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Movies in the Vineyard at Rochford Wines

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Cinema under the Stars with wine
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We all love our outdoor movies but even more so when we can share them with a good bottle of wine.

Rochford Winery is 50 minutes from the CBD and only 30 mins drive from the Ringwood Bypass on Eastlink.

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Which means that instead of the hectic city you will soon find yourself out in the country sipping wine and watching the sun set over the rows of vines. And the backdrop to the scene -- the beautiful Yarra Ranges.

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Pack a picnic, share a bottle of wine with friends and relax while you wait for the movie to start.

The movies are all on Saturday night (except for the one on Australia Day which is a long weekend) and start at dusk which is 8.45pm (approx.) But gates open at 6pm so you have plenty of wind-down time.

The program offers options for everyone.

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First up is Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 (G)
on Saturday January 11, 2014. This animated comedy is a great family movie. It is about Inventor Flint Lockwood who finds his uncontrollable machine churning out "foodimals" including tacodiles, shrimpanzees, hippotatomuses and cheespiders. Fondly ridiculous!

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The following Saturday the 18th see Rachel McAdams, Billy Nighy and Domhnall Gleeson in a British romantic comedy called About Time (R rated) This would be a good one for date night or for groups of twenty somethings. It is about a young man who tries to change his past in order to have a better future. It came out last last year.

Philomena is presently showing in cinemas. But this seems a nicer way to see it. It would be a good way to finish off a lazy Australia Day as it is playing on Sunday January 26. This is a heartwarming tale of a mother who was forced to give her child up for adoption back in the 1950s and then spends the next 50 years searching for him. Philomena is played by that most consummate of actors Judi Dench who is now in her 80s but just doesn't miss a beat. Her character Philomena meets Martin Sixsmith (Steve Coogan) and they set off on a journey to America to find her lost son. The movie has been described as bittersweet and a celebration of life. From the director Stephen Frears (The Queen).

February the 1st brings with it August Osage County (MA15 ) another movie doing the rounds of cinemas at present. If you have picked up a paper in the last few weeks you can't have missed noticing that it is a comeback for Julia Roberts who plays next to the grand matriarch of the acting world Meryl Streep. Sometimes dark at other times humorous it tells the touching story of the strong-willed women of the Weston family. It is the film version of Tracy Letts' Pulitzer Prize-winning and Tony Award-winning play and also stars Ewan McGregor, Benedict Cumberbatch, Abigail Breslin, Sam Shepard, and Chris Cooper.

On February the 8th there is another one for families but perhaps for those with slightly older kids. The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug is based on Tolkien's work and is the epic quest to reclaim the lost Dwarf Kingdom of Erebor from the dragon. Bilbo Baggins possesses a mysterious and magical ring which is of course central to the later trilogy Lord of the Rings.

Wear your pearls and little black dress for this one. Valentine's Day (February 14th) brings with it the ever so lovely Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany's (PG). This a film well worth breaking open the champagne for. A classic Hollywood tale it tells the story of Holly Golightly a slightly dotty and eccentric girl doing the society rounds. As "Moon River" echoes out over the distant hills it should have you feeling mellow and romantic.

Basic Admission $20 includes entry, the movie and a $6 refreshment Voucher.

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If you want to make a night of it however you can book a Grand Cru night for $120 for two people which includes the movie, grazing platter and a bottle of superb Rochford wine (red or white).

Or you could do a 3-course meal with a romantic shared dessert for the two in the Rochford Restaurant, then stay and enjoy the screening; $75 per person. This might be just the thing for Valentine's Day.

Best to bring your own seating such as low back lawn chairs or a picnic rug. Bean Bags are available for hire on the night. Bring something warm to wear in case it gets colds.

If you wish to stay in the Yarra Valley you can contact the Info Centre on 03 5962 2600 beforehand

To book tickets for any of the films click here.

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Why? To enjoy wine a sunset and a movie in the Yarra Valley
When: 11th of January to the 14th of February - gates open at 6pm
Phone: (03) 5962 2119
Where: Just travel up the Marondah Hwy and the winery is on the corner of Hill Road, Coldstream.
Cost: From $20 a ticket. Meal opportunities available.
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