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September 27, 2017

The crowds come from far and wide for the 2016 Heathcote Wine and Food Festival and organisers are expecting even more people at this year's event.

WITH so many wineries at this year’s Heathcote Wine and Food Festival on October 7 and 8, there is sure to be something to tickle your fancy.

We look at each winery presenting at the festival to help you along.

ARGYLE FOREST

Try our award-winning Betelgeuse shiraz, it has sensational reviews.

Our shiraz is made from low-yielding vines, using sustainable viticulture practices.

We concentrate on optimising fruit quality from each vine to produce this exceptional shiraz.

Betelgeuse is a full bodied red lovers’ wine.

ARMSTEAD ESTATE

We are a small boutique winery dedicated to producing hand-crafted premium quality wines, showcasing shiraz, marsanne, cabernet sauvignon, sparkling shiraz and rose.

Our new release marsanne, a full-bodied white wine, 2016 Rose, sparkling shiraz and Roxy’s Paddock shiraz as well as our limited reserve The Don shiraz will be on tasting and for sale. Plus grab a six pack of Moorabbee Road shiraz for $99.

BARFOLD ESTATE & BARFOLD OLIVES

Two passionate producers from Barfold combine to show off the best of the southern Heathcote region, featuring Barfold Olives premium extra virgin olive oils, delicious infused olive oils, olives and tapenades and the fabulous newly-released Barfold Estate wines, yummy jams and tasty chutneys.

Come and see us.

BARNADOWN RUN

Established on the rich terra rossa soils of the Mount Camel range, we make wines of power and finesse.

Nine wines will be on show, including current releases and a museum stock special.

The range includes a red and a white sparkling, a rose, a viognier, four reds and a tawny.

BUCKSHOT VINEYARD

Established in 1999, Buckshot produces trophy-winning reds from a single block in small quantities.

Come try our 2013 shiraz, which was awarded three trophies at the Victorian Wine Show – best shiraz, best red and overall best wine of show – and the only Zinfandel in Heathcote.

BULL RUN

Bull Run Estate is owned and operated by the Trovatello family.

Located at the southern end of the Heathcote region, we have the following wines on offer: shiraz, sangiovese, cabernet sauvignon and merlot.

BURKE AND WILLS

‘Heathcote at its best’ – James Halliday’s verdict on Burke and Wills 2013 Vat 1 shiraz (95 points).

Also gold medal 2013 The Aristocrat cabernet merlot, new releases of Gewurztraminer and Mr Burke’s Favourite Big Red and more.

COLIBAN VALLEY

Family-operated winery producing elegant, intense wines, aged in predominantly French oak.

Grapes are hand-picked, un-irrigated and entirely estate-grown, using environmentally sustainable principles.

New releases: 2016 rosé, 2016 riesling, 2015 brut sparkling rosé, 2013 shiraz and 2013 cabernet sauvignon.

CONDIE ESTATE

We are small-batch winemakers, we grow our own fruit, we make our own wine, drop in for a chat and taste our viognier, sangiovese and shiraz ... Enjoy.

DEVIL’S CAVE VINEYARD

Nestled amidst bushlands in the McIvor Range Reserve, Devil’s Cave Vineyard is a family-owned vineyard situated just past the valley of the Liquid Ambers in Heathcote.

The ancient soils are said to be some 500 million years old which display some of the best characteristics for shiraz vines and help us to produce the world-class shiraz that Heathcote is well known for.

DOMAINE ASMARA

Here are 100 per cent hand-crafted wines. Award-winning shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and durif. Unique range of Lady Killer dessert wines, matched with artisan chocolates.

DOMAINES TATIARRA

Established in 2001 on rich Cambrian soil, Tatiarra is a small vineyard dedicated to producing the best shiraz each vintage. Our shiraz regularly outperforms more expensive competitors – try a sip today.

DOWNING ESTATE

This is a 5 red star James Halliday rated winery.

We welcome you to taste our wines, as we pride ourselves on releasing wines that have some age to them.

At this year’s festival we are releasing our 2010 Reserve shiraz.

Also on sale are our sparkling merlot, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet/shiraz blend and shiraz.

ELLIS WINES

Experience our award-winning wines throughout the weekend.

We are releasing our 2014 shiraz and premium shiraz along with our 2016 viognier.

Taste our merlot, cabernet sauvignon, cabernet merlot and rose varieties.

