Heathcote Wine & Food Festival

Everything you need to know about a great wine event

This year’s events cast most promising shadows, and one the highlights certainly will be the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival. Where else can you meet over 50 winemakers and their most precious products in one spot? In 2017, to be held on October 6th and 7th, the Heathcote Wine and Food festival once again offers an innovative program that is entertaining, informative and simply great fun! Join the popular wine tasting seminars, enjoy the light hearted and lively atmosphere, dance to the live music, discover your favourite wines among 150 plus wines on offer and pair a good glass of wine with some of the delicious regional foods.  This is a weekend dedicated to your spirit and palates and not to be missed!

Join us in Heathcote this October at the Heathcote Wine and Food Festival, where the Heathcote grape growers and winemakers invite you to celebrate with them another year of producing some of Australia’s finest wines. Taste our region’s best Shiraz, but also discover our many up and coming varieties such as Grenache, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Tempranillo, Sangiovese and Marsanne – all made with the same passion and dedication Heathcote wines have become renowned for. 

But the festival offers more highlights, including the extremely popular master classes, led by well known wine critics.  Last year Nick Stock and Rob Hicks shared with guests tastings and insights on all things wine.  Nick, one of Australia’s most respected and prolific wine critics, in his master class teaches and explores with you enjoyable and intriguing facts about exciting modern wine styles. Rob, probably best known for his long running wine and food programme “Grape Expectations” on Melbourne radio guided guests through an entertaining and interactive session about the Heathcote region and its wines.

The Heathcote Wines and Food Festival presents wines that include current & new releases, Trophy & Medal winners from the recent inaugural Heathcote Wine Show, museum releases and Show specials.

The venue for the Heathcote Wine and Food festival is at the Heathcote Agricultural Showgrounds at the Corners of Chauncey & Caldwell Streets, in Heathcote Victoria.

There are buses available from Melbourne, Southern Cross Station (approx. $35 per person return) and Bendigo Train Station and Bendigo Visitor Centre (approx. $26 per person return) with a schedule that is matched to demand.

Festival opening hours are from 10.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on both days (see final program for this year’s open times) and leave you with plenty time to walk around to sample, taste and purchase wines. The festival also offers all weekend activities for kids, so you can relax and enjoy your wine tastings. Please note that on the festival grounds, no dogs or other animals are permitted.

The ticket prices for 2017 have not been set as yet.

As the classes and tasting sessions are in high demand, we recommended making early bookings (online).

See you in October!


Last year’s 2016 exhibitors included


  • Armstead Estate
  • Barfold Estate
  • Barnadown Run
  • Buckshot Vineyard
  • Bull Run Estate
  • Burke & Wills Winery
  • Coliban Valley Wines
  • Condie Estate
  • Cornella Ridge Estate
  • Domaines Tatiarra
  • Downing Estate
  • Ellis Wines
  • Flynns Wines
  • Galli Estate
  • Hanging Rock Winery
  • Heathcote Estate
  • Heathcote II
  • Heathcote Winery
  • Hennings Vineyard
  • Idavue Estate
  • Kennedy Vintners
  • Lake Cooper Estate
  • M. Chapoutier Australia
  • McIvor Estate
  • Meehan Vineyard
  • Merindoc Vintners (Shelmerdine)
  • Mia Valley Estate
  • Milvine Estate
  • Mt Burrumboot Estate
  • Munari Wines
  • Noble Red
  • Peregrine Ridge
  • Red Edge
  • Sanguine Estate
  • She-Oak Hill
  • St Michael’s Vineyard
  • Stefani Estate
  • Tar & Roses
  • Tellurian Wines
  • The Bridge
  • Tyrrell’s Wines
  • Vinea Marson

Food and Produce

  • Axedale Olives
  • Barfold Olives
  • Boonderoo Walnuts
  • Chapman Hill Olive Oil
  • European BBQ
  • Flying Calamari Brothers
  • Goldfields Farmhouse Cheese
  • Himalayan Sherpa
  • Jamie’s Fine Dressings
  • Kyneton Olive Oil
  • Mandi’s Kitchen Gourmet Puddings
  • McIvor Farm Foods & Victory Meats
  • Michel’s Fine Biscuits
  • Monsieur Pierre
  • Olive Branch Preserves
  • Pud for all Seasons
  • Seven Hills Tallarook
  • Simply Spanish
  • Thai Takeaway
  • The Coffee Shop
  • Timboon Ice cream
  • Treasures of the Orient
  • Twins Pantry
  • Vietnamese Food House
  • Warialda Belted Galloway Beef
  • Wildings Pantry Essentials


• Bendigo Hat Shop