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14 July 2019 | Raidis Estate

Dumpling delight


With ‘Living the Dream’ just finishing up in Singapore this week we thought it only fair that over the next month we share some of the excitement of the trip.


But before we get into the nitty-gritty, you might all be hankering for some dumpling goodness.


Singapore arguably has some of the best dumplings, but if you can’t make it here to try them, why not try these delicious pork dumplings out on the family at home.


What you’ll need:


For the filling:
3 pieces black fungus (wood ear mushroom), soaked in hot water for 10 mins & sliced thinly
500g minced pork
200g medium-size green prawns shelled & deveined, chopped into small pieces
8 water chestnuts, peeled & diced
1 bunch of spring onions, chopped finely


For the seasoning:
1 tbsp. Chinese cooking wine
1 tbsp. sesame oil
2 heaped tsp. chicken seasoning powder
2 tsp. fish sauce
1/2 tsp. salt
dash of white pepper

For the dipping sauce:
Chinkiang black vinegar
2-inch size ginger, peeled & julienned

white ‘sui kow’ dumpling skins



Mix together the filling ingredients and seasoning and refrigerate for at least 2 hours.

To assemble the dumpling, first, place one sheet of dumpling skin on your palm and spoon a tablespoon-full of filling in the middle. Dab some water around the rim of the skin, fold the dumpling into half and press down the edges to ensure the filling is properly sealed.


Repeat for the rest of the dumpling skins. Place the dumplings on parchment paper and cover with a damp cloth to prevent them from drying up.

Bring water in a deep pot to a boil. Gently drop the dumplings into the boiling water and cook until they float on the surface.

Serve with black vinegar and ginger.


Time Posted: 14/07/2019 at 1:06 PM
Raidis Estate
7 July 2019 | Raidis Estate

Classic Cheeseburger

School holidays are a time to spend with the kiddlets, not having to worry about packing school lunches or getting everyone out the door on time. But it also means the kids are home and testing your patience that little bit more than usual.


With the normal routine flying out the window, you will be looking for some delicious recipes to pull out to keep every member of the family happy.


This cheeseburger recipe is a winner.


What you’ll need:

600g Beef Mince

1 tbsp. of Hamburger Seasoning (find in the spice section)

2 tbsp. Tomato Sauce

1 tbsp. Olive oil

20g Butter

6 Brown onions, sliced into rings

6 White Round Rolls, split, toasted

2 tbsp. American Mustard

3 slices Cheddar, halved diagonally

12 slices Beetroot

3 Dill pickles, thinly sliced

1/3 cup (80ml) Tomato Relish




Combine mince, hamburger seasoning and tomato sauce in a bowl. Divide and shape the mixture into six 10cm-wide x 1.5cm-thick patties.


Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook the patties for 3-4 mins each side or until cooked through.


Meanwhile, melt the butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook the onions, stirring for 5 mins or until golden.


Place roll bases on a serving platter. Place onion on bases and spoon American mustard over onions. Top with the patties, cheddar, beetroot and pickles. Spread roll tops with tomato relish and place on top to serve.


Time Posted: 07/07/2019 at 8:01 PM
Raidis Estate
1 July 2019 | Raidis Estate

Good Ol’ fashioned Goat fun


If you have been lucky enough to visit us at Raidis Estate, you will know we are passionate about our Goats. They help clean out our vineyards, are our mates and have prime position on our bottles of wine and branding.


Goats are funny and remarkable animals, often cheeky as hell but worth the work. Here are some fun goat facts that you may or may not know.



  • When a baby goat is being born, it's called 'kidding', and we are not kidding about that! You may know a baby goat is called a kid, but when the mum is giving birth, it's aptly named kidding.


  • If you are ever lucky enough to get up close and personal with a goat, you may or may not know that they have rectangle pupils. Freaky hey!


  • Goats have four stomachs! You might not be surprised to hear this one if you've known a goat to eat weird things, but their four-chambered stomach helps goats digest tough roughage like grass and hay.


