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Heathcote's Annual Taste Sensation
The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival has been an annual event for almost 20 years now, showcasing the regions produce to almost 5000 visitors each year.
Image Courtesy Heathcote Wine Growers
The Heathcote Wine & Food Festival is a great opportunity to sample new release wines and learn about the recent successes of local producers at Australian and overseas competitions.
This year's event will run over the weekend of Saturday and Sunday 6th & 7th October at the Heathcote Showgrounds.
The annual Wine & Food Festival has grown along with Heathcote Wine Regions impressive reputation. Where else can you taste fine wines from more than 40 producers while enjoying great local food & produce at one central location over a single weekend?
Renowned for its rich red soils and world-class Shiraz the Heathcote wine growing region also produces excellent Sangiovese, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tempranillo, Rieslings and Viognier.
Some of the world's great wines are produced in the Heathcote region and there'll be plenty of award winning vintages on show at the 2018 Heathcote Wine & Food Festival. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Exhibitors for 2018 include Coliban Valley, The Bridge, Meehan Vineyard, Tellurian Wines, Burke and Wills, Hanging Rock Winery, Sanguine Estate, Heathcote Estate and Peregrine Ridge to name just a few.
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
As if to signify the importance of wine in this part of the world some of Heathcote's historic buildings have been transformed into tasting rooms. 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 $40.
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.
Heathcote Wine Hub is home to perhaps the best collection of the regions produce in a single location. Photo: Ian Gill / Footloose PhotoBank
Getting There …..
Heathcote is 135 kilometers north of Melbourne, about a 1 Hour 40 Minute drive via the Calder Freeway and C326.