Winter Drinking on the South Coast11 June 2020 – posted in: Winery, Rosie's Tips

Here on the South Coast we are still enjoying warm days and bright blue skies, but as the sun sets over the mountains the evenings are cool and cosy. Vintage has finally slowed down, and the barrel-aged wines are all stored away for winter. We are getting ready to settle into Winter, so it is time to get back to what we love to do at this time of year.  Tasting wine, enjoying cheese and slow cooked food, cosying up by the fire and spending more time with our family and friends.


There is nothing better than settling in with a glass of something warming and delicious in the evenings. Red wine is everyone’s go-to choice for winter, with rich flavours you can opt for the robust Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlots and blends are obvious options. However, if you want to mix it up, you can also consider Tempranillo and Barbera, which are perfect with a slow-cooked ragu or pizza.  If you prefer delicate reds such as Pinot Noir you may want to try Nebbiolo which is an aromatic alternative that is light in colour but bold in flavours with structural tannin and acidity.


Of course, you can drink white in Winter too and they are welcomed rest from a big rich red.  The key to choosing winter whites is looking for texture, weight and flavour. Some whites also taste better served closer to room temperature, and these types are ideal for the cooler months. Wintry options include rich, oaky Chardonnays, Rhone white blends with Marsanne, and Viognier.


Luscious botrytised and fortified wines are the ultimate winter warmers. Try our concentrated and treacly fortified Pinot Gris by a crackling fire or our Botrytis Viognier with a warming pudding.  


We asked a few people in the Cupitt Team to give us there go-to drops over the Winter and what they love about the South Coast at this time of year.

Rosie Cupitt (Founder/Head Cheesemaker) loves Nebbiolo and Pinot Noir at this time of year. Particularly when it is paired with some Duck Confit or a Wild Mushroom Risotto. Rosie’s favourite thing about the South coast in Winter is ‘Getting up early to see the sunrise at Narrawallee Beach and enjoying walks along deserted beaches that packed during the summer months.

Head Brewer Liam Jackson has been enjoying a deep dive into the world of Shiraz this Winter. ‘With the cool weather, I’ve been enjoying big, rich and spicy ones from the likes of Teusner, Tyrell’s and Yangarra Estate. Not to mention our Dusty Dog and Tempranillo.’

What is Liam’s best thing to do on the South coast in Winter? ‘Bushwalk. Replenish with delicious food and drink. Bushwalk. More delicious food and drink. More bushwalking. It’s the best time of year for sure!’

Front of House Manager Claire Rash loves Cabernet Sauvignon, a heavy Shiraz or a nice Malbec in the wintertime, particularly with some Italian pasta or a nice roast (Claire loves cooking for her friends and family). She has also been enjoying a full bodied white wine like the Cupitt FianoBest thing to do in the South Coast in winter months is sit in front of the fire with a glass of Cupitt’s Carolyn’s Cabernet or if it’s nice weather enjoying a nice bushwalk.

Cellar Door Manager Steve Pudsey says ‘fuller bodied reds in the winter months is a favourite (although must say happy to drink them all year round!) – but a good Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon or Tempranillo that has a fruit richness along with depth of flavour and character has a “winter warmer’ appeal for me. A slow cooked lamb and fennel ragu coupled with our Cupitt’s Tempranillo is particularly very comforting.’

What is the best thing to do on the South Coast in Winter? ‘The days when the sun is shining with a beautiful blue sky I love being on the coast – surfing of course if there are waves – if not then going on many of the walks around the headlands checking out the whales migrating or just looking at the water. On those cold, wet wintry days I love being warm and dry inside, perhaps beside a log fire, looking out at that wild weather relaxing and enjoying good food and wine.’

General Manager Tom Cupitt enjoys Tempranillo and Nebbiolo in the Winter, hopefully with Roast Pork and all of the trimmings. Tom’s fave thing about the South Coast in Winter ‘Surf. Winter swells and low crowds.’

Libby Cupitt’s choice is ‘Barbera, hands down. Barbera has many similarities to Nebbiolo, it packed full of red fruit and berries with a rustic earthiness. Barbera is generally not high in tannin, making it the perfect drink now style’. The Barbera is always Cupitt’s most anticipated red wine release and the fastest to sell out. 

The Front of House Crew including Thasia, Ghia, Jana and Enzo have all wholeheartedly recommended the Nebbiolo. There were also demands for us to bring back Tommy’s famous Mulled Wine which is a firm favourite for Staff drinks on a Sunday afternoon.

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