Vita (many of you will recognise Rob as the chef behind our fabulous cellar door lunches). It is such a great match for our 'baby Moda' Zamberlan that we call it 'Zamberlamb'. To find out how Zamberlan got its name, watch Joe's video.

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PS - Come and enjoy Zamberlan, JOSEPH Nebbiolo, and the new 2012 Merlesco Merlot paired with Rob Paglia of La Dolce Vita's cooking at our Budburst Lunch on Sunday 30th and public holiday Monday 1st October - book your tickets now

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28 August 2012 | Primo Estate

Shimmer Photography Exhibition at Primo Estate Cellar Door

'Closer' a stunning exhibition of photography by Sandra Elms and Tony Kearney is gracing our cellar door function room as part of the Shimmer festival. Open from 11am - 4pm from 1st 'till 23rd September this is the perfect opportunity to combine a cellar door tasting with a wander around the gallery in the spring sunshine.