Event getting better with age
HEATHCOTE Wine and Food Festival will celebrate its 17th year when wineries from across the region showcase their passionately crafted fine and premium wines at the showgrounds on October 6 and 7.
The showcase of the region’s major industry will attract thousands of people from around Australia for one of Victoria’s signature regional wine events. Many will be festival regulars who have become enthusiastic ambassadors for the Heathcote wine region, renowned for its stunning shiraz releases and now carving an exciting reputation for Mediterranean-style reds and other varieties.
And joining them will be first-time visitors eager to experience a weekend in Shiraz Heaven, arriving on special buses from Melbourne and Bendigo and in groups of family and friends. It’s their chance to be among the first to sample new release wines from the Heathcote region and learn more about wines that have recently achieved success in international and national awards.
The showgrounds will be transformed into a stunning family-friendly village setting in the lead-up to the festival celebrations, a contrast to the first festival 17 years ago, which featured a handful of wineries in the courtyard of a local restaurant.
The festival has grown with the wine region’s reputation. International awareness of the Heathcote brand owes as much to the pioneers of the industry in the region as it does to today’s winemakers and vignerons.
Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association members put many hours into planning and staging an event that does so much for the local economy. Accommodation is often booked out a year in advance.
Bec Allen, Lucy Baker, Beth Crocker, Paige Freemantle, Jess Heniming and Casey Wright at last year’s festival.