Wine­mak­ers take show on the road

McIvor Times - - NEWS - By KENJI SATO

HEATH­COTE winer­ies will be bring­ing their finest wines to the 16th an­nual East Malvern Food and Wine Fes­ti­val in Novem­ber.

Winer­ies from more than 15 Bendigo and Heath­cote re­gions will be head­ing to Mel­bourne for a day of wine tast­ing, pic­nick­ing, and live chil­dren’s en­ter­tain­ment.

There will be rov­ing en­ter­tain­ers, live mu­sic per­for­mances and ma­gi­cian mas­ter classes to dis­tract the chil­dren while their par­ents sneak off to drink wine.

Jes­sica Dwyer at­tended last year’s fes­ti­val as the owner of the Farmer and the Sci­en­tist win­ery in Heath­cote, and is even more ex­cited for this year’s fes­ti­val.

“There are quite a few Heath­cote winer­ies go­ing down this year. It’s vir­tu­ally a Heath­cote wine show,” she said.

“We got a lot of fol­low-on sales from the fes­ti­val last year, and we were able to re­ally get our name out there.”

Farmer and the Sci­en­tist spe­cialises in af­ford­able easy drink­ing wines that “you don’t have to mort­gage your house for” — suit­able for ca­sual drinkers and young par­ents.

“It was a great fam­ily day. There were fam­i­lies walk­ing through the park who didn’t even know the fes­ti­val was go­ing on, and they stopped to try our wines.”

Gen­eral man­ager of Sil­ver Spoon Es­tate winer­ies Tra­cie Young said Heath­cote’s rep­u­ta­tion for wine was grow­ing.

“Heath­cote has al­ways been known as a re­gion that pro­duces ex­cep­tional Shi­raz wines, how­ever more re­cently we are be­com­ing well known for our other grape va­ri­etals we make in the re­gion, par­tic­u­larly the Span­ish and French,” she said.

“We’re not just one di­men­sional any more, which is a re­ally good thing for the re­gion.”

“It was a re­ally good one­day fes­ti­val last year, and the winer­ies I’ve spo­ken to are re­ally ex­cited for a sec­ond event.”

“It’s a great way for lo­cal wine grow­ers to be down in Mel­bourne and pro­mot­ing the cen­tral Vic­to­rian wine re­gion.”

En­try is free and wine tast­ing glasses and ticket pack­ages start at $20.

Heath­cote and Bendigo wine­mak­ers at last year’s fes­ti­val.

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