Temporary closure of cellar door: November 9 to December 13

Christmas 2012 Falcon Ute WINERY VW Alltrack 098 compressedTHE CELLAR DOOR will be temporarily closed for the next four weekends. We need to make some changes to the kitchen and do a bit of work on the grounds.

We apologise for any inconvenience, but hope you understand that it is difficult to do these things, and provide the service you expect, while we have walls pulled out and the sinks disconnected.

We will however remain open for private functions and events.

If you need a bottle of wine (or case), these can be purchased between 3:30pm and 6:00pm daily, or at The Anchorage General Store. We are now taking bookings for upcoming season of RADIO PLAYS, ‘Entertainment on Marriage’ – $30 meal and show (December 5th, 6th, 12th and 13th).

Also, keep your eye on the local paper for news of our SUMMER MUSIC FEST over January.

Watch this website, Facebook or the Phillip Island Advertiser for Phillip Island Winery news and events.

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Countdown: Four Weeks To MusicFest 2013

It’s a big bill of acts, but still just $40 (inc GST) entry for a single day ticket, or $60 for a two-day event ticket (inc. GST).

Heading the MUSICFEST 2013 line-up on March 9 is STONEFIELD, the amazing (and now ‘discovered’) earth-rock sister act. They’ve played Galstonbury in the UK, are now signed to Wunderkind/Warner records and are headed for the world.

Bluegrass wizards, THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS

This will be your last chance to see this young band close-up at a laid-back small venue like Phillip Island Winery.

STONEFIELD are joined on Saturday by the equally amazing soul/blues of KIRA PURU and THE BRUISE from Sydney, cruisy reggae-rocker MAT McHUGH and the SEPERATISTA SOUND SYSTEM, local acoustic roots band THE BREWERS OF DISTINCTION, exciting Spanish flamenco band, KARAVANA FLAMENCA, the madhouse folksy junkyard LILY and KING, and iconic Australian songwriter and producer DAVID BRIDIE.

The Sunday concert shifts the focus to a more acoustic/folk-country sound, with Australia’s leading bluegrass exponents, the fabulous DAVIDSON BROTHERS heading the bill, with beautiful songwriter LAURA HILL from SA, multi-aria nominated LISA MILLER, ex-Redgummer HUGH McDONALD, local rockabilly outfit, VAMPIRE BOOGIE, the soul/blues mastery of KUTCHA EDWARDS and Irish Celtic bother/sister combo  THE SIMPSON THREE.Check out STONEFIELD on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HzB8eD3ys

Want to hear more? Click through the following You Tube links:

STONEFIELD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPTVbWvW240

DAVID BRIDIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dPl7ezkBE

LAURA HILL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezRYSb340w

KUTCHA EDWARDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBsWhdpx1Q

THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LMrWbhF5So

KIRA PURU and the BRUISE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadQrTuGSqM

The Amazing Laura Hill To Perform At Phillip Island Winery


THE UBER-DELIGHTFUL South Australian singer songwriter Laura Hill will be performing at the Phillip Island Winery this coming Sunday, 20th January, beginning 1:15pm.

Laura, an ambassador for the O’Neill surfboards brand, and signed to MGM records, has built a national profile for her superbly crafted songs and ‘Eva-Cassidy-like’ vocal style.

With a simply beautiful voice, and stylish acoustic guitar accompaniment, Laura’s songs have a timeless appeal and her arrangements (with her band the Tuesday Bandits) are very engaging and brilliantly constructed.

Laura’s new CD, The Guava Tree (MGM) is superb listening with thoughtful and though-provoking lyrics, laid-back style and beautiful melodies and backing.

It follows her earlier successful CD  Over My Shoulder (MGM) which introduced her to a national following. We think she is destined for big things once word gets out.

For a taste of Laura’s music, you can check her You Tube vids. This one, By My Side, is typical of the quality and appeal of her work:


Admission is free to see and hear Laura Hill, bookings will be accepted.

