This coming Sunday, Nick Charles, Blues Virtuoso At Winery

Nick Charles compressed LANDSCAPE
THIS COMING SUNDAY AFTERNOON, 20th July, Australian acoustic roots and blues virtuoso, Nick Charles, is visiting Phillip Island Winery for an intimate concert at the cellar door.

We’ve been closed for the winter months, but opening for this one day very special event.

In a critically-acclaimed career of over twenty-five years, Nick Charles has released a dozen albums on major Australian and US roots music labels.

His latest, Into the Blues, won ‘Album of the Year’ and ‘Song of the Year’ in the Australian blues scene in 2013; Nick was also recognised as the ‘Port Fairy Folk Festival 2014 Artist of the Year’.

The Age newspaper described Nick as “Australia’s virtuoso of acoustic roots and blues” and Australian Guitar magazine labelled him “an awesome talent!”

Nick Charles travels extensively, averaging more than 150 shows a year in the US and Australia. He has toured with international stars Guy Clarke, John Hammond, Robyn Ford, Junior Wells, BB King, Ralph McTell and many more.

His performances encompass a mix of folk, blues and early ragtime jazz. Not only one of Australia’s virtuosos of the guitar, Nick has an appealing laid-back and moody singing style.

This is a concert not be missed.

ADMISSION IS FREE, but there’s a departure tax of one bottle of wine

WHEN: Sunday 20th July
WHAT TIME: 2:30 – 4:30pm

MUSICFEST… it’s on – last minute tickets available

COUNTRY. BLUES AND FOLK music stars will be shining at Phillip Island Winery this Sunday 11 March for the first annual MUSICFEST Phillip Island.

Running from 12:30pm until 10:30pm – finishing with a bush dance under the stars with Paradiddle – and featuring some of Australia’s finest roots and acoustic musicians, MUSICFEST will be a unique day of classy roots, blues and folk music.

Cleeland Bus Lines is operating a shuttle bus out of Cowes on the hour (and return).

Pick-up points -$15 return ticket ($7.50 one way):
Cowes: Coles bus stop and RSL
Ventnor: Lyall Street and Grossard Point Road
Smith’s Beach: Back Beach Road

Performance times:
Main stage:

12:30 Rob Fairbairn and friends
1:15 Jacqui Sterling
1:50 Hugh McDonald
2:40 Little Stevies
3:30 Tropical Lounge
4:15 Lisa Miller Trio 
5:05 Zebra Crossing 
5:55 Tabasco Tom, Doc White and Broderick Smith 
6:45 Bern Carroll and Mrs Brown 
7:30 Mike McClellan 
9:00-10:30 Paradiddle Bush Band
Cellar Door Stage
3:15 Jacqui Sterling
4:00 The Plovers
4:45 Vampire Boogie
5:30 Vivace
6:15 Tropical Lounge 

Fine Cuts Enviromeat Luncheon ($80 ticket holders) begins 2:00pm


With acoustic legend Mike McClellan, nine-times ARIA-nominated Lisa Miller, plus the amazing indie-folksters, The Little Stevies, with ex-Redgummer Hugh McDonald, and the legendary Broderick Smith joining southern bluesmen Tabasco Tom and Doc White, among a host of other national and local performers, MUSICFEST is a not-to-missed event for Phillip Island.

Wine, food and soft-drinks available from the cellar door, plus food marquees, bring along a picnic lunch, chairs and rug to make a day of it.

Priority parking is available for ticket-holders, tickets will also be available from the gate. Entry is $40.

For tickets, call Phillip Island Winery 5956 8465, or they can be purchased directly from the website:

The Little Stevies Hit ‘The Island’ This Wednesday

POP-FOLK SENSATIONS, The Little Stevies, are performing at Phillip Island Winery this coming Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.

With catchy pop melodies, and tight harmonies, the internationally-recognised Little Stevies have a string of ‘indie’ hits to their credit, including Accidentally, and Come to Miss You.

They were were a sensation at Port Fairy Music Festival in 2011 and have toured the US and Canada to wide acclaim, recording in LA and appearing at New York’s CMJ and Ottawa’s OCFF music conferences.

With a breezy style reflecting a long line of great Australian ‘Alt-pop acts’ such as Frente, Ben Lee and Dan Kelly, they have stunned audiences everywhere with their delicious harmonies, musicianship and catchy and accessible songs.

The Little Stevies now have a string of successful albums behind them; their latest, Attention Shoppers, was recorded in LA with producer Ethan Allen.

Cost of entry to The Little Stevies is $10. Light platter meals, delicious Phillip Island Wines and soft-drinks are available.

