It is Clare Gourmet weekend soon (18–21 May) and there is no better time of the year to visit the Clare Valley. Apart from the wine and food on offer, the air will be crisp and the Valley will be dressed in gorgeous autumnal hues.
This year is the 34th Clare Valley Gourmet weekend and Penna Lane vigneron Peter Treloar has been involved since the very beginning. Back in the early days—the first Gourmet was in 1984 and was the first event of its kind in Australia—Peter and Steve Hoff were co-hosts at Heritage Wines, which in those days was located just south of the Clare township. Lightly fried white bait was on the menu at Heritage (see extract below) and the food around the Valley was provided by some pretty famous chefs/restaurants—Cath Kerry from Possums, Magic Flute, Neddy’s, Doyle’s of Sydney, to name a few.
This year Penna Lane will be one of five wineries at The Gourmet Hub at the Clare Valley Showgrounds, on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th May. Spanish style food will be provided by Sam Worrall-Thompson of Kitchen and Catering by Sam, and the Clare Valley Cuisine Gourmet Market have also joined the Hub this year and will be showcasing their regional produce.
Don’t miss this opportunity to sample some great wines from Penna Lane, Artwine, Rhythm Stick, Farrell Wines and Greg Cooley Wines, and great food, all in the one central location.
The Showgrounds are opposite the Tourism Centre, on the Horrocks Highway.
Our Cellar Door at Penwortham will also be open for normal trading during Gourmet weekend, on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.
Below is an extract from the 1985 Menu.