Laura is also performing at MUSICFEST Phillip Island on Sunday March 10. She will be joining a bill with the likes of Stonefield, Mat McHugh, David Bridie, The Davidson Brothers, Kira Puru and the Bruise, and many others performing over the two days.

Tickets are just $40 for each day, or $60 for a two-day event ticket. Click on the link for the full LINE UP and to buy tickets.


Summer Music Program: Col Matthews, Andy Stewart and ‘EJ’ Friday 11th January

SONGWRITER AND GUITARIST Col Matthews will be performing at Phillip Island Winery with ‘EJ’ on banjo and Andy Stewart on percussion and guitar for a twilight concert from 6:30 pm on Friday 11th January.

Equally at home on an acoustic guitar as electric, Col plays a laid-back folk/country style with songs from Dylan and Neil Young punctuating his own classy compositions.

Andy Stewart, a multi-instrumentalist who recently mixed Paul Kelly’s latest album at his Archie’s Creek Mill Road Studios, also plays across a number of genres. He and Col are joined by EJ on Banjo for an evening of roots classics old and new, and originals.

There is no cover charge – just come along and enjoy the music, our fresh food platters and fine wines.

Col and Andy will also be performing at MUSICFEST 2013, alongside well-known national acts, The Davidson Brothers, Stonefield, Kira Puru, Mat McHugh, Laura King, Lisa Miller and others.

For the full line-up, go to: http://www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au/TheLineUp.aspx but buy tickets early or you will miss out.


Mat McHugh and Separatista Sound System join Stonefield in MUSICFEST line-up

MUSICFEST 2013 has now added cruisy songwriter Mat McHugh and his new(ish) band, the Separatista Sound System to its Saturday line-up.

McHugh, whose music is described by Beat magazine as “surfer-cum-roots”, established his name nationally as a songwriter and performer with his former band The Beautiful GirlsHe has toured with John Butler across the United States and Canada, played sell-outs in Japan, toured Europe, the UK and Brazil and recently returned to touring in Australia with his first-ever solo tour.    

Nominated for ‘Blues & Roots Work of the Year’ at the APRA Music Awards of 2008 for his song, “I Thought About You” (written by Mat), he has had three further nominations for Blues and Roots work of the year. McHugh’s fourth album with The Beautiful Girls, Spooks, debuted at  No. 1 on the Australian Independent Chart and reached No. 7 on the Billboard Reggae Albums Chart.

He has since released two solo albums, Separatista (2008) and Love Come Save Me (2012) and an EP, Go Don’t Stop (2011). Mat McHugh’s style crosses genres – reggae, roots, blues, even folk – and his gritty, direct songwriting has immense appeal for its raw honesty and lean uncluttered musicality. Mat and the Separatista Sound System will be a highlight of MUSICFEST 2013.

With Stonefield, David Bridie and Kira Puru and The Bruise all performing on Saturday March 9th (with an equally impressive line-up on Sunday 10th), MUSICFEST 2013 is an event not to be missed.

To buy tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au, or call PHILLIP ISLAND WINERY, 03 5956 8465

MUSICFEST Phillip Island 2013 – Buy tickets now

Iconic Oz songwriter and producer, David Bridie

GET ON THE PHONE, or online… bookings are now open for MUSICFEST Phillip Island 2013.

Bigger and better, and now running over two days on the March Labour Day long-weekend, Saturday March 9 and Sunday March 10, tickets are still only $40 (inc GST) for a day ticket; and just $60 (inc GST) for a two-day event ticket.

That’s among THE BEST music festival ticket-prices in the land.

To buy tickets, call the winery on 5956 8465, or go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au and click on the secure BUY TICKETS link.

The line-up of performers on each day will put some of Australia’s most exciting rising stars on the Phillip Island Winery stage in the natural amphitheatre on the lawns in the old cow paddock next to winery.

