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Visit our events page to see the full list of our events for 2017. Join our Amici Primo mailing list to receive exclusive event invitations and notifications when tickets go on sale.
Tickets go on sale six weeks before the event - please join our Amici Primo mailing list to receive email notifications
Primo & Co Meet The Venetian Lunch
Be the first to taste the new 2016 vintage of The Venetian Garganega made by Primo Estate's owner and winemaker Joe Grilli in the Veneto region of Northern Italy. Join us for a relaxed long table lunch bringing a taste of Venice to the heart of McLaren Vale.
Perth JOSEPH Double Pruners Dinner - Thurs, 06/04/2017
Melbourne JOSEPH Double Pruners Dinner - Mon, 10/04/2017
Sydney JOSEPH Double Pruners Dinner - Tue, 11/04/2017
Brisbane JOSEPH Double Pruners Dinner - Wed, 12/04/2017
Adelaide JOSEPH Double Pruners Dinner - Thu, 20/04/2017
A series of exclusive pre-release dinners for members of our JOSEPH Double Pruners Club. Primo Estate's owner and winemaker Joe Grilli will pour his 2015 JOSEPH Moda, Angel Gully and Nebbiolo for the very first time at these very special evenings. JOSEPH Double Pruners and their guest enjoy these evenings with our compliments and tickets are not for general sale, just one of the many benefits of becoming a JOSEPH Double Pruner.
Mother's Day Lunch
Treat your mother to a long relaxed wine lunch this mother's day in our beatiful McLaren Vale cellar door.
JOSEPH Olive Harvest Lunch
Sat, 10/06/2017 - Mon, 12/06/2017
Join us for a traditional Italian celebration of the new season's olive harvest. Be the first to try the new 2017 JOSEPH First Run Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight from the press at this delicious feast of olive oil rich Italian cuisine.
JOSEPH Winter Wild Lunch
Sat, 05/08/2017 - Sun, 06/08/2017
Cold winter days call for rich red wines and hearty food. Join us for a seasonal feast at McLaren Vale's most stylish cellar door as we pour our newly released JOSEPH red wines for the first time, perfectly accompanied by a specially created wood oven menu.
Father's Day Lunch
Treat dad to a relaxed winery lunch this father's day as we celebrate the release of the new 2017 JOSEPH Cold Pressed Extra Virgin Olive Oil straight from the press.
Sun, 01/10/2017 - Mon, 02/10/2017
Celebrate the arrival of the first green buds of spring in the vineyard with this traditional Italian wood oven feast perfectly paired with a selection of our newly released wines. A great way to enjoy a cellar door lunch in McLaren Vale's beautiful wine country.
Meet The Tuscan Pizza Party
Sat, 25/11/2017 - Sun, 26/11/2017
Sat, 02/12/2017 - Sun, 03/12/2017
Our Italy vs Australia taste test returns as we celebrate the arrival of our new vintage of 2016 Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese all the way from Italy. Enjoy delicious wood oven pizza at this relaxed long table lunch.
'...Primo Estate is the go for stylish-looking table wine which has been part of Adelaide summers for decades and remains still a great little refresher, a tropical holiday in a bottle. You'll lock on to passionfruit, guava and crunchy pineapple flavours all filling the sensories with plenty of bite and tang, balancing the natural fruit sweetness of the grapes within. Good seasonal drinks.'
- Tony Love, The Advertiser November 2016
Sunday 4th December 2016 - Sold Out
Our most popular cellar door lunch is returns this year with an extra Sunday date added due to popular demand!
Join us for our annual Italy vs Australia taste off as we pour Italy's new release 2015 Primo & Co The Tuscan alongside its McLaren Vale twin, 2015 Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese. Two great Shiraz Sangiovese blends, both made by our very own Joe Grilli, but from opposite corners of the globe. Which will get your vote?
Invite your friends to share the fun at this long relaxed lunch in McLaren Vale's stunning wine country. Which wine will you vote to be this year's winner?