Take home a $50 Ellis Wines voucher with any purchase from our marquee which can be used online or at our Bendigo Warehouse and distribution centre.

FARMER AND THE SCIENTIST

Rapidly developing a cult following, Farmer and The Scientist offers a range of exceptional-value wines.

None less than the last five cases of show reserved 2013 shiraz and presenting the only Heathcote sauvignon blanc, new-release rose and GSM and their award-winning tempranillo.

Sharing quality, down-to-earth wines.

FLYNN’S WINES

Wines showcased include Flynns MC 2013 (95/100 James Halliday 2017), Flynns Sangiovese 2013, Lewisroad Shiraz 2014, Flynns Verdelho 2015, Flynns Viognier 2015 (93/100 James Halliday 2017) Flynns Vermentino 2016. New release wines Flynns Vermentino 2016, James Flynn Shiraz 2013.

HANGING ROCK WINERY

Established more than 30 years and renowned for fine sparkling wine and Heathcote shiraz.

HEATHCOTE ESTATE

Visit Heathcote Estate and taste some of the region’s most renowned shiraz.

Well known for crafting single vineyard and block wines, the estate is planted on the ancient Cambrian soils that define the heart of the Heathcote region.

The team look forward to sharing these beautifully crafted wines with our friends this festival weekend.

HEATHCOTE II

Heathcote II is hands-on grape-growing and wine-making, producing hand-crafted premium red wines capturing the unique flavours of the Heathcote terroir.

The grapes have been hand-picked from dry grown, low-yielding vines.

Wines on tasting: Shiraz 2012, HD Shiraz 2012, Myola 2011 and 2012 (cabernet/merlot blend) and Grenache 2014.

HEATHCOTE WINERY

Visit for our 2016 Rosé – full-bodied for shiraz drinkers, 2016 Viognier – fresh, crisp regional white, 2015 Cravens Place shiraz – easy-drinking, modern-style, 2014 Mail Coach shiraz – classic Heathcote shiraz (94 points James Halliday 2014); The Origin shiraz – rich, elegant, old-vine Shiraz, 2014 Slaughterhouse Paddock shiraz – the name says it all, big, bold and intense.

HENNINGS VINEYARD

Hennings Vineyard is part of a family-owned farm that was established by Henning Rathjen in 1858, a pioneer of wine-making in the region.

Hennings Vineyard produces small quantities of premium Heathcote shiraz, viognier and verdelho.

IDAVUE ESTATE

Family-owned and operated boutique vineyard, winery and cellar door.

Meet the owners and winemakers who live and breathe the true wine journey.

Shiraz and cabernet sauvignon on tasting.

Don’t go home without your Blue Note shiraz.

IN THE KNOW

The only place you can taste our Heathcote shiraz is at this festival, and for those of you who are “In The Know” our famous free dozen bonus offer has returned for our new vintage! Come and try our new 2014 vintage release.

KENNEDY VINTNERS

We have a special treat this year with the release of our brand new 2015 Henrietta Shiraz. Our 2012 Kennedy Shiraz and 2012 Reserve Cambria Shiraz are also on show and both drinking beautifully. The 2016 Pink Hills Rosé is fresh, dry and textural and has arrived just in time for summer.

M CHAPOUTIER

Winemaker Michel Chapoutier is the seventh generation to lead Maison Chapoutier, first established in France in 1808. Michel’s vision for winemaking encompasses a deep commitment to extraordinary terroirs and bio-dynamical viticulture.

MCIVOR ESTATE

Modelled on an Italian mixed farm, McIvor Estate produces premium award winning wines as well as extra virgin olive oils. Come and try our new release wines including our Italian varietals, sangiovese, nebbiolo and our new premium wine giannisceddu (gee/ar/nee/sh/j /e/doo) a blend of sangiovese and cabernet.

MEEHAN VINEYARD

Come and say hello to Phil, Judy and family and try our current and new release Shiraz and Cabernet wines together with our award winning Tempranillo. Our 2015 Tempranillo is one of just a handful of Heathcote wines to be awarded a place in the Victorian 100 top wines. Enter our draw for a free mixed dozen!