  • Goats can have accents Just as human voices will vary in cadence and inflection by geographical region, a particular goat’s bleat will sound different from that of a goat in a different country.


  • Cashmere comes from goats. So if you are a cashmere fan, it's likely that your jumper or throw rug once had a home on a goat. 

Time Posted: 01/07/2019 at 11:22 AM
Raidis Estate
24 June 2019 | Raidis Estate

Delish Winter pasta bake


If winter is getting to be a bit of a drag by this stage in the game, and let's face it, it is for most people. You might be looking for easy and delicious weeknight recipes to enjoy and to use that leftover bolognese.


You don't need to be a budding chef to be able to pull together a delicious pasta bake; you just need a few simple ingredients, an oven and some hungry mouths to feed.


What you’ll need:


500 g Butterfly pasta

1 tbsp 20 g Western Star Original Salted Butter

3 cups Basic Bolognese (leftover bolognese)

2½ cups (225 g) Cheddar Cheese




Preheat oven to 200°C / 180°C fan-forced. Grease a 3 litre (12 cup capacity) ovenproof dish.


Cook pasta in a large saucepan according to packet instructions for 12 minutes or until tender. Drain well.


Add pasta to prepared dish along with the butter and toss to combine. Add the Bolognese and half the cheese, stirring through gently to combine.


Top with remaining cheese. Bake for 20 minutes or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Allow to rest for a few minutes before serving.





Time Posted: 24/06/2019 at 8:32 AM
Raidis Estate
17 June 2019 | Raidis Estate

When was the last time you visited the Coonawarra?


The Coonawarra region is renowned for our delicious Cabernet Sauvignons, but the region has a lot of other things to offer and can make for the perfect winter getaway during the school holidays or just for a long weekend with your significant other.


The Coonawarra has a beautiful array of wineries to visit, and given the proximity of most wineries on our main strip, it's easy to enjoy a few of your favourites on the same day.


There really is something for everyone. And there are some gorgeous accommodation options from glamping to bed and breakfast style getaways to enjoy.


Here are some of the exciting things we have coming up at Raidis Estate that might entice you to pack the kids in the car, throw caution to the wind and visit us.


Visit our new Cellar Door!

Our new Cellar Door is open and ready for tastings. Just imagine sitting back fireside with a glass of delicious Radis Estate red and enjoying some downtime with your loved ones.


Or you might prefer to do a guided tasting with one of our team, and if you are lucky, you may get to meet the makers Emma and Steven over a table and a glass of wine and hear the stories behind the wines.  


Pizza fun
On July 20th and July 27th - Bay Pizzeria is serving lunch at Raidis Estate Cellar Door.


Stop by and have a lazy lunch with the BEST pizzas in the area, sip on a glass of Raidis Estate's finest, or maybe try one of our new white wines which as due to land in the Cellar Door real soon.


Back Vintage Soul Dinner

Looking for an event to remember? Join us for a night of fun and deliciousness for our back-vintage banquet.


Enjoy a six-course feast while experiencing some of our back-vintage wines direct out of our cellar.


This is an event not to be missed.


There is so much to see and do in the Coonawarra, so when was the last time you visited?


Time Posted: 17/06/2019 at 2:43 PM
Raidis Estate
11 June 2019 | Raidis Estate

Delicious dinner party starters

Hello winter, it seems like only yesterday that we were sipping on Pinot Gris enjoy the warmth of the beach and sunshine and now we are well and truly in winter mode.


Winter need not be the reason that you shy away from entertaining guests; it's an excellent time to get the fire going, make some warm snacks and open a bottle of delicious red.


And gooey honey glazed chicken wings are a sure-fire way to keep your dinner party guests happy from the get-go as a starter. And the great thing is they are easy to prepare in advance and have ready for the hungry masses when they arrive.


What you’ll need:


3 Kgs chicken wings

Salt & pepper

2 cups honey

1 cup of soy sauce

4 Tablespoons vegetable oil

4 Tablespoons ketchup

6 cloves garlic, minced

1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional




If wings are whole, remove tips and discard, or freeze to make chicken stock later). Coat with salt and pepper.


