A mid-winters night at Munari Wines - Schedule

A mid-winters night @ Munari Wines 2019

Be entertained at our rustic cellar door with a glass of red, warming winter food and a selection of toe tapping, feel good original bands. Izzy Losi & the Auracles returning due to popular demand joined by Echo Del Tusker and Doc Halibut. These bands will get you dancing so don’t be shy and bring comfortable shoes!

How much: $25

Drink: Wines & Beer available at bar prices including exclusive unreleased wines

Eat: Made to order, full menu of hot food made to order from Soul M8's Food truck

Getting there: Return transport is available from Bendigo & Heathcote for $15 per person. Book here when you buy your ticket.

Buy tickets here: https://www.trybooking.com/BBMXU

Bus timetable:

5:30 Bendigo bus Departs Bendigo Tourism

6:05pm Bendigo bus arrives Munari Wines

6:20pm Heathcote bus departs Heathcote Tourism

6:30pm Heathcote bus arrives Munari Wines

10:30pm Heathcote bus departs Munari Wines

10.40 Heathcote bus arrives Heathcote Tourism

10:50 Bendigo bus departs Munari Wines

11.30 Bendigo Bus arrives Bendigo Tourism


What else: Be prepared to have a great time!


6.30-7.30pm Izzy Losi & The Auracles

7.45-8.45pm – Doc Halibut

9.00-10.15pm – Echo Del Tusker


Izzy Losi & the Auracles


Described as “..one of the finest vocalists coming out of the region” by Forte magazine following the release of ‘The Only Constant is Change’, alt-indie-rockers Izzy Losi and the Auracles received rave reviews. Happy Mag and triple j noting; “Izzy has one of the most powerful voices I have heard in a long time, rich and complex. Pulsating with warm keys, it’s sexy and soulful and it’s AUSTRALIAN!”


Doc Halibut



Doc Halibut’s music exhibits an authentic heart and youthful ferocity that makes them a joy for the ears and eyes. Whilst ultimately attempting to defy stylistic limitations, but incorporating elements of blues-rock and soul, their music is one of energetic revivalism, or ‘regressive rock’ as the band often quips. Soaring guitar and Hammond solos, driving beats with thoughtful lyrics and melodies make Doc Halibut one of Australia’s most exciting and sought after live acts. 

Echo Del Tusker



Echo Del Tusker was formed when three Rock ‘n’ Roll lifers, Estelle Artois (lead vocals & guitar – ex-Tequila Mockingbyrd), Brendan Forward (guitar – ex-Massive) and Mick Quee (bass – ex-Dead City Ruins), all found themselves musically single and unattached at the same time. When you blend the styles and sounds of Artois, Forward and Quee, you get Echo Del Tusker: music that contains fragments of rock, blues, garage and R&B – or as guitarist Forward has labelled it “guitar-driven soul rock.” Despite still being a relatively new on the scene, Echo Del Tusker has already played dates with Rose Tattoo, been featured on Triple M’s Home Grown, partnered with Scenestr for a single release, received radio play in the US and UK and had write-ups in Classic Rock Magazine, The Music AU, Amplify and the Rockpit to name a few.

A Mid-Winters Weekend of Music - Heathcote on Show 2019

A mid-winter weekend of music at Munari Wines 2019

Queens Birthday Long Weekend, June 8-10th Sat, Sun & Mon 11am-5pm (FREE)

Enjoy a weekend among the vines with premium estate grown wines, delicious hot food & impressive live music all weekend.

» Wine tastings of your favourites including Prosecco, White, Rosé & Red wines.  Relax in the heated marque.

» Soul, rock and up-tempo live music all weekend including power-duo This Way North & more. Read below for further information.

» 'Home cooked' hot food available from Soul M8's & barista made coffee all day.

» Enjoy jenga, bocce & other lawn games in the sun

» Don’t miss our special evening event “a mid-winters night” featuring three hot out of town bands with plenty of atmosphere. See separate news section for additional details.


Sat, Sun & Mon @ 2pm - Wine 101 Masterclass with Assistant Winemaker, India Munari

» Learn how to ‘talk the talk’ with assistant wine maker India Munari and her Wine 101 - "Understanding the basics of wine" 2pm-3pm Sat, Sun, Mon $10 - Buy your tickets on the door or via https://www.trybooking.com/BBMXV


Saturday 8th June

11-1pm Emma Black

With a voice that will transport you, Emma Black is not to be missed. She is a well known face, appearing in various television shows (most recently competing on the Prime Seven singing show, All Together Now), feature films, training and social networking videos, educational films, commercials, short films, reality television programs and singing on stages all across the state.

1-3pm Chris & Josh DeAraugo

Father and Son Chris and Josh DeAraugo join forces to set about entertaining people with a collection of songs that are familiar and great to sing along or dance to.  They have a lot of fun playing together and love to get the crowd involved with requests and being part of their show. As they say "You can have a lot of fun with two acoustic guitars and some good songs".