Heading the bill is ‘earth-rock’ sister act, the amazing STONEFIELD – four sisters, Amy, Hannah, Sarah, and Holly Findlay from Darraweit Guim. Young they may be, but they’ve played the prestigious Glastonbury Festival in the UK, at Pyramid Rock, and are now signed to Wunderkind/Warner records.

Check them out on this You Tube link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0HzB8eD3ys

You can see and hear STONEFIELD up close at MUSICFEST, don’t miss this chance… STONEFIELD is headed for the world.

Also heading the bill is the acclaimed songwriter and performer DAVID BRIDIE. Formerly frontman for iconic Australian bands Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake, DAVID BRIDIE has been an indelible a part of the Australian rock music scene for two decades.

The country/bluegrass virtuosity of the DAVIDSON BROTHERS is also on the bill, as is soul/blues ‘Black Arm Band’ performer KUTCHA EDWARDS and his band, plus the amazing voices of KIRA PURU and the BRUISE from Sydney, and O’Neill Surfboards ambassador, songwriter LAURA HILL from SA.

And there is also one more major feature act to also head the bill… but you will have to wait for our next announcement (we’re currently contrained due to other appearances).

There are also local stars from Phillip Island and Bass Coast, including BERN CARROLL, the BREWERS OF DISTINCTION, and more, appearing on the both main stage and the winery stage.

For the full line-up, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au

To hear some of the line-up, click through the following You Tube links:

STONEFIELD: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CPTVbWvW240

DAVID BRIDIE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1dPl7ezkBE

LAURA HILL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vezRYSb340w

KUTCHA EDWARDS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mKBsWhdpx1Q

THE DAVIDSON BROTHERS: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6LMrWbhF5So

KIRA PURU and the BRUISE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kadQrTuGSqM

Hello Mr Echidna… wildlife booming across the island

HERE AT THE WINERY we’ve recently been visited by a passing echidna that found its way right up to the cellar door. It tucked itself into the base of a boobiella when I started following it with the camera – their defence of tucking into a ball under a stump, or even partly burying themselves in the open, is pretty effective against marauding dogs.

Echidna numbers seem to be on the rise across the island; they’re commonly seen hanging about on the road verges. If you’re heading to the island, watch out for them. Echidnas don’t move very quickly and have nil awareness of approaching cars.

It is really upsetting to see them killed by cars; they’re easily avoided.

The Cape Barren Geece of course are strutting around the place everywhere, now with young chicks mostly fully grown. They’re amusing birds: they seem to establish ownership on roundabouts and intersections and spend their days ambling gravely and with serious intent back and forth – from one side of the road to the other.

Sometimes, like in the accompanying photo, you’ll see them holding station on rooftops, sheds, or any raised surface. 

 Call in one day and acquaint yourself with our swamp hens, a buff-banded rail family (if you’ve got quick eyes), brown hawks and, if you’re lucky, the occasional passing echidna – like our friend above.

We’ve also got lots of young wallabies in the vineyard. We’re prepared to share but we wish that they would develop a taste for something other than the vine shoots. They pick their ways along the rows, reaching up and pulling down the new growth to nibble at the leaves.

Winery packed for ‘SUN DOG’ CD launch

AN ALL-STAR band of local musicians took to Phillip Island Winery’s courtyard stage for the launch of Ventnor singer-songwriter Rob Gray’s new CD, ‘Sun Dog’.

On a cold, clear night, with the smoke from the braziers hanging like a surreal thin blanket overhead, and with the winery packed to the rafters, the band lit up – picking one by one through Rob’s searing and beautiful songs.

With Andy Stewart on drums, guitar and vocals (and fresh from mixing Paul Kelly’s new album at his Mill Road studio), Zac Ablett on keyboards and acoustic guitar, Col Matthews playing lead guitar (and drums), Bernadette Carroll on vocals, Kevin Woods, steel guitar, Rob Wilson, double Bass and Frank Coletta on percussion, the sound and musicianship was sensational.