Meet The Tuscan Pizza Party Menu
Primo Secco NV Aperol Spritz
Tuscan Style Charcoal Grilled Chicken Skewers
2016 Primo Estate La Biondina Colombard
2015 Primo & Co The Tuscan Shiraz Sangiovese
2015 Primo Estate Il Briccone Shiraz Sangiovese
Margherita Pizza - Tomato, Fiori di Latte, Basil
Salmone Affumicato Pizza - Hot Smoked Salmon, Stracchino, Celeriac, Apple
Quattro Carne Pizza - Four Cured Meats, Olives, Artichoke, Tomato & Fiori di Latte
Agnello Pizza - Wood Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Goat's Curd, Pickled Eggplant, Tomato & Fiori di Latte
Fungi Pizza - Forest Mushrooms, Porcini, Swiss Browns, Taleggio & Black Truffle Oil
NV Primo Secco Sparkling White
Blood Orange & Campari Sorbet with Fresh Summer Fruits
Sunday 4th December 2016 - Sold Out
Please notify us at the time of booking if you require gluten free pizza bases and we will be happy to provide them, we cannot guarantee availability if we are not notified in advance.
Alcohol free 'Drivers tickets' for non-drinkers and children under 18 can be purchased for $55 by calling 08 8323 6800. No refunds less than 7 days prior to the event.
La Dolce Vita Catering will endeavour to cater for all dietary requirements and food allergies however we can't guarantee that meals provided are to exact specifications. Every effort is made to accomodate these requests and strict protocols are followed to ensure that meals are safe for guests with dietary requirements. It should be noted that it is difficult to ensure that ingredients that may cause allergic reactions are kept completely seperate as we try to accomodate a large variety of dietary requirements. We cannot guarantee that traces of certain products will not be in our food and we explicitly accept no liability. For serious food allergies you must make your own decision on selecting meals and our staff's comments are only to assist you in making an informed decision. It is the sole responsibility of the person making the booking to advise their guests with dietary requirements. If you have any questions regarding dietary requirements please call Rob at La Dolce Vita on 0416 146 168
The many Amici Primo who have known Joe over the 37 years since Primo Estate opened will be delighted to hear the announcement of his engagement to the lovely Georgina De Battista. We wish them all the best for their new life together.
Primo Estate is honoured to be named winner of the Landscape and Architecture Category of the South of Australian Best of Wine Tourism Awards. We will now go on to represent Australia in the International awards with a final winner from each Great Wine Capital to be announced in Porto, Portugal in November. The Chair of the South Australian Judging Panel, Karen Raffen said, 'The winners represent the best of SA’s wine tourism businesses – they’re outstanding in their field and are leading in their respective award categories.
The inaugural awards program shines a spotlight on the best from our state and allows them to stand alongside some of the world’s most prestigious and well-known wine operators from around the globe.'
‘The most intelligently beautiful wine tasting edifice in this state, possibly the known universe’ wrote Phillip White when Primo Estate’s new cellar door opened in 2006. A dream three decades in the making, Joe Grilli took inspiration from his 28 vintages in South Australia, Italy and France to create the perfect tasting space. Like Joe’s wines, the building uses Australian natural materials in an Italian style to produce something unique. As we celebrate its 10th anniversary, the design is fulfilling Joe and Dina's dream. Joe says of the win:
'We told the three young architects “build us a modern Australian interpretation of a small Italian square – a piazzetta. Oh and can you design it so that it doesn’t date please!”. To win this award almost exactly 10 years after the building was completed is a testament to their success in meeting the brief. It is a wonderful feeling to have this acknowledgement of our vision and the architects’ skill in translating it into reality. The architects really listened to our vision and they came up with something that surpassed our dreams.'
