Let Them Drink Wine Gala Dinner, The Manor

“Fire up the winter soul in the Adelaide Hills!”

And what better place to do it than at the beautiful and stunning Manor castle in Basket Range! This stunning piece of architecture that dates back to 1928 has preserved its historic charm and charisma, whilst undergoing a recent 100 million dollar revamp that added a touch of modernity to the establishment.

“And I will make thee beds of roses, And a thousand fragrant posies” – Marie Antoinette

Nestled in the Adelaide Hills and boasting of a priceless view, the Manor will be hosting a Let Them Drink Wine Gala dinner in collaboration with Tomich Wines and will be bringing wine, warmth, and wonder – all under one roof – as part of the Winter Reds Festival!


The castle is surrounded by ample indoor and outdoor spaces, all of which will be used to provide guests with an unforgettable night of royalty and glamour.

Inspired by Marie Antoinette, guests are encouraged to bring their best impersonation of the ageless beauty to the dinner with a look that is (not limited to) boldfierce, loudextravagant, and oh so fabulous!

“We had a beautiful dream and that was all” – Marie Antoinette

True to its vintage and timeless setting, guests can also expect nothing short of a lavish (5-course) banquet in the ballroom. Winter warmers such as slow-roasted suckling pig, wintery trimmings, such as stewed apple and fennel, and roasted potatoes will be eloquently paired with wines, cocktails, and cheese.

And in the wise words of lady Antoinette herself, “if the people have no bread, let them eat cake” and cake there shall be! Along with other French dessert classics, such as macarons and crème brûlée – just what the Queen ordered!


Whilst enjoying their canapés and cocktails, guests will also be treated to the classics as well as fresh beats, as performed by the Adelaide Hills string quartet Strung-out Mamaswho, before transporting back to the current date and shaking to the funk + house tunes by DJ Nick Dawson.

In anticipation of this exquisite banquet, a couple of lucky Adelaidian girls and myself were invited to visit the fairy tale location, where we were pampered like the queens that we became, thanks to a talented team of designers, makeup artists, and hair stylists. Sporting a bouffant hairdo, painted rosy cheeks, and a distinct beauty spot on my face, I was transformed into a modern caricature of the lady of the hour herself!

Hair and make up by Colour Cosmetica, photography by Matthew Kroker

I chose to dress in the elegant Victoria Dress by Dark Thorn Clothing, coupled with the classy Sporty Stripes Hosiery from Black Milk Clothing. Others were dressed up in gorgeous gowns by Eliza French and Varacalli Couture (as pictured below). And I have to admit – it felt fantastic to be treated like and dressed up like royalty! While we sipped on the delicious drops by Tomich Wines and adored the view around us, it became increasingly harder to want to leave this slice of heaven.


“Whether guests want to be primped, powdered and wigged or simply nod to embroidered elegance – this will be a party where every guest has that certain Je ne Sais Quoi” – saysTomich Wines Director, Randall Tomich.

With two weeks to go till the magical night, I’d highly suggest you head to your nearest costume shop with your king or queen and stock up on all the essentials to hit the “French & Magnifique” dress code – think of poufs, feathers, trinkets, pocket watches, corsets, and whatever else tickles your fancy (pun intended)!

Event Details
Date & time of event:          July 28, 2018, 6:30pm start
Outfit of choice:                   French & magnifique
Price:                                      $155 per person
+$30 bus shuttle service (optional)
Booking link:               

The Manor
762 Lobethal Rd, Basket Range, SA 5138

Team for the Be A Queen photo shoot
Hair & make-up:    Colour Cosmetica
Clothing:                  Eliza French, Varacalli Couture, Dark Thorn Clothing
Models:                    Fatema Sitabkhan, Katie Spain, Hannah PendleburyBec Andreasen

Katie Spain wearing Eliza French
Bec Andreasen and Hannah Pendlebury wearing Eliza French
Fatema Sitabkhan wearing Dark Thorn Clothing + Black Milk Clothing

Social media
Adelaide Hills Wine                website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Tomich Wines                          website / Facebook  / TwitterInstagram
Colour Cosmetica                    website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
Cassie Young (Be Young PR)  website / Facebook / Twitter / Instagram
The Manor Basket Range 
    website / Facebook / Instagram
Eliza French                             website / Facebook / Instagram
Varacalli Couture                    website / Facebook / Instagram


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