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Sunday 5 March 2023

A milestone festival and a tribute to a late, great winemaker

The Grampians Grape Escape at picturesque Halls Gap is returning to Western Victoria this May and will be celebrating its 30th year as one of Australia's iconic wine, food and music festivals.

Tickets are on sale for the event, which will kick off on Friday, May 5 and run for three days.

It will showcase over 100 exhibitors, masterclasses, cooking demonstrations, kids’ activities and live music.

Heading up this year’s guest chef line-up is chef, author and TV presenter Miguel Maestre, along with MasterChef alumni Khanh Ong and comedian and wine expert Merrick Watts.

The Feel-Good Friday will kick off the festival weekend, where fun seekers can begin the end of vintage celebrations dancing to 60s classics from Shell Yeah, a Beach Boys cover band, popular 19-Twenty and cover band Madhouse.

Accommodation is expected to book out quickly so those keen to nab a ticket are encouraged to start planning now.

One of the festival highlights is the annual Grampians Barrique Auction where wine lovers have the chance to take home a bottle from The ‘Barrique, which is made by Grampians winemakers who take a small selection of the very best shiraz from a vintage and create a blend.

A tradition since 1991, the Barrique was influenced by the late Trevor Mast (above), a visionary winemaker at Mount Langi Ghiran who was a pioneer of cool climate shiraz and helped to establish the region's style.

Up until his retirement, Trevor was responsible for blending the barrique and bottling it at Mount Langi Ghiran.

In honour of Trevor Mast, Mount Langhi is holding a Trevor Mast Tribute Weekend over Labour Day long weekend of March 11-12 to celebrate his life and contribution to the Victorian wine industry.

Guests will enjoy a special tribute tasting of a selection of Mast Shiraz, glass of wine and barbecue lunch for $40pp.

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