3-5pm This Way North


It’s easy to forget that This Way North is a two-piece band. Drummer/vocalist Cat Leahy and guitarist/vocalist Leisha Jungalwalla create a uniquely full, expansive sound that translates effortlessly from the studio to the stage. The Age, Music Virtoria Awards - Best Outer-Suburban Act 2018

“Those rumbling drums, that sneaky little slide guitar line... the way it all comes together to become a lush, powerful piece of music that’s so easy to get caught up in.” - Double J

“Powerful drumming and lush guitar work, This Way North’s live show is high energy, groovin’-roots. With their big sound, it’s easy to forget it’s just the two of them onstage.” - Fremantle Arts Centre

Sunday 9th June

11-1pm Emma Black

1-3pm Midweek Blues


Midweek Blues are a bunch of 5 guys that started off jamming on a Wednesday night to overcome the Midweek Blues. The 2014 Bendigo Blues and Roots Festival gave the guys a taste of live performance and since then they have been busy establishing themselves as regulars on the local live music scene. From modern takes on blues classics to blues based rock, Midweek Blues have an original sound that has now extended to performing original material ranging from blues boogie to contemporary.

3-5pm Harlem

Monday 10th June

12-2pm Bently Grattan

Bentley is a solo acoustic musician with a very unique and memorable voice, that coupled with will honed guitar skills, produce a sound that is truly one of a kind!

2-4pm Mariah Mcarthy & Guest


Heathcote born, Bendigo based, folk artist Mariah McCarthy is one of regional Victoria’s most prized possessions. Influenced by the story telling of Dylan and Young, with femininity reminiscent of Joni. This combined with her unique folk style makes for a captivating, intimate performance from the young artist.

Munari Wines Joins Heathcote Fringe Festival

Munari Wines joins Bendigo Blues & Roots Festival as official venue of “Heathcote Fringe Festival”

Enjoy an amazing day of live music at Munari Wines for 'Wine Down Sunday' on the 11th of November as part of the official Bendigo Blues & Roots Music Festival 2018.

Throw down a picnic rug amongst the elm trees with a glass of wine and soak up the energy of inspiring Blues and Roots artists – to be announced. Homemade, good old fashioned soul food will be available from Soul M’s Food Truck all day and buses will be available from Bendigo to Heathcote for your convenience. Mark it in your diaries.

More details to come or visit  http://www.heathcote.org.au/whats-on/whats-on-this-month/event/7129-wine-down-sunday for ticketing details.

Mid-winters Weekend of Music

Another successful Mid-winters Weekend of Music at Munari Wines!

For those who have followed us over the years you will be familiar with the annual “Heathcote on Show” event. Taking place over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June & organised by the Heathcote Tourism Committee, it is an event designed to showcase the exciting array of wine, food and entertainment that our gem of a region offers.

Every year the highlight at Munari Wines is our musical act, and this year we upped the stakes. We hosted not one but 5 incredibility talents bands who stole the show. The cellar door was open for free tastings all weekend and guests enjoyed the comfort of our heated marquee to watch the acts. When hungry they enjoyed good old fashioned soul food from our friends at Soul M8’s food van including burgers, rich soups, gourmet spring rolls and decadent onion rings. When tired from the entertainment they enjoyed coffees from Brew 2 U Coffee Van, and of course, when thirsty they bought cold Prosecco & Chardonnay and warmed up with our sumptuous array of reds.

This year we launched our inaugural “A mid-winter’s night of music at Munari Wines” on Saturday 9th of June. This special musical event was head lined by Geelong locals Izzy Losi & the Auracles and supported by Melbourne rock bands Dal Santo & Honeybone. Each band wowed and impressed the crowd and punters couldn’t resist dancing to one band or another. Rumour has it that no one was more impressed and entertained than Mr Munari himself who was spotted enjoying a Shiraz with a big smile.

Throughout the weekend Honeybone, Louie & the Pride and acoustic duo PureBlack added to the perfect weekend and when Monday afternoon rolled around we found that our guests were sad to leave.

We would like to give a huge thank you to everyone involved in the success of our event including; Busy Kingdom, Honey Bones, Izzy Losi and the AuraclesDal Santo Louie & The Pride and Pure Black for their incredible and memorable performances on Saturday night and over the course of the long weekend. Also to our fantastic food and beverage partners Soul M8's Food Truck, Brew 2 U Mobile Coffee Van and Palling Bros Brewery for keeping our guests fed and refreshed. And last but not least, a huge thank you to our guests who were a brilliant bunch, I hope you enjoyed the event as much as we did and thank you for your support. We can’t wait to see you again next year for a bigger, better, weekend of music, wine and food.

‘Concours Des Vins’ Wine

Munari Wines wins trophy at French wine show ‘Concours Des Vins’

Munari wines has finished the year with the top award at one of Victoria’s most prestigious wine competitions, Le 25th Concours des vins de Victoria. A promising sign for Heathcote and less common blends such as Shiraz Viognier. Munari Wines Schoolhouse Red Shiraz Viognier 2014 was awarded the French-Australian Chamber Trophy for Best Wine of Show, ‘where Victorian taste meets the French palate’.