HEATH­COTE TURNS IT ON FOR A FAN­TAS­TIC FES­TI­VAL

McIvor Times - - FRONT PAGE - By LACH­LAN DURLING

THERE was nothing for pa­trons to whine about at last week­end’s 16th an­nual Heath­cote Wine and Food Fes­ti­val.

The week­end was a suc­cess, with 43 winer­ies show­cas­ing their stel­lar Shi­raz and beau­ti­ful bub­bly to a crowd of more than 3,500 pa­trons from across Vic­to­ria.

Vis­i­tors were wel­come to try award-win­ning wines from around the area as well as sam­ple the re­gion’s favourite pro­duce from food vendors.

Heath­cote Wine­grow­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer Chris Earl said that the an­nual event proved to be a hit.

“It was a great fes­ti­val this year and it’s one of the largest an­nual cel­e­bra­tions we have to show­case the lo­cal wines,” Mr Earl said.

“The Heath­cote wine re­gion is one of the most highly ac­claimed for Vic­to­rian wines; we’ve been de­scribed by Wine Aus­tralia as a new jewel in the crown for wine in Vic­to­ria.

“Shi­raz is our flag­ship be­cause it’s so much a part of Heath­cote’s story, so it’s great to see not only that but also such a di­verse range of wines as well as some quite sur­pris­ing Mediter­ranean va­ri­eties.”

Bec Allen, Lucy Baker, Beth Crocker, Paige Free­man­tle, Jess Hen­im­ing and Casey Wright.

Chelsea Wearne, April Schang and Adri­anna Grubel­nik.

Alex Deu­rango, Lush Luy­o­dzki, Bec Luy­o­dzki, El­iza Deu­raugo and Jamie Calkin.

An­toine Dufour.

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