Grapes of Mirth
Grapes of Mirth Grapes of Mirth

Brown Brothers,
King Valley, VIC

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

An entire afternoon and evening of entertainment, as lovers of comedy and wine sprawl out across the grounds at Brown Brothers, with 130 years of winemaking history.

Buy Tickets

$74 + Booking Fee


2 – 8pm

Saturday 11 December 2021


239 Milawa-Bobinawarrah Road, Milawa, VIC 3678

What’s Pouring

  • Brown Brothers Prosecco Premium Brut, Pinot Grigio, Moscato, Dry Rