Discover producers making French varietals at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 this weekend!

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Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 is on in Adelaide this Friday and Saturday. A chance to taste wines, gins and more from South Australian producers.

In this article, we let you know about exhibiting producers who produce wines from less commonly seen French varietals (Carignan, Durif, Frontignac, Gamay, Mourvèdre, Petit Verdot, Picpoul, Roussanne, and even Sauvignon Gris!) and those with Rosés and sparkling wines including made from French varietals or in the French Pét nat method.

You’ll even find gins and liqueurs made from some of these French wine varietals!

Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023


Forage Supply Co. creates both a Caveman Carignan wine and a blend of Grenache, Carignan, Montepulciano called Baby Face.


Durif producers at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023

This grape is also known as Petit Syrah or Petite Syrah. The following exhibiting producers have wines from this grape in their ranges:



You’ll find Frontignac from these exhibiting producers:



The grape that produces the famous Beaujolais Nouveau wine is also used by Anvers Wine for its Gamay wine.



This grape is also known as Mataro and Alicante. These producers exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 that have Mourvèdres in their ranges:


Pétillant naturel (Pét Nat) producers at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 

While less commonly seen in Australia, Pétillant naturel is a sparkling wine made via the oldest method of making it known as the méthode ancestrale or ancestral method.

  • New Era makes its Pét Nat from 70% Pinot Noir and 30% Sauvignon Blanc
  • Starrs Reach has a 100% Grenache Pét Nat


Petit Verdot 

  • Killibinbin uses Petit Verdot in its Secrets blend range(Cabernet Sauvignon 62% Shiraz 32% Petit Verdot 5%),
  • Rymill made a 2020 PV Petit Verdot
  • Spook Hill make a Petit Verdot called Petty Criminal



Grounded Cru has Picpoul in its range.



Two producers exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest this weekend have Roussannes in their ranges:

  • Dandelion Vineyards produces a single varietal Roussanne.
  • George’s Folly produces a range of wines from Roussanne: Off with the fairies Sparkling Roussanne, Roussanne and a Shiraz Rousanne blend.


Rosés made from French varietals

These producers exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 have Rosés made from French varietals:


Sauvignon Gris

George’s Folly has its So Vain Jane Sauvignon Gris.


Sparkling wines at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023

There are a number of producers who make sparkling wines from French varietals who are exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023:

  • Anvers Wine makes a Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonnay.
  • Bec Hardy make a Premium Sparkling from a blend of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay
  • Beresford Estate make Angelique Sparkling from 95% chardonnay and 5% grenache.
  • The Blok Coonawarra makes a NV Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay
  • Byrne Vineyards produces a Blanc de blancs
  • CW Wines make a Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir for the Guide Dogs called First Paw “Sparkling” as well as a Sparkling Rosé in their Fênetre Lavande range
  • Forage Supply Co has a Grenache de Blanc which is made using traditional champagne techniques
  • George’s Folly produces an Off with the fairies Sparkling Roussanne
  • Grounded Cru has a Pinot Noir Chardonnay Sparkling in its range
  • Mary’s Myth has a blanc de blancs in its range
  • One lonely barrel produces a Sparkling Pinot Noir Chardonay
  • Reschke produces its R-Series Sparkling from Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
  • Schild Estate has a 100% Chardonnay sparkling wine
  • Soul Growers has Elder Hall Sparkling Chardonnay Pinot Noir
  • Starrs Reach produces a Sparkling Blush from Grenache
  • Stonehaven Stepping Stone Sparkling is made from Chardonnay and Pinot Noir
  • Tomich Wines produces the lesser seen Blanc de Noirs
  • Ulster Park Wines produces a Pinot Noir Chardonnay blend called Fernilee sparkling


Syrah producers exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023

Shiraz and Syrah are of course the same grape but known by different names but it is far less common to see it called Syrah in Australia. These producers exhibiting at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 have Syrahs in their ranges:


Less-common blends from producers at Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023

These producers are making interesting blends with French varietals

  • Anvers Wine produces a Chardonnay Syrah.
  • Claymore Wines produces a Cabernet Malbec
  • Forage Supply Co. produces a number of interesting less-commonly seen blends from French varietals including Grenache de blanc, Caveman Carignan, Baby face field blend (Grenache, Carignan & Montepulciano),
  • George’s Folly produces a Shiraz Roussanne blend as well as So Vain Jane Sauvignon Gris.


WHAT: Cellar Door Fest Winter Edit 2023 – your ticket gets you all tastings and a Riedel wine glass to keep as well as the Cellar Door Fest map which will guide you through the event.

WHEN: Three sessions to choose from:

  • Friday Night Knock Offs: 5pm to 9 pm, Friday 7 July SOLD OUT
  • Saturday 8 July 11am– 4pm
  • Saturday 8 July 5pm – 9pm.

WHERE: Adelaide Convention Centre

HOW: Purchase your tickets via the official website

HOW MUCH: Ticket prices are as follows:

  • Friday general admission $41.98 ( NOW SOLD OUT)
  • Saturday (either session) general admission $47.09

There are discounts available for groups of 10 or more for each session

Which producers would you like to visit ?



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