The Little Stevies are also a feature act at MUSICFEST Phillip Island (, to be staged at Phillip Island Winery on Sunday March 11 (the long weekend).

They’ll be joined by a mighty line-up of roots and acoustic music acts like Mike McClellan, Lisa Miller, Hugh McDonald and many more – with an old time bush dance with Paradiddle to finish off the night.

Phillip Island Winery

414 Berrys Beach Road


ph: 5956 8465

‘Red Hot Lovers’ And ‘Little Stevies’ At Winery

IT’S A MONTH of ‘radio’ theatre and music at Phillip Island Winery.

Now into its second week and with a short five night season, Phillip Island’s Offshore Theatre is staging Neil Simon’s classic comedy, Last of the Red Hot Lovers, as a radio play at the cellar door.

Directed by Stephanie Daniel, Last of the Red Hot Lovers is a very funny set-piece from the swinging ’60s. It follows the exploits of Barney Cashman, who wants to join the sexual revolution but fails hilariously in seduction with Elaine, a sexpot, Bobbi, an actress, and his wife’s best friend, Jeanette.

We began the radio-play series last summer with Noel Coward’s comedy, Blithe Spirit. It was huge fun. It’s like the old days of the ABC when audiences would flock to Gordon Street to see actors playing their parts into a microphone.

It is now sold out for all nights, but we are looking at a return season at the end of the month. If we can arrange it with the actors, tickets will again be $30, which includes a light platter meal.

Splitting the play dates, pop-folk sensations The Little Stevies are performing at the winery this Wednesday 11th January at 7:30pm.

With catchy pop melodies, and tight harmonies, the internationally-recognised Little Stevies have a string of ‘indie’ hits to their credit, including Accidentally, and Come to Miss You. Cost of entry to The Little Stevies is $10.

Magical Madrigals At Phillip Island Winery

THE COSY CELLAR DOOR of Phillip Island Winery will be humming to the sounds of local ‘a cappella’ group, VIVACE, this Saturday evening, 10th September, 5:30pm-8:30pm.

The third in the Phillip Island Winery’s Twilight Concert series, VIVACE will be presenting a repertoire of film classics with a mix of medieval and madrigal standards. Lead by Ross Fairhurst, VIVACE brings a completely different style of performance to the winery.

This is a musical performance you will never see in a hotel or typical music venue (that’s why we like to put on events like this).

Last Saturday, more than 80 patrons crammed into the cellar door to enjoy the classy southern-blues sounds of Tabasco Tom and Doc White.

They were backed up by Steve Williams on sax and harmonica (Steve has been a member of the John Farnham band since 1990), and also by Tom’s astonishing 16 year-old daughter Kaitlin on fiddle and vocal harmonies. It was a memorable night, one ‘out of the box’. (Tabasco Tom and Doc White are returning to the winery soon, watch the site for details and dates.)

Light dinners are available including a Ploughman’s platter of fresh-sliced meats, local cheeses and crusty breads, plus the usual delicious fare of cheese platters, dips, fresh salads and smoked trout. 

Admission free; bookings accepted. Phone: 5956 8465. 

Come and see us and relax with VIVACE  - or join in if you like. Don’t forget we also have LIVE ACOUSTIC music on every Saturday and Sunday afternoon.

Springtime Twilight Concert Series

Bluesmen Tabasco Tom and Doc White

SHAKE OFF WINTER chills to the breezy sounds of springtime blues, ukes and country at the Phillip Island Winery with its springtime twilight concert series.

The program kicks off this Saturday 27th August with a return to the cellar door of the amazing ukulele sounds of AJ Leonard.

If you missed AJ Leonard’s last visit to the winery, don’t miss this one. Recognised as one of Australia’s masters of the instrument, and having featured at international ukulele concerts and conventions, AJ Leonard transforms the sound of the ‘uke’. This Saturday he will be joined by cello accompanist and partner Jenny Rowlands. 

Whether playing a rock ‘lead-guitar’ solo or jazz standard, his virtuosity and command of the instrument is simply amazing.

Equally at home playing Beatles as he is playing trad classics, AJ is also a versatile singer with an easy rapport and engaging style. This Saturday, you can catch up with AJ Leonard from 5:30pm till 8:30pm at the cellar door.

And, on Sunday afternoon starting at 1:30pm, local folk/country trio, The Usual Suspects, are performing, playing until 4:30pm. With Andy on guitar, Linda on mandolin and ukulele, and Tom on bass, The Usual Suspects will be bringing their own easy-listening folk and country style to our cosy cellar door.

