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.
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
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: www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au
THE GROUNDS of the cellar door rocked on Australia Day weekend to the classy southern blues of Phillip Island Winery regulars, Tabasco Tom, Doc White and Cres Crisp.
Taking advantage of the beautiful evening and our large undercover courtyard, Tom and the Doc had more than 100 guests tapping along to the irresistible beat and tight harmonies of Louisianna blues and swing.
For tickets, go to www.musicfestphillipisland.com.au or call us on 5956 8465.
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.