The festival is a great opportunity to sample new release wines and learn first hand about wines that have achieved recent success in national and international presentations.
The Heathcote Wine Growing Region is renowned for its rich red soils and world-class Shiraz wines as well as Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo and some excellent Rieslings and Viognier.
Some of the best wines in Australia, particularly Shiraz, are produced in the Heathcote district so it's not surprising the annual Heathcote Wine & Food Festival attracts a great deal of attention. Photo: www.pexels.com
Heathcote Showgrounds host the annual Wine & Food Festival that has grown proportionally with Heathcote Wine Region's impressive reputation.
Saturday Standard $40 Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $65
Sunday Standard $30 Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $55
Weekend Standard $65
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $90
At the gate tickets cost:
Saturday Standard $45
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $70
Sunday Standard $35
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $60
Weekend Standard $70
Platinum (includes Seminar & platinum glass) $95
Heathcote's main street, reputedly the longest in country Victoria, is lined with tasting venues representing some of the regions greatest producers. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Bus services will operate from Melbourne Southern Cross Station departing at 9.30 AM both days and departing Heathcote on return at 5.30 PM on Saturday and 4.30 PM on Sunday. The return fare costs $35.
Buses will also run from Bendigo on both days departing Bendigo Railway Station at 9.30 AM, Central Bendigo at 9.45 AM, Junortoun Post Office at 10 AM and Axedale primary School at 10.15 AM. Return services will depart Heathcote at 5.30 PM on Saturday and 4.30 PM on Sunday. Bendigo-Heathcote return costs $26.
The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival matches fantastic local food with some truly great wines. Photo: www.pexels.com
Heathcote is 135 kilometres north of Melbourne, about a 1 hour 40 minute drive via the Calder Freeway and C326.
No need to look for a Cellar Door - the very best of the region is all displayed in a single location during the annual Heathcote Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank