THE inaugural Wine Down Sunday is set for November 12.
The first Heathcote Fringe Festival is part of Bendigo’s long-established Blues and Roots Festival and will be held across five local wineries.
Munari Wines, Shiraz Republic, Bridgeward Grove, The Wine Hub and Merindoc Cellar Door are hosting events for anyone to come and relax after a big weekend at the Bendigo festival.
It is an initiative of Heathcote Tourism and Development, and the group has been negotiating for this to happen for well over 12 months.
Peter Maine, president of Heathcote Tourism and Development, said it’s the perfect time to attract tourists to town.
‘‘There will be something like 15,000 people or more in Bendigo attending the Blues and Roots Festival over the weekend of November 9-12. We want to welcome some of them to Heathcote,’’ Mr Maine said.
‘‘Many will be either travelling back to Melbourne or looking for a relaxing way to end their festival.
‘‘We believe Heathcote is the perfect place to allow them to take in some great music, local wine, craft beer, food and some spectacular venues on the Sunday afternoon – that’s why we’ve called it Wine Down Sunday.
‘‘We have even added buses to bring guests out from Bendigo to their selected venue and take them back to Bendigo that evening.’’
The five local wineries will be offering something different to cater for everyone’s palate, with one local act and one headline act from the Bendigo festival.
Munari Wines will be hosting a concert on the lawn showcasing their own wines as well as offering a gourmet barbecue. If you’re looking for a more relaxed event head to Bridgeward Grove for a concert among the olives with local food and wines.
Closer to town, The Wine Hub will be hosting live music in the courtyard, or if craft beer is more your flavour try out what Shiraz Republic will have on offer – a food van as well as their own wines.
For the full table service experience, Merindoc Cellar Door and Bistro is offering up lunch with a side of great music.