Combine remaining ingredients in a medium bowl until well mixed.


Cooking options:

1. Preheat oven to 180c. Place wings in a shallow casserole, pour the sauce over and bake until chicken is well done and sauce is caramelised about 1 hour.


2. Place wings in the slow cooker, pour the sauce over and cook on low 3 to 4 hours.




Time Posted: 11/06/2019 at 12:29 PM
Raidis Estate
3 June 2019 | Raidis Estate

Get crafty

If you are a wine lover and let’s face it, we know you are because here you are reading our blog, you will know the dilemma of what do you do with all those old wine bottles?


Yes, you can chuck them in the recycle bin, but there are also some other beautiful things you can do with wine bottles to recycle them and do your bit for the planet with a bit of creative re-purposing.


Here are some ideas.


Make them into a vase for around your home


Get creative and pick up some funky paints from your local craft shop and give those old wine bottles a jazz up. You can paint them in any design and style that suits your home.


Give them a lick of paint and pop in some dried or fresh flowers for a pop of colour in a bathroom, bedroom or as a decorative piece in a bookcase.


Table numbers


If you own a café or even if you are planning a wedding, you can make your wine bottles into a nifty table number.


Again, decorate with paint, and paint on a number. They will be something different and allows you to re-purpose those pesky wine bottles.


Simple centrepiece


Turn a group of wine bottles into a no-fuss centrepiece. All you need are bottles, a little water, and a few flowers. This will instantly transform your table and give it that bit of Wow factor.


Twinkle, Twinkle


Feed some of those old fairy lights that are hanging around your garage collecting dust and are only used over Christmas into the wine bottles for year-round twinkle lamps.


Bedside lamp


With some simple wiring and finding a second-hand lampshade at the local op shop, you can make wine bottles into a gorgeous bedside lamp.


Citronella Candles


Add a wick, some citronella oil from the hardware store and stones to hold the wick in place at the bottom of the bottle. Old wine bottles citronella candles can help keep the mozzies away when you are entertaining outside.



Just a few creative ways to re-purpose old wine bottles into something pretty for your home, an event or your workspace.





Time Posted: 03/06/2019 at 11:48 AM
Raidis Estate
27 May 2019 | Raidis Estate

Spaghetti and meatballs with a twist

Have you ever met a person that is not supremely happy with a big bowl of spaghetti and meatballs on a cold winter night….?


Pasta and red wine needs no introduction and go hand in hand, like kids and mud at the playground!


This recipe has a bit of twist on the traditional style of Italian spaghetti and meatballs with Thai style ingredients in the meatballs to add that little something different and can be a great way to introduce the younger members of your house to different foods.


You can also easily swap out the spaghetti for Hokkien style noddles if you prefer.


This dish takes about 35mins to makes, so it's super easy and will feed the whole family, it also pairs well with our Shiraz or Cabernet.


What you’ll need


1 lb ground beef or pork

2 TB minced lemongrass

1 TB sesame seeds

1 lime, juiced

1 jalapeno, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

5 large basil leaves, chopped

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

5 fresh mint leaves, chopped

2 tsp. soy sauce

1 tsp. ground ginger

2 TB fish sauce

1/2 cup bread crumbs

2 eggs



1/4 cup + 2 TB olive oil, divided

1 onion, minced

2 tsp. soy sauce

6 cloves garlic, minced

6 cups chicken broth

1 packet of spaghetti noodles

2 cups thinly sliced carrots (optional)



Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray a 9×13 glass pan or jelly roll pan with non-stick cooking spray.


In a medium-size mixing bowl, make the meatballs by combining all meatball ingredients until thoroughly mixed. Form into about 20 meatballs and place in the prepared pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 25 to 30 minutes. 


While meatballs are baking make the pasta. Bring chicken broth to a boil in a large saucepan over high heat. Add in spaghetti noodles and cook until al dente according to package directions).


Meanwhile, eat 2 TB olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat.  Add in onion and carrot and sauté for about 5 minutes until onions soften and begin to become translucent. Stir in soy sauce and garlic and cook an additional 1 minute.


