Wine lovers celebrate at Heathcote Wine and Food Festival 2017

Thousands of wine and food lovers descended on Heathcote at the weekend to enjoy the region’s renowned drops.

Forty-three wineries from the region exhibited at the annual two-day event, with some releasing new wines at the festival.

Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association executive officer Chris Earl said on Sunday afternoon that some 3500 to 4000 had attended the event, which he described as “an amazing weekend of celebration”.

“Many of those have been devotees of the Heathcote wine region, but there’s a lot of people discovering the excitement of Heathcote wine,” Mr Earl said.

Despite some rain on Sunday, he said the weather had been beautiful, particularly on Saturday.