Spend this weekend in Shiraz Heaven

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With an almost perfect forecast of 24 and sunny across both Saturday and Sunday, the annual Heathcote Wine and Food Festival is the place to be this weekend. New releases of Heathcote’s famous full-bodied shiraz will be front and centre when the acclaimed wine region hosts its annual wine and food festival at the Heathcote Showgrounds this coming Saturday and Sunday.

Add to the sunshine great music, children’s activities, regional food producers and vendors and it’s easy to see the excitement on offer at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival in the one of Australia’s premier wine region.

More than 40 wineries will be assembled at the central Victorian town’s historic showgrounds for two days of sheer heaven for lovers of shiraz and other exciting specialty varieties. The intensity of the new shiraz releases, many having only weeks earlier come to the critical attention of judges in the Heathcote Winegrowers’ Association show, will be match with opportunities for patrons to further develop their love and appreciation for the produce grown in the regions Cambrian soils in the north and Granitic soils of the south.

High-profile wine commentators and educators Nick Stock and Rob Hicks will present master classes and tasting seminars throughout the two-day festival.

HOW TO GET THERE

Buses – Online purchase only

From Melbourne

9:30am Depart Melbourne (Southern Cross Station)  5:30pm Depart Heathcote Showgrounds. Return by 7pm. Fare $35 (return)

From Bendigo

9:30am Depart Bendigo Railway Station, 9:45am Bendigo Visitor Information Centre, 9.55am Junortoun, 10:15am Axedale Primary School. 5:30pm Depart Heathcote. Return by 6:30pm. Fare $26 return

TICKETS

Online pre-event purchase

Saturday – Standard $35, Premium (inc tasting seminar) $55, Platinum (inc masterclass) $100.

Sunday – Standard $30, Premium  $45, Platinum $100.

Weekend – Standard $60, Premium $80

Non-drinker $10. Children under 18 $10. Children under 12 free

Gate purchase

Saturday – Standard $40, Premium  $55, Platinum $110.

Sunday – Standard $35,  Premium $50, Platinum $110.

Weekend –  Standard $70, Premium $80

Tasting seminars $10

Non-drinker $10. Children under 18 $10. Children under 12 free

2014 Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

4 and 5 October
www.heathcotegrowers.com.au
info@heathcotewinegrowers.com.au

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