Grapes of Mirth
Grapes of Mirth Grapes of Mirth

Howard Vineyard,
Adelaide Hills, SA

Join host Merrick Watts and his funny friends; comedy, music, food, wine – everything you could possibly wish for.

$5 from each ticket sold will go towards those affected by the Adelaide Hills bushfires, with further fundraising to take place at the event.

Buy Tickets

$60–$70 + Booking Fee


12 – 6pm

Sunday 1 March 2020


53 Bald Hills Road, Nairne SA

What’s Pouring

  • Howard Vineyard Sparkling Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé, Gruner Veltliner, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Pinot Noir
  • Pirate Life Craft Beer
  • Lobo Craft Cider
  • Soft drinks, water, and coffee

Prohibited and Unprohibited Items

  • Allowed: sealed bottles of water, empty water bottles, picnic blankets, foldable chairs, soft cooler bags
  • Not Allowed: eskies, food and beverages, professional photography equipment

What’s Cooking

  • Korean Fried Chicken Wings
  • Dumplings
  • Cupbops – Korean BBQ in a cup
  • Fried Rice
  • Picnic hampers

What You Need to Know

  • This is an 18+ event
  • Strictly no BYO food or beverage
  • All tickets include a take-home wine glass
  • This is an outdoor event, BYO picnic rugs and BYO foldable chairs


  • If you have purchased bus tickets for transportation to and from Howard Vineyard, please note pick up and drop off times below. 
  • Departs: 11:00am sharp – Bus Stop D – North Terrace (out the front of the Intercontinental Hotel)
  • Arrive: 11:45am Howard Vineyard
  • Depart: 6:10pm Howard Vineyard
  • Arrive: 6:55pm North Terrace, Adelaide
  • Please bring your valid bus ticket(s) with you


Winner of Best Show at the 2022 Melbourne Comedy Festival, Rhys is razor sharp, daring and downright lascivious. Most recently on our screens as a judge on RuPaul Downunder, Rhys is an absolute superstar of the comedy circuit.

Rhys Nicholson

After cutting her teeth in the UK and winning the Deadly Funny National Grand Final in 2014, Steph has been collecting awards and accolades wherever she goes (including being nominated for the illustrious Best Newcomer Award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival) and building an impressive TV, radio and print credit list most recently having appeared on ABC’s ‘Comedy Up Late’ and ‘Tonightly’. Steph is a proud Indigenous woman and is making a fast rise as one of Australia’s funniest comedians.

Steph Tisdell

As ‘Chopper’, Heath Franklin is an Australian cultural and comedy icon. With his own TV show, four live comedy specials, 2 ARIA nominations, 1 Logie nomination and over 500,000 tickets sold worldwide, Chopper has nearly done it all. The man behind the tatts and ‘stache, Heath Franklin, is an Australian actor, comedic performer, improviser and writer.

Heath Franklin’s ‘Chopper’

Self-identifying bogan genius Brett Blake is a whip-smart, high-spirited stand up who has performed widely across Australia and the UK. A regular sell-out at the Melbourne International Comedy and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals, Brett also starred on ‘Common Sense’ for Network 10, has a hand in Melbourne’s Comedy at Coopers Inn, is a regular visitor to ‘The Little Dum Dum Club’ and shares the reins on ‘Worst First Dates’ podcast with Kelly Fastuca.

Brett Blake

Over the course of the last 15 years, Justin has won awards for his solo stand up comedy shows including the Director’s Choice Award at the Melbourne Comedy Festival. In 2011, The Arts Monthly announced that Justin was the Comedian of the Decade. In 2019 he won Best Comedy at the Adelaide Fringe Festival for the play Three Dances for John Tilt Animus which Justin wrote, directed and starred in.

Justin Hamilton

The “Merric” from Merrick and Rosso. Mez, as he is affectionately known, has worked at almost every radio and TV station in the country. You might have seen him recently getting smashed in the face on SAS Australia, Australia’s REAL reality show. Mez loves wine, so much so that he’s a qualified sommelier, with dreams of retiring to a big Chesterfield, smoking a cigar and drinking Cabernet.

Merrick Watts


It’s Time To Head For The Hills!

Howard Vineyard is a family-owned Adelaide Hills winery set amongst towering gum trees, and terraced lawns. Pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc are sourced from their 470m altitude Schoenthal ‘Beautiful Valley’ Vineyard, near Lobethal, whilst Howard’s Nairne Vineyard, in the warmer Mt Barker district is home to shiraz, cabernet sauvignon and cabernet franc. All the wines are estate-grown.

The Adelaide Hills is one of Australia’s most exciting wine regions and more than just the wine, it’s a way of thinking – they welcome the new and challenge the traditions with a youthful confidence.

Howard Vineyard’s Cellar Door and Restaurant is located just 35 minutes out of the Adelaide CBD.

The Hills Are Alive With The Sound of Laughter

One of Adelaide’s treasures, the Adelaide Hills, is literally on the doorstep to Adelaide. It’s the first time Grapes of Mirth will visit the region, and we literally handpicked the wine producer we wanted to work with.

Howard Vineyard have the perfect grounds to host an afternoon of comedy, wine, and music entertainment. Lush expansive lawn areas, an awesome restaurant, a modern cellar door and even a shed bar! And, Onsite parking aplenty, but we’ll also be running buses from the city for those that don’t want to play rock paper scissors to decide who’s driving.

Graze & Sip (if you can stop laughing)

Enjoy some delicious locally sourced produce throughout the event with a glass or three of Howard Vineyard’s wines. Plenty of food will be on offer for the day. Go for a gourmet picnic hamper or enjoy some of Asian inspired food that head Chef Cookie is renowned for, including DUMPLINGS, need we say more? Gourmet grazing at its best! The bar will be fully stocked with your favourite Adelaide Hills wines as well as local beers, cider, soft drinks and coffee.

Dj Pedro Moshman

We have a travelling DJ, his name is Pedro Moshman, we never leave home without him – he’ll keep the festival vibe going between sets and after the comedy show. Bring your dancing shoes, you’ll regret it if you don’t.

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