Comedy (and wine) lovers descended on the Penola Racecourse on the weekend to watch some of Australia’s hottest comedic talent in an afternoon of comedy, music, food and wine, at what was the 2nd instalment of the Grapes of Mirth in Coonawarra.
The event, hosted by Grapes of Mirth and supported by the Coonawarra Vignerons, attracted a crowd of 800 people who were entertained by six top Australian comedians: Peter Helliar, Claire Hooper, Dave Thornton, Danielle Walker and Nazeem Hussain joined Grapes of Mirth director, Merrick Watts.
Event host Merrick Watts, said the Coonawarra event is a highlight on the tour schedule. “There is such fantastic community spirit in regional Australia, and you can definitively feel it at this event”. “Coonawarra wine country is full of such great characters. The hospitality around the region is wonderful and we always feel so welcome here” “It’s great to bring a whole new line-up of comedians to the event and introduce them to the Coonawarra”.
Alongside the first-class comedy, Adelaide based DJ Pedro Moshman and twelve wine producers from the Coonawarra region were on hand to make sure the guests were up and dancing.
Coonawarra Vignerons Executive Officer, Olivia James, worked closely with the Grapes of Mirth team to bring the event back to the region for the 2nd consecutive year. “We are very pleased to see this event return. Last years event was a huge hit, and this year’s showcase did not disappoint with another great line up of comedians, perfect weather conditions and increased attendance numbers bringing further visitation to the region”.
The Coonawarra Vignerons Cup race day was hosted on Thursday 16th January leading into the Grapes of Mirth event on Saturday 18th January, making it the ideal time to visit the Coonawarra Wine Region with many attendees coming for the Cup and staying for the Comedy event.
The event raised around $5000 for the Adelaide Hills Wine region that was gravely affected by the Cudlee Creek Fire on December 20.