Beer,Meat and Wine! If ever there was a trio that worked so well together, this is it. We've listened to your requests and have been busy working behind the scenes on, yet another stellar dinner hosted here at Rare Midtown.
This premier evening and event, showcases and focuses on these delicious elements and our chef's and team have created an amazing event and menu which will make your taste buds sing.This event is reminiscent of ye old days feasts, where food is spread across the table and that the beer and wine are free flowing. The dishes will be served communal style, and it’s the momentous event to hang out with a group or friends or come and meet some new like minded ones.
We’re delighted to be showcasing the wines from one of Australia’s most premier vineyards – Zema Estate.Grape growing, and wine making has been a large part of the Zema Family history and heritage dating back to the 1800’s. It was at this time that the Zema family first became involved with vineyards and wine making not only for personal consumption but also on a commercial basis. Demetrio’s great grandfather Matteo opened the first wine bar/tavern in Armo, Reggio Calabria in 1835, much to the angst of the local authorities at the time. Although the tavern no longer exists, it was this legacy and a passion for wine that has been passed down from generation to generation.
Demetrio and his wife Francesca emigrated to Australia in the 1950’s, and in 1982 the dream became a reality when the family was able to purchase a small block of mature vines in the very heart of Coonawarra.The first vintage of Zema Estate wines was made with very little equipment, a tin shed and an old milk tanker under the generous guidance of veteran Coonawarra Winemaker Mr. Ken Ward. The family moved in to the small home on site and went about establishing their new venture with assistance from their extended group of family and friends who rallied, helping out with planting new vines, hand pruning and picking.
Additional buildings were added over time, from the initial winery and Cellar Door sales constructed in time for the 1983 vintage to the recently added new Cellar Door, office complex and warehouse which was opened on April 19, 2006. For many years the bottling of Zema Estate wines was done on site, either through the family bottling line or using a mobile bottling facility. Due to increased demand and the opportunity to utilise the expertise and latest technology available, bottling is now completed off site. Bottling times are determined by the maturation and development of the wines, with all aspects overseen by Winemaker Greg Clayfield and the family. The new warehouse provides ideal storage conditions for wines awaiting release.
Today Zema Estate is managed by Nick and Matt Zema with Demetrio and Francesca never too far away, either helping in Cellar Door or cooking up a storm for visitors, staff and guests. Although the Zema family deservedly takes immense pride in their achievements they have not lost sight of their original philosophies – Estate grown, hand pruned, minimally irrigated, hand crafted, attention to detail – consistently produced exceptional wines.
Producing some of the finest wines in South Australia, it’s with great pleasure we welcome the Zema family bringing with them their award-winning wines the opportunity to share and showcase these at Rare. Our team at Rare have also selected a variety of favourite local and international beers to serve as a sensational palate cleanser to make this dinner a truly exceptional experience.
Tickets are available now, for what is set to be a unique food, beer and wine event. Places are strictly limited so secure you spot now. $135 pp + bf . Purchase tickets here