A jazz event held at Idavue Estate on the weekend was popular among guests.By Barbara Sungaila
Idavue Estate’s first Shiraz and Jazz event last Saturday treated visitors to the sultry sounds of Stardust Jazz as they browsed through a craft market.
Stalls offered a range of goods from handmade candles to copper water sculptures and Heathcote’s Krys Chabierski had no shortage of customers for her ‘‘dollar per minute’’ quick massages.
Betty McCarthy’s china painting was a hit and there will be more on offer when she holds a mixed media art show at the winery on March 16 and 17.
But the main event was the wine and the music.
‘‘It seemed like a nice thing to do on a Saturday afternoon,’’ Bacchus Marsh’s Chris Philpott said.
‘‘Come down, have some wine, have some cheese and biscuits.’’
Noble Park’s Kylie Merton has been visiting Heathcote for the past six years.
‘‘I like wine, so it’s a good place to come on holiday,’’ she said.
Heathcote’s Debbie Cutting said she was there just to have a pleasant afternoon out in Heathcote and to enjoy a bit of local wine and food.
Jason and Sonya Tyack live next door to the winery.
Mrs Tyack said they were married at Idavue and have held several parties there.
Idavue Estate planted its first vines in 2000 and its first vintage was in 2005.
The cellar door opened in 2006 and blues music has been a regular feature.
Owners Andy and Sandy Whytcross have been running their popular ‘Reds and Blues’ days for several years.
Mr Whytcross said blues fans came from places across Victoria including Bendigo, Kyabram, Rushworth, Warragul, Echuca and Greensborough .
The Shiraz and Jazz afternoons are a new event combining food, wine, music and a craft market.
Mrs Whytcross said she was pleased with the afternoon’s success.
More than 80 people attended and the feedback was positive, she said.
She said they were amazed at the number of local people who came.
‘‘It can only grow,’’ she said.
Red and Blues days are monthly and the next one will be on March 9.
Shiraz and Jazz afternoons are every two months, the next one will be on April 30.
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