Whether you’re relaxing into isolation life or going stir-crazy, it’s always good to try something new. Check out our top four things to do at home this weekend, from crafty fun to planning your next adventure we’ve got you covered.

Cook a five-star meal

One of the silver linings of social distancing is the extra time you have to experiment in the kitchen. Take advantage of this gift and use this time to elevate your culinary skills. Perhaps it is a skill you never knew you had? Or a passion that has yet to be discovered? Either way, we have a few recipes that you might enjoy. We’ve asked some chefs in the region to give us their best recipes that can be made at home. Give them a go! Be sure to tag us on Instagram so we can see your yummy creations!

Take a virtual wine class

Wine Australia has launched an array of free online wine courses and we can’t think of a better time to refine your wine knowledge! The courses are suitable for beginners to advanced levels and can be done at your own pace. We particularly like the Riesling course because it features our beautiful region.


DIY Wine Bottle Floating Candle Holders

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If you are looking for a way to upcycle some of the bottles you’ve polished off, how about making some candle holders? They are simple, elegant, and look absolutely gorgeous. Don’t be scared about giving these a go, they’re surprisingly easy! All you’ll need is:

The first thing you’ll want to do is remove the labels from the wine bottles. After adjusting the cutting length of the bottle cutter, place the wine bottle onto the cutter and firmly apply pressure while rotating the bottle. You’ll only need to rotate the bottle once to score the glass.

Now, get the boiling water and pour over the scored line while rotating the bottle. Immediately after, do the same with cold water. You will have to cycle back between boiling and cold water until the glass separates (between 2 and 5 times). *To prevent the glass from shattering, keep the bottle rested against the bottom of your sink as you rotate.

Sand the edges well and then dry off the glass. You are done! How easy was that… now fill your new candle holders with water and put a floating candle inside. A gorgeous reminder of the Great Southern wine region in your home.

Start planning your dream holiday to the Great Southern

Start searching the web and making notes of all the incredible places and cellar doors you’ll be visiting once it is ok to travel again.

Our region is famous for its unique climate and the incredible wines that it helps to produce, but our unspoilt natural beauty is another reason to come and explore! Thick forest, white sandy beaches and breath-taking seaside cliffs are all here in one magical paradise.

Check out these resources to start planning your Great Southern escape!




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