Harvest is over, grapes have been crushed and fermented. But that’s just the beginning of the winemaking process. In cellars and barrel halls right now winemakers are observing the shared relationship between wine, oak and the atmosphere.
The barrel halls are usually guarded treasures but on the weekend of July 9 and 10 you get to visit barrel halls throughout the Bendigo region and indulge in wine barrel alchemy. You will meet the winemakers and uncover the mystery and romance of winemaking.
Simply ring the winery or wineries you would like to visit and book your barrel tasting session at 11am, 1pm or 3pm. There is no cost to experience this chance to taste wine straight from the source. Don't miss this unique opportunity to receive a sneak preview of wines that will find their way into bottles over the coming year.
If you fall in love with a certain drop, be sure to check with the winemaker about a pre-release purchase at a special price.
(03) 5474 2355
3379 Old Calder Highway, Harcourt
Connor Park Winery
(03) 5437 5234
59 Connor Road, Leichardt
Bullock Creek Vineyard
(03) 5435 3207
111 Belvoir Park Road, Ravenswood North
0447 733 599
103 Soldier Settlement Road, Ravenswood
Balgownie Estate (Saturday only)
(03) 5449 6222
46 Hermitage Road, Maiden Gully
Sandhurst Ridge Winery
(03) 5435 2534
156 Forest Drive, Marong
Mandurang Valley Winery
(03) 5439 5367
77 Fadersons Lane, Mandurang
Sutton Grange Winery
(03) 8672 1478
1 Carnochans Road, Sutton Grange
Come and join Bendigo's iconic wine and food event showcasing the city's wines, inspired food and grand gold rush architecture. Tickets go on sale at the end of July 2016 from the Bendigo Visitor Centre. Bendigo Heritage After Dark and Heritage Uncorked in 2016 is sponsored by Bendigo Bank Insurance.
Bendigo Heritage After Dark is a casual wine and food affair with a festive atmosphere taking place in the historic and alluring Fortuna Villa. This is the first time Bendigo Heritage After Dark has been held at Fortuna villa, a venue that showcases classic historical elegance. On Friday 7 October from 6pm to 9pm your ticket includes wine tastings, substantial canapes, souvenir wine glass and musical entertainment.
The clinking of wine glasses will be a common sound as you enjoy the magnificent Fortuna Villa and an evening with friends to taste the great wines of the Bendigo region. Whether it's a night out to end your working week or just a night out, this event will be sure to have something for everyone.
If you fall in love with a drop you can purchase from individual wineries. Fastway Couriers kindly provides free delivery half-dozens or dozens purchased.
Your ticket is a special opportunity to taste the great wines of the Bendigo region, matched with gourmet food prepared by local chefs while strolling between eight stunning heritage buildings in Central Bendigo.
It is an event with a relaxing pace, allowing you to stroll from one venue to the next when you're ready to discover more Bendigo wines, inspired food and grand gold rush architecture.
Located in Central Bendigo the eight venues including the incredible Ulumbarra Theatre are easy to walk between.
Your ticket on Saturday 8 October includes all wine tastings, six entrée sized speciality dishes, souvenir tasting glass, carry bag and guide book with walking map and information for all venues.
Wines you enjoy on the day can be ordered from individual wineries or purchased from the Pop Up Wine Shop in the Bendigo Town Hall (one of the event's venues).
Time: 11am to 5pm
Bendigo Town Hall
Bendigo Art Gallery Sculpture Gallery
Rocks On Rosalind