SANGUINE Estate was filled to capacity on the weekend as musicians serenaded the wine-sipping crowd.
The popular Heathcote Sanguine Estate Music Festival was again a sell-out this year with 160 music and wine lovers descending on the winery for the three-day event.
After releasing tickets for next year’s event on the Saturday they have already reached capacity for 2018.
Sanguine chief executive Jodi Marsh said they were thrilled with the outcome of the festival and looking forward.
‘‘It was fabulous. We had the best time and the feedback was incredible,’’ she said.
‘‘Some people said it was the best one ever which is testament to the fact that these artists wouldn’t normally come out here to play.
‘‘It is very rare and extraordinary that a festival of this size sells out 12 months in advance.
‘‘This was our sixth year and I think people just love coming back, it’s like they are coming home.’’
Ms Marsh said the three main elements of the festival remain the same and that is why people come back year after year.
‘‘Food, wine and music have been together for six years and the crux of the event remains the same,’’ she said.
‘‘Although we add some new world-class musicians into the mix, the main things stay the same and our customers love that.’’
This year’s event saw another day added to the program holding a free family soiree at the winery on Thursday.
‘‘We always receive great support from the local community and the free events were great,’’ Ms Marsh said.
‘‘The Bendigo festival also ended up selling out with the masterclass for young musicians being a highlight for me.’’