Friday 2 January 2015

Top Adelaide Hills Wineries in running for Strathalbyn Cup

Four of the Adelaide Hills top wineries have come to an arrangement with Strathalbyn Racing Club to see regional wines served for the first time at the Strathalbyn Cup – one of South Australia’s premier racing events.

Following an approach spearheaded by Sidewood, the four Adelaide Hills producers to feature their wines are Sidewood, Golding, K1 and Bird in Hand. With the famed cool climate of the Adelaide Hills lending itself to the creation of some of the finest sparkling and white varieties in the country, the January 11 event is perfect for a nicely chilled glass or two whilst celebrating with friends on a warm summer’s day.

Sidewood owner Owen Inglis said, “it just seems natural that when a major event is held in the vicinity of this fantastic wine producing region, Adelaide Hills wines should be offered to patrons. Given this one is close to my heart, we couldn’t just sit idly by and not make an approach to the Strathalbyn Racing Club. Thankfully we received a positive response.

“This is a first of what we hope will influence other events in the Adelaide Hills and its surrounds whereby moving forward, regional wine producers will be afforded the opportunity to pour their wines” he said.

Owen Inglis’ affiliation with horses and racing extends back to his youth, having spent a large portion time at his aunt’s 400 acre horse stud around Clarendon and learning to ride at just 5 years of age. At around 10, he spent a year at Hong Kong’s apprentice jockey school – thankfully his career took him in other directions that eventually saw him purchase Ashwood Estate vineyard (and its stables) from Coriole in 2004. The rest is Sidewood history!

The place to be at the Strathalbyn Cup will be the Sparkling Summer enclosure - $100 tickets include

  • Race Entry
  • Private outdoor picnic area with prime trackside viewing
  • A commemorative Speiglieu wine glass
  • 4 glasses of premium Adelaide Hills wine
  • 3 food vouchers from The Vendor with food cooked on Jules’ impressive 5m long charcoal BBQ! (as seen at Barrio, Big Day out and Sydney food Festivals)

Total ticket value is $120

Tickets for the Sparkling Summer enclosure and General Admission are available at

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