Grapes of Mirth
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Grapes of Mirth are Australia’s pre-eminent Comedy and Wine event producers.

Founded by Merrick Watts (comedian, television, and radio broadcaster), Grapes of Mirth (GoM) is a celebration of Mez’s two great loves – comedy and wine. Events produced boast to die for wine lists and comedy lineups, handpicked by Merrick who is also a qualified sommelier and wine show judge.

The team at GoM are now offering their expertise across events, comedy, and wine to businesses by creating bespoke experiences (both large and small) in wine regions, city locations, or online.

Everything we do is underpinned by our three great loves:

Comedy

We work with the best comedians in the country – familiar faces on TV and voices on the radio.

Wine

We are super passionate about all types of wines, and we LOVE sharing them. With wine partners in most wine regions across the country, we are able to create memorable events in wine regions or showcase the wines from any of our partners at alternative locations.

People

Together with our wine partners and comedian friends, we create experiences for people that are positive and long lasting.

An Idiot’s Guide To Wine

Join Merrick Watts on a journey through the wonderful world of wine where he is the idiot but also strangely the expert.

Merrick will present 6-8 wines that he has personally selected to show off some of his favourite Australian wine producers whilst reflecting on his personal wine journey and sharing some other hilarious stories along the way – we can even organise the food!

Whether your group includes wine connoisseurs or enthusiasts, there is something for everyone.

Wine selection by Merrick Watts – level 3 WSET (Wine and Spirit Education Trust) award and Barossa Master qualification
Bespoke tasting notes
90 minute guided tasting
Photo opportunities
Group size: 10 to 250 – in person. 50 + virtually

Access All Areas Winery Tour

AAA backstage look at the inner workings of a winery.

Head into wine region with Merrick on this half or a full-day experience – a winery tour unlike any other. Meet the winemaker, hear the stories, get up close and personal with the winemaking process. Learn to swirl, spit and blend like a pro.

Experience & Activities – Winery Tour, Barrel / Tank Tasting, Entertaining Competitions (Wine Spitting, Wine Blending), Wine Flight, & Masterclasses

Optional Extras – Lunch or Dinner, Additional Performers, Other In-Region Experiences

Group Size: 10 to 150

Bubble Club

Get ready for a night of pure effervescence. Australia’s finest performers bring frivolity and debauchery to you.

A four-hour cabaret, comedy, music, and circus extravaganza. Featuring circus performers fresh from Vegas, award-winning comedians, and flamboyant cabaret stars. This will be a fever dream, the greatest night of your life, experienced in fast forward and finished with a two-hour DJ set from resident DJ Pedro.

Group Size: 100+

Wine ‘Non-Sports’ Carnival

This is not your average team building day, this is team building in wine country, where wine is both consumed but is also at the centre of each activity.

Teams are divided into 5 or more groups and will participate in a mini ‘non-sports’ carnival

Example activities:

  • Blend Your Own Wine – groups will use different wine components to hand blend a wine to be judged by Merrick and the winemaker.
  • The Blind Taste – selected participants are blindfolded and must perform an activity and identify the wine they are drinking.
  • Wine Spitting Competition – the hosts will demonstrate wine spitting before selected participants compete for the title of the ultimate ‘spitter’.
  • Darts of Oz – dart throwing with a difference, hit the selected wine region, win a prize.

Group Size: 50+

GoM Gala

A private, tailored event in the classic Grapes of Mirth format – Comedy, Wine and People.

The Grapes of Mirth Gala, is fluid in format, with the potential to be executed in a wine region or an urban environment for convenience.

The experience will run for approximately 5 hours and includes Merrick Watts as the master of ceremonies and a lineup of his funny friends, treating the audience to an afternoon or evening of stand-up comedy, food and wine – we’ll even supply the DJ!

Group Size: 150+

One With The Lot

The full gamut of Grapes of Mirth’s available experiences, for the ultimate Christmas Party, Awards Night, or other Special Celebration. Mix and match your favourite parts.

Merrick Watts (The Wine Warrior) MCs your event and peppers the afternoon or evening with stand-up – topics including wine, SAS Australia, and being a fool.

Example Activities:

  • Wine Tasting – a six stop wine flight with Merrick, bespoke tasting notes included with wines matched to lunch or dinner
  • Comedy Gala – featuring Australia’s best comedians
  • Games and Competitions – selected individuals will participate in wine related activities to entertain the entire audience
  • All The Entertainment – from cabaret to circus, and everything in between
  • DJ Pedro Kicks On – our resident DJ takes control of the dancefloor

Group Size: 100+

Testimonials

Craig Scott, CEO – Twinings Australia

Grapes of Mirth, with Merrick as host, provided a seamless and professionally executed day of entertainment for our staff. Merrick’s wine knowledge, combined with his humour, offered an entertaining and educational insight into wine that everyone found approachable. The bespoke effort to accommodate and write our staff awards was a hit with everyone. The addition of fellow guest comedian Dane Simpson, in the setting of one of the country’s best wineries, rounded out a wonderful day. Highly recommend this group.”

Stuart Buxton, ANZ Country Marketing Manager – Verizon

“Grapes of Mirth’s professionalism and sense of fun delivered an experience to remember

Geoff Krieger, General Manager – Brokenwood Wines

“Merrick was great!  He read the room and took the audience for a romp through his relatable adventures on the SAS show, to his passion for wine and growing up in the ’70s. They laughed till they cried!  Merrick stayed around after his gig and patiently posed for photos and chats with the audience. Highly recommended.”

Claire Vanderstoel, Director of Marketing – Kao Australia

“Jason and Rowan, the online wine tasting was such a treat for us all, a bit of lighthearted fun was just what everyone needed. You were both wonderful to work with and made everything very easy, THANK YOU!”

David Sharp, Chief Financial Officer – Richard Crookes Constructions

“As part of our ‘R U OK Month’ wellbeing initiative, RCC engaged Merrick to do a virtual Q&A session for our employees.

The session was centred around Resilience, Mental Health and Comedy. Merrick used a mix of powerful lived experience stories and hilarious comedy, personalised to our business and industry. The feedback from the 150 staff that tuned in was really positive. Being able to discuss a serious issue like mental health whilst at the same time providing people with a good laugh is a unique mix which Merrick delivered well.”

Our Team

Jason Nikolas

General Manager

Jase has extensive experience in large events and a long history of working with and within the wine industry. He is the one to talk to about getting stuff done. He is all the things Mez is not.

Merrick Watts

Head Clown

Mez doesn’t take enough things seriously but is serious about getting people to enjoy themselves. Merrick is a people person and is at his happiest watching his friends perform to people whilst sharing a wine and creating memories. He is also incredibly good at making a 30-minute meeting go for 90 minutes.

Rowan Smith

Festival Director

Rowan has a tonne of event experience across all styles of events and festivals, but with more than 7 years specialising in comedy, he is the perfect fit for our little wine circus. He loves comedy, he loves wine and he loves people!

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