Venue: Three Blue Ducks, 85 Dunning Avenue, Rosebery, NSW 2018
Contact: Bookings via Primo Estate 08 8323 6800
Mark your diaries Sydneysiders: cellar door manager Mark and the Primo team are bringing our McLaren Vale cellar door experience to the heart of Sydney! Following the huge success of last year's event we will once again be running three days of JOSEPH Experience tastings and a Primo Estate tasting bar at Three Blue Ducks, the exciting new venue located in the space that was formerly Kitchen by Mike in Rosebery. Featuring our classic JOSEPH Experience tasting plus all your favourite Primo Estate wines there will be some very special offers on the day allowing you to stock up for Christmas. Come down to say hello, taste the new vintages, pick up some wine and make a day of it. We can't wait to see you there.
Friday 28th October 2016, 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 29th October 2016, 11am - 4pm
Sunday 30th October 2016, 11am - 4pm
Seats are limited so early booking is advised: Click here to book your seat
Mark your diaries Melbournites: cellar door manager Mark and the cellar door crew are bringing our McLaren Vale cellar door experience to the heart of Melbourne! Following the huge success of last year's sell-out event we will once again be running three days of JOSEPH Experience tastings and a Primo Estate tasting bar at the fabulous 1000£bend venue in the heart of Melbourne. Featuring our classic JOSEPH Experience tasting plus all your favourite Primo Estate wines there will be some very special offers on the day allowing you to stock up for Christmas. Come down to say hello, taste the new vintages, pick up some wine and make a day of it. We can't wait to see you there.
1000£Bend, 361 Little Lonsdale St, Melbourne, Victoria
Friday 21st October 2016, 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 22nd October 2016, 11am - 6pm
Sunday 23rd October 2016, 11am - 4pm
I am saddened to share with you the passing of Joe's father, Primo Grilli. From humble beginnings in Italy's Le Marche region, Primo set off on a great adventure to build a new life in Australia. His second great act of optimism was investing all he had in a winery for his 19 year old son Joe, who was studying wine making at Roseworthy College. From the company he started as a grape grower, Primo lived to see bottles of wine bearing his name spread across Australia and around the world - an astonishing legacy.
I hope that you will join us in raising a glass to the man who made Primo Estate possible and celebrating a life well lived.
Joe Grilli (left) and his father Primo Grilli, among their vines in 1990.
Brisbane Pop Up Cellar Door
12:01 PM to 4:00 PM Fri, 07/10/2016 - Sun, 09/10/2016
Venue: Brisbane Power House, Riverbend Terrace, 119 Lamington Street, New Farm, Queensland 4005
Mark your diaries Brisbane Amici: cellar door manager Mark and the cellar door crew are bringing our McLaren Vale cellar door experience to the heart of New Farm! Following the huge success of last year's event we will once again be running three days of JOSEPH Experience tastings and a Primo Estate tasting bar at the stunning Brisbane Power House. Featuring our classic JOSEPH Experience tasting plus all your favourite Primo Estate wines there will be some very special offers on the day allowing you to stock up for Christmas. Come down to say hello, taste the new vintages, pick up some wine and make a day of it. We can't wait to see you there.
Friday 7th October 2016, 2pm - 7pm
Saturday 8thOctober 2016, 12 noon - 6pm
Sunday 9th October 2016, 11am - 5pm
Seats are limited so early booking is advised: Click here to book your seat
The newly bottled 2016 degorgement of NV JOSEPH Sparkling Red has finally arrived, months after we sold out of the previous bottling.
The last bottling of our iconic JOSEPH Sparkling Red was awarded 96 points and second spot in the whole of Australia in Tyson Stelzer's 2016 Australian Sparkling Wine Report:
'The latest disgorgement of this iconic sparkling red captures all the mystery and the theatrics of a blend of every vintage since the late eighties and some from the early sixties and seventies. McLaren Vale shiraz brings its vibrant, full purple hue and its black fruit depth, while cabernet and merlot contribute their bright blackcurrant crunch and fine tannin grip. The finish explodes into an endless panoply of dark chocolate, black olives, exotic spice, dried fruits and coal dust. Masterful.' - Tyson Stelzer, May 2016
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