MERINDOC VINTNERS

New releases this weekend. Gourmet Traveller Wine – Cellar Door with Best Food 2016

James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 5 red star rating 2008-2017. Northern and southern Heathcote wines. Delivery options available

MIA VALLEY ESTATE

Established in 1999, we are at the southern cooler end of the Heathcote region, altitude 260m. We produce Shiraz, Sparkling Shiraz, Fortified Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Mia Mia (shiraz/cab.sav.), Pink Cabernet, Riesling, Semillon, Viognier, Dessert Riesling, Sparkling Riesling and Liqueur Viognier. New release: 2013 Reserve Shiraz and Mia Mia, 2016 Viognier and Sparkling Riesling.

MOUNT BURRUMBOOT ESTATE

Established in 1999, we produce probably the widest range of wine varietals in the region, receiving major domestic and international awards. Visitors will taste wines of great varietal character, distinction and elegance. This year, we showcase our newly released 2012 wines - Tempranillo, Sangiovese, Petit Verdot, Gamay, Shiraz, Merlot, Marsanne/Viognier, and Grenache rose.

MUNARI WINES

Visit our marquee where tastings will include our new releases along with our cabernet sauvignon and Schoolhouse Red Blend

MUNDY GULLY

Mundy Gully Wines was born out of a passion for Heathcote Shiraz. This passion (turned obsession) saw the establishment of our vineyard at Tooborac.

NOBLE RED

The Noble Red vineyard was established in 2002 on rich and ancient Cambrian soils adopting a dry-grown philosophy. We will be featuring our new vintage Rosé, Shiraz, GSM and Cabernet Sauvignon. There will also be some old vintage releases plus a Noble Red Heathcote glass giveaway.

PEREGRINE RIDGE

A boutique producer of high quality shiraz. Winner of the 2014 Australian Sparkling Wine Show. Also try American oak versus French oak matured 2009 shiraz.

RED EDGE

Try our range of artisanal single vineyard wines with terroirist vigneron Peter Dredge. Old unirrigated vines grown on ancient soils produce individual wines of distinction.

ST MICHAEL’S VINEYARD

Small producer of full-bodied wines in the true Heathcote style.

SANGUINE ESTATE

Sanguine awarded the prestigious Heathcote Grand Terroir trophy for the fourth year in a row (on display in our marquee) plus the Hunter family is offering tastings of new releases including 2014 D’Orsa Shiraz placed fifth out of 450 Shiraz wines in Winestate’s 2016 World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge.

SHE-OAK HILL VINEYARD

She-Oak Hill welcomes you to Heathcote and invites you to taste our newly released 2014 Estate and Old Vine Reserve Shiraz as well as past vintages.

SHIRAZ REPUBLIC

“Wine of the people, for the people, by the people”. A family-run vineyard, winery as seen in The Age, we sell Rent-A-Row winemaking packages that give you the experience of making your own Shiraz wine.

SILVER SPOON ESTATE

Specialising in Rhone and Spanish grape varietal wines, red blends and dessert wines. On tasting: New-release medal-winning 2014 Shiraz, first-release Cambrian Gold dessert wine and Monster Shiraz, Viognier, and GSM. Daily Specials, free home delivery. Continuing to produce quality wines from our vineyard for your dining table pleasure.

STEFANI ESTATE

We invite you to taste from our selection of Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec and Marsanne. All fruit is handpicked from our single vineyard site on Heathcote-Rochester Road north of Heathcote township. We also have tastings of our 2016 Leccino EV Olive oil available.

TAR & ROSES

Tar & Roses reflects the partnership between its winemakers Don and Narelle, the multi-regions of Spain, Italy and Australia, and traditional winemaking alongside the new.

TELLURIAN WINES

Tellurian is a family owned, James Halliday 5 star rated winery, established in 2002 by the Hopkins family on the famous rich, red, Cambrian soils of Heathcote. Visit Tellurian during the HWFF to taste award-winning Shiraz, GSM, Grenache, Nero D’Avola, Fiano, Riesling and Rosé with limited release wines and special festival prices.

THE BRIDGE

Wine by nature’s design. A small vineyard in the heart of the Heathcote region. Shiraz and blends made without manipulation.

VINEA MARSON

Vinea Marson (est. 2000) is a boutique family owned and operated producer of highly regarded Italian and French style wines on the eastern slopes of the Mount Camel Range.

Winemaker Mario Marson crafts elegant wines that are savoury in flavour and pair beautifully with food.

We invite you to taste our exciting new release wines – 2012 Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Syrah (Shiraz/Viognier), 2013 Viognier and 2014 Rosé from exceptional Heathcote vintages.

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