The team at Watervale Hotel are passionate about fresh local food and Clare Valley produce.

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Clare valley gourmet week 2022

Long Lunch with Koerner Wines

Friday 13th May

cellars without doors

Friday 13th May

Kilikanoon Revelation Flights

Monday 16th to Thursday 19th May


Friday 20th May

Kirrihill Wines - Fire, Smoke & Smoulder

Saturday 21st May

Katie's Wonderland & The Mad Hatters Tea Party

Sunday 22nd May


alternative reality

Sunday 1st May 2022

Take an adventure in an alternative reality – see, taste, feel, and experience where your food and wine is grown, and engage your sixth sense as you tour the bio-dynamic Penobscot Farm, allowing you to truly connect with the land.

Executive chef Nicola and her team of international chefs will demonstrate how they enhance and enrich the fresh, natural flavours Mother Nature has gifted us through a six course Degustation that compliments carefully selected Clare Valley wines by Warrick from producers using alternative varietals or approaches in their winemaking.

For those travelling from Adelaide we have a return bus leaving Victoria Square at 9.30am and coming straight to Penobscot Farm and the Watervale Hotel. Enjoy a day of wining and dining without worrying about driving. Event tickets and bus transfers must be purchased on the Tasting Australia website.

Clare valley gourmet week 2022

Running from Friday 13th of May for 10 days till Sunday the 22nd, the Clare Valley Gourmet Week is going to be filled with all sorts of events here at the Watervale Hotel. We look forward to announcing our events very shortly but we will be collaboration with some amazing brands. We will have degustation dinners, structured tastings, garden parties and fire up the Fires of Hell BBQ! Join us and the likes of the Koerner brothers, the wonderful Marnie of Matriarch & Rogue, Kilikanoon, Kirrihill, and our special array of Cellar without Doors. 

Events released February 2022 – you can join our Watervale Epicurean Society below to be the first to know.

Long Lunch with Koerner Wines

Friday May 13th 2022

Koerner Wine will be teaming up with Nicola and Warrick at the Watervale Hotel to bring you a long lazy Friday lunch. Damon and Jono Koerner will be there to talk through each wine along side Nicola and Warrick who will talk through each dish in a very casual setting.

Koerner wines are often allocated and hard to get, so this is a great opportunity to try new releases and wines not available to the public whilst hearing all about how they are made. 

cellars without doors

Friday May 13th 2022

Our annual Cellars Without Doors is back!

Amazing wines from small producers who do not have a Cellar Door in the Clare Valley will be matched to a six course degustation dinner hosted by Chef Nicola Palmer, MC Sommelier Warrick Duthy and the Winemakers / Proprietors who will talk to each of the wines.

This year Tim Gramp will present his Tempranillo, Kevin Mitchell his Woodvale GSM, and the Calcannia Sangiovese will join some of our favourites such as Vickery Riesling, Hesketh Fiano, Farrell, Bourke and Travers, and of-course John Hughes’ Rieslingfreak. 

Kilikanoon Revelation Flights

Monday 16th - Thursday 19th May 13th 2022

Join us for a Kilikanoon Revelation Flight. Taste six wines matched with 6 morsels designed by the Watervale Hotel.

This is the Kilikanoon Revelation offered by Kilikanoon at their Cellar Door, but with matched food to make the experience even more amazing. 

This tasting can best be followed by a dinner booking. 

Living Melting Pot

Friday May 20th 2022

Half Day Event – Organic Farm Tour with cocktails and canapes, Vineyard Visit with Food over Fire, Barrel Tasting, unreleased wines & Long Table Degustation Dinner. All inclusive, food, wine, transport.

Spend an afternoon and into the night with two of the regions leading ladies when it comes to doing things differently. Two eco warriors – one in food, and one in wine. Discover what they are both doing to add to the Living Melting Pot of our beautiful region.

Nicola Palmer of the Watervale Hotel & Penobscot Farm along with Marnie Roberts of Matriarch & Rouge Wines will host you through out the afternoon and evening.

You will hear stories about both of these amazing women, their background, and their businesses. You will taste organic food from the farm, and savour exclusive, unreleased wines. Gain first-hand knowledge of the land and history of the Watervale region, from its Traditional owners through to current times, the history of the Hotel, the early settlers, the vineyards and surrounds.

Bus transfers to all locations are included in ticket price with pick up from Clare or Auburn. Details to be released closer to the date.

Kirrihill Wines - Fire, Smoke & Smoulder

Saturday May 21st 2022

Join the Kirrihill winemakers for a tasting of their award-winning wines partnered with a memorable Watervale Hotel Feast. Cooked in front of you on our Fires of Hell Asado your senses will smolder at the fabulous pairing of sensational food, prepared by the amazing team featuring local produce and accompanied by the perfect wines.

The Kirrihill Team will provide insights to the wine and terroir,  you will have the chance to enjoy 6 wines including a side by side tasting of Australia’s Best Shiraz (2021) the Partner 2019 Shiraz and the recent 2020 release, amongst other delicious wines. A perfect way to enjoy the Gourmet Festival and a unique Valley experience.

Katie's Wonderland & The Mad Hatters Tea Party

Sunday May 22nd 2022

Join us in Katie Spain’s Wonderland the Penobscot Gardens. Where guests will be encouraged to dress-up, have their faces painted and glittered, become mad hatters, and practice anonymity with masquerade attire.

We will encourage everyone to wear their mask whilst eating, drinking, and dancing!

Emphasis will be on fun rather than education with wines used in spritzers and mulled over fires. Katie Spain will select her favourite Clare Valley party wines.

DJ Driller will be on the decks there will be dancing throughout the event. 

Head Chef Nicola Palmer will treat guests to ’50 Shades of Grazing’, well maybe not 50, but an afternoon of creative canapes inspired by the fresh organic and bio-dynamic produce from Penobscot Farm. Nicola will use a fire pit to impart flavours of fire and smoke.

The party ticket will be all inclusive of food, drinks, entertainment and dress-ups, although Katie will want those back. 

Enjoy the day and leave the driving to someone else. We will arrange a bus transfer to and from Adelaide for an additional cost.






Taste Nature

Our menu is seasonal, driven by produce from our own organic, bio dynamic Penobscot Farm.