Join the passionate winegrowers of Heathcote when they celebrate the region's world-famous wines at this year's Heathcote Wine and Food Festival in October.
Add delectable regional foods, live music, activities for children and tutored wine tastings and this festival is not to be missed.
Over two days at the Heathcote Showgrounds, more than 45 wineries from the region - acclaimed by Wine Australia as the next 'Queen of Victoria' - will share their signature shiraz, exciting Mediterranean varieties, rose and sparkling wines, and whites and red blends for the festival's 16th year.
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Special tasting sessions each day, with noted wine educator Clare Burder, will explore the diversity of Heathcote regional wines, from south around Tooborac to the north around Corop.
Joining the wineries will be food producers from central Victoria and beyond providing patrons with options to match their servings with the wonderful wines of Heathcote.
A new partnership with Bendigo Blues and Roots Music Festival will see their festival team providing entertainment each day on the Heathcote festival music stage.
Buses will be running from Melbourne and Bendigo with an increasing number of visitors attending the festival and spending further time discovering the many attractions of the region.
The Heathcote festival is classed as one of regional Victoria's premier wine tourism events where families and friends gather with local winemakers to enjoy the top treats and tastings of the region.
Come along and join in the celebrations and taste the new releases of Heathcote vintages, plus you can bring the kids as badminton and bocce playing areas by Games on the Green and children's entertainment.
WHAT: Heathcote Wine and Food Festival
WHERE: Heathcote Showgrounds
WHEN: Weekend of October 5 and 6.
TIME: Gates open at 10.30am each day. Tastings and sales finish at 5.30pm Saturday and 4.30pm Sunday.
TICKETS: Online at www.heathcotewinegrowers.com.au or at the gate if vacancies remain after online sales close.
Once a year, the artisan winemakers of Heathcote gather to show some of the most distinctive and iconic wines in the country.