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Mount Lofty House HVR Series

Mount Lofty House has announced a new series of events that will engage food and wine lovers and show case the estate’s extensive food and wine program.

The first event, on Thursday 1 September 2022, will be hosted by Head Chef Jin Choi in the three-chef hat Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant alongside Head Sommelier Abhas Saxena and resident wine maker Xavier Bizot.

Chef Jin Choi will take guests on a five-course culinary journey of South Australian food paired with wines from Xavier’s cellar by Terroirs Selections. The evening will also include a tour of Hardy’s Verandah Restaurant cellar and finish in bar.


Amuse Bouche & Oysters

DAOSA Natural Réserve 5th Release & DAOSA Piccadilly Valley Blanc de Blancs 2017

Marron, chilli and tamarind, House made bread & butter

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Sauvignon Blanc 2021

Tooth fish, winter greens & sauce Mimolette

Tapanappa Tiers Vineyard Chardonnay 2021

Smoked Venison, Goat curd, enoki mushrooms

Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Pinot Noir 2021 & Tapanappa Foggy Hill Vineyard Definitus 2019

Braised short ribs, broccoli, cured egg yolk

Terre à Terre Crayères Vineyard Reserve 2018 (Cabernet Shiraz) & Tapanappa Whalebone Vineyard

2020 (Cabernet Merlot)

Citrus crème brulée, citrus salad, coconut sorbet

Terre à Terre Botrytis 2021 (Sauvignon Blanc sweet wine)

Petits fours served with tea and coffee



Thursday 1 September 2022

6pm for a 6:30 seating

$399 per person

Bookings available here > https://www.ivvy.com.au/event/6ENNZ5/

Xavier Bizot – Terre à Terre & Daosa

Hailing from the Bollinger family in France, Xavier Bizot, has been involved with his father in law Brian Croser at his Tapanappa winery since the start in 2003.

In 2004 Xavier and his wife Lucy planted their Crayères Vineyard in Joanna, north of Coonawarra, with Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Shiraz and Sauvignon blanc on the classic terra rossa over limestone soils, with a very unique close spacing vineyard design.

In 2006, Xavier studied viticulture at Adelaide University Waite campus and a subsequent year of oenology in 2007.

Xavier and Lucy started their Terre à Terre wine label in 2008 making wines from the Crayères Vineyard and their DAOSA label ion 2009, making traditional method sparkling wines from their vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley.

From the 2020 vintage, Xavier and Lucy started making the sparkling wines from the vineyards in Mount Lofty House and these wines will be available for the guests from 2023 onwards. 

Abhas Saxena – Mount Lofty Estate Head Sommelier

Abhas Saxena joined Mount Lofty House Estate as Head Sommelier in February 2002. Abhas is a certified sommelier from The Court of Master Sommeliers, European Chapter, and has spent the last decade working with the finest in the industry.

Abhas spent a number of years with India’s largest hotel group, Taj Hotel Group, where he was Head Sommelier and was responsible for developing and executing the new brand standard wine list for all  luxury hotels across India. There, he was awarded Best Sommelier for Taj Group at TABE (Taj Award for Business Excellence)

Abhas has created wine lists that won the Award for Excellence from Wine Spectator in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016. He was also the winner of the 10th Indian Sommelier Championship and four ancillary rounds and in 2017 he was awarded the best sommelier of the year (Editorial choice awards) at the Hotelier India-F&B Conclave.