Our friend Rob Gray’s face told the story: too ill to play, surrounded by family and friends, and with his songs in the best of hands, he beamed.

Bern Carroll, her vocals always brilliant, brought the crowd to life with the eponymous “On The Island”, and belting out “Talkin’ Politician Blues”. And Col Matthews’ lead guitar – spare, wirey, melodic – sat absolutely perfectly with Zac Ablett’s haunting rendition of “We’re All The Same”.

But the anchor for the night was band leader, drummer, guitarist and organiser, Andy Stewart. Rob’s intense resonant lyrics and beautiful melodies were stylishly interpreted by Andy’s classy accompaniment and restrained vocal style.

More than 200 CDs were sold at the launch, which was also a fundraiser to help with Rob’s cancer treatment.

The Mayor of Ventnor, local Estate Agent and Auctioneer Greg Price (who has his own definition for the term “party faithful”, and has the party paraphernalia to prove it), raised over $600 with an auction of wine and original artwork from the CD cover (by Zac Ablett).

Our thanks and wishes to Rob and Cathie for letting us be a part of this night, and for Rob’s wonderful songs. Our thanks also to Sierra Dunton and Andy for pulling it all together, and to all in the band.

Again, our thanks to our very special staff and friends, Deb and Mike Justice, Nadia, Sue Box, Pip Cleeland (who also made bread), Emma Powles, Annette and Chris Hilton, Clive and all others who helped and donated their time. Lastly, our warm thanks to Ted and Chris from ‘Paddock to Plate’ who generously donated the pork and beef spit roasts (enough to feed 140) and sausages for the night.

We’ve got stocks of Rob’s CD ‘Sun Dog’ at the winery for anyone who wishes to pick up a copy. It’s a wonderful CD; evocative, deeply thoughful, and superbly written and performed.

Winter Nights With Noel Coward At The Winery

IT WILL BE A NIGHT of old-fashioned ‘steam-driven radio’ at the Phillip Island Winery when the Offshore Theatre Group presents its winter radio play: Noel Coward’s very funny deco set-piece, Ways and Means.

Performed like an old-time radio show (remember The Goons and Blue Hills?) Ways and Means is the second of Noel Coward’s play to be featured at the winery, the first being the very successful Blithe Spirit.

Radio Play Ways and Means

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Ways and Means is limited to just five performances, beginning Friday 27th July.

Bookings are essential; the cost is $30 which includes both a light meal and the show. Tickets sell out, so best to book early to ensure a place. Group bookings are also welcome.

Play dates are Friday 27th July, Saturday 28th July, Thursday 2nd August, Friday 3rd August, Saturday 4th August 2012, starting each night at 7:00pm.

Ways and Means is one of Noel Coward’s best-loved short plays: a comic set-piece about an heiress and her gambling husband, plagued by debt and with everything in their lives going haywire.

With a strong cast of Darren George, Nina Prideaux, Simon Furniss, Amanda Price, Wayne Moloney, Anna van Caem and Sylvia Owers taking to the ‘airwaves’ at the winery, it promises to be a season of huge fun.

Tickets are selling out fast. To book call us on 5956 8465, or email, enq@phillipislandwines.com.au

Live Acoustic Music Every Saturday And Sunday Over Winter

A COSY FIRE, fine wines, fresh food platters and live laid-back acoustic music… that’s the recipe for winter weekends at Phillip Island Winery.

If you’re looking for an escape from the winter chills, why not warm the spirit to the breezy sounds of live acoustic music while taking your time over a big, chewy cabernet merlot or a crisp mouth-filling sauvignon blanc.

There are usually tables available ‘on spec’, but best you book for Saturday or Sunday afternoons – after having been featured on Channel 9′s Postcards, Channel 7′s What’s Up Downunder, and in The Age and Herald Sun, there’s a bit of pressure on the ‘premium seating’ (closest to the fire).

We also have occasional concerts featuring local and visiting acts. Best you keep your eye on the website or our Facebook page for details.