Also pencil in Saturday 3rd September when the winery will be jumping to the classy blues and country of expatriate US ‘bluesmen’ Tabasco Tom and Doc White. With Tom’s daughter on fiddle, Tom and Doc play tight authentic southern blues.

 Tim O’Brien plays every Saturday and Sunday afternoon at the Phillip Island Winery. Admission is free; twilight concerts kick off at 5:30pm, but best to arrive around 5:00pm. Light dinner platters are also available.

Ukuleles Return For Winter Concert

FRESH FROM A TOUR performing across the USA, internationally recognised ukulele master, AJ Leonard, returns to the Phillip Island Winery for a twilight indoor concert this Saturday evening, 18th June, from 5:30-8:30pm.

His recent US tour included performances at the New York Ukulele Festival and the Ukulele Academy of North Carolina. He also performed on the West Coast at Santa Cruz (host to the largest ukulele club in the world) and at San Francisco, before appearing at the Monterey Wine Country Ukulele Retreat.

There, AJ was one of a feature group of well-known tutors and ukulele performers including James Hill, Andy Roberts, Del Ray, Brooke Adams and Gerald Moore.

Equally at home playing Beatles classics as he is with popular 40’s and 50’s ukulele standards, AJ Leonard is well known by ukulele devotees around Australia for his amazing dexterity, finely-crafted arrangements and breezy singing style. 

“The renaissance of interest in the ukulele in the USA is amazing, and it’s catching on everywhere,” AJ said.

“The highlight of our recent tour however was a meeting in Honolulu with Roy Sakuma, the legendary teacher and organiser of the world’s longest running ukulele festival at Waikiki.” 

 At the Phillip Island Winery, AJ Leonard will be supported on cello by his partner, Jenny Rowlings – an accomplished and polished performer in her own right.

This is a not-to-be-missed concert, admission is free. Come and enjoy the warm fire, delicious wines and a light platter menu to the cheerful strains of the ukulele.

Resident folk-singer and winery owner, Tim O’Brien, will also perform.

Ukulele Concert from 5:30pm; to book, call 5956 8465.

Frankie J Holden’s ‘What’s Up Downunder’ Visits Phillip Island Winery

FRANKIE J HOLDEN might not have been ‘looking for an echo’ when he and crew from What’s Up Downunder visited the Phillip Island Winery, but that’s what he found.

When producer Col Parrot contacted us to do a feature segment of the show at the winery, we thought about it for a nano-second, possibly less… who’s going to look publicity like that in the eye?

He also asked us if we could ‘ambush’ Frankie J with an Old ’55 song. So, after the obligatory chat about the wines and a bit of a look at the vineyard, we launched into “Looking for an echo” over the meal. (Might not have been the best rendition Frankie has heard this month but the sing-along went for an hour or two afterwards.)

It’s an interesting show – What’s Up Downunder. It’s got a really good focus on things to do with the whole family when travelling, and Frankie and Michelle give it an easy-going and genuine warmth. It’s on Channel 7 on Saturday afternoons.

Phillip Island and its attractions gets a two-week feature; we had a terrific time with Frankie, Michelle, Georgia, Col, Warren, Andrea, the crew and kids at the winery. (Dunno whether we made much sense; you can check the segment out on this link to the show.

‘Water’s Edge’ Exhibition At Phillip Island Winery

A BRILLIANT EXHIBITION of works by expatriate Canadian photographer Randall Bezaire is opening this Queen’s Birthday weekend at the Phillip Island Winery.

Focussed on Phillip Island and a broader ‘water’ theme, Randall’s photographs capture the subtleties of light, the dynamism and elusive moments of the ocean meeting the shoreline.

This collection of works captures Phillip Island as you have never seen it before. Although with a significant body of work behind him, Water’s Edge is Randall’s first solo exhibition.

Randall is passionate about creating images out of nature’s building blocks. “For me, photography is not simply about pushing a button; it’s about capturing the fleeting moments where sunlight can transform an ordinary object into one of beauty and intrigue,” he said.

Water’s Edge opens on Saturday the 12th of June 4:00pm, Queen’s Birthday weekend, running until July 11th.

All are invited to the opening, with wine and cheeses provided and live acoustic music. This not-to-be-missed solo exhibition was organised by Phillip Island resident, Kerryn Powell, from Your Time Matters.

All Randall’s works are available for purchase.

Exhibition: ‘Water’s Edge’

Phillip Island Winery, 414 Berry’s Beach Road, Phillip Island

Launch: Saturday 12 June, 4.00–7.00pm

Exhibitions are now an ongoing feature at the Phillip Island Winery. Keep your eye on our events tab for news of upcoming shows.