Jane Ferrari (normally known as just “Ferrari”) spent 30 years in the Australian wine industry, brand building and promoting wine both locally and abroad. Her show Unlimited Kilometres is a tribute to the people and places she’s met and been to along the way. Opening night at the Kentish Wine Shed was filled to the brim with people from all parts of the wine industry, from winemakers to wine dealers and the room was abuzz with excitement.
Everyone was issued with a song book on entry and a glass of wine and we shared tables where strangers became friends over the course of the evening. There were jokes galore including her reference to “Harvey Norman Syndrome”; you’ll have to go to a show to find out what that means.
The show was reminiscent of a good country pub night with songs; banter about grey nomads and a lucky dip presided over by Princess Lucky Dip, resplendent in a flowing red dress. The prizes were souvenirs that Ferrari had collected on her travels. At our table, a Halloween themed salt and pepper shaker set was a coveted prize.
Ferrari touched upon the difficulties she had breaking into the male dominated industry and being able to do the “serious” work, and it is clear she is one tenacious woman. There were songs about unrequited love on the road, with a hilarious song about “The Queen of Room 15” who entertained truckers in the room next to Ferrari’s, on the outskirts of the Barossa Valley.
The atmosphere in the room was like a big party with plenty of interjections and sing-a-longs, filled with laughs all round. The stories were entertaining and it’s clear Ferrari would have enough material to make a mini series. The lady knows how to tell a yarn and sing a song.
After a final rendition of “Queen of the Road”, the assembled throng made their ways outside, stopping to chat to a familiar face on the way.
Ferrari: Unlimited Kilometres (maybe don’t use the initials) is an entertaining glimpse into the world of wine-making as told by a down to earth and funny character.
FOUR STARS (OUT OF FIVE)
The show is on Feb 28, March 1,2,3 & 4 (Matinee) at the Kentish Wine Shed. For tickets and more details head HERE.
The reviewer attended opening night on Feb 23rd