Drain pasta and add into the skillet with remaining 1/4 cup olive oil. Stir to coat.


Serve pasta hot topped with meatballs. 



Time Posted: 27/05/2019 at 2:19 PM
Raidis Estate
20 May 2019 | Raidis Estate

Sustainability and what it means for the wine industry

Being a sustainable company is a bit of a buzz word that is hurled around these days in many circles.


With airlines going plastic free, metal and pasta straws appearing in cafes and restaurants and people becoming more and more conscious about their waste footprint, being sustainable is something that many businesses strive for but don’t often achieve.


Why is sustainability important for wine businesses? Well, number one we want a planet that is still around for our children and our children’s children to enjoy, but also so that we can continue to eat and drink all the things we want to enjoy. And, because some of these very things require sustainable thought processes.  


Secondly, sustainable winegrowing practices protect our soil, air and water – the elements that breathe life into our grapes and wines.


Sustainability is important for the wine industry because what we do relies on at its very core the farming of grapes. Without good quality fruit, we don’t get good quality wines, simple.


From a business perspective, and so we have a beautiful space to raise our children, we want our vineyards to be healthy and sustainable.


For us that means having the best quality environment to grow our fruit, it’s in using our goats as the clean-up crew after the grapes have been picked, and it’s educating our wine consumers on how we make our wines and why we choose the methods we do.


Being sustainable is doing our little bit to protect our beautiful region, country, and the world in a small but important way so we can all continue to enjoy it into the future.




Time Posted: 20/05/2019 at 10:49 AM
Raidis Estate
13 May 2019 | Raidis Estate

Treat night or just comfort eat night


We’re yet to meet a person who doesn’t love a big bowl of nachos. I mean at its core it’s chips and salsa deliciousness and generally a generous dose of guacamole too. It’s guaranteed to keep even the fussiest of eaters happy.


Nachos can be a fun weeknight meal to make with the kids, or even jazz it up for a more sophisticated approach. It’s the perfect dish to throw in the oven and hopefully, enjoy a guilt-free treat.


Here is a great and easy recipe for a delicious bowl of nachos. You can thank us later!



3 teaspoons whole cumin seeds
3 teaspoons coriander seeds
2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
500g beef mince
1 red onion, chopped
¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
5cm strip orange rind
400g can crushed tomatoes
185ml (¾ cup) water
400g red kidney beans, drained, rinsed
2 x 175g packets plain corn chips
160g (2 cups) coarsely grated cheddar
Sour cream, to serve
Sliced fresh red chilli or green chilli, to serve



2 avocados, coarsely chopped
1 fresh green jalapeno, de-seeded, chopped
¼ white onion, chopped
2 tablespoons fresh coriander, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice



2 tomatoes, chopped
½ small red onion, chopped
½ cup fresh coriander, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh lime juice




Fry the cumin and coriander in a frying pan over medium heat for 1-2 minutes or until aromatic. Transfer to a mortar and pound with a pestle until coarsely crushed.


Heat the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add the mince and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon for 5 minutes or until browned. Add the onion and cook, stirring for 5 minutes or until soft. Add the cumin mixture, cinnamon and orange rind. Cook for 1 minute or until aromatic.


Add the tomato, water and half the beans. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes or until the sauce reduces and thickens. Stir in the remaining beans.


Meanwhile, for the guacamole, place the avocado in a bowl. Use a fork to roughly mash. Add jalapeño, onion, coriander and lime and stir until well combined. Season.


To make the salsa, combine all the ingredients in a bowl. Season.


Preheat oven to 180C/160C fan forced. Spread the corn chips over a baking tray. Bake for 10 minutes or until warmed through.


Preheat the oven grill on medium-high. Transfer corn chips to 4 ovenproof dishes. Spoon beef mixture over and sprinkle with cheese. Grill for 2-3 minutes or until cheese melts. Top with guacamole, tomato salsa and sour cream. Serve with sliced chilli.

Time Posted: 13/05/2019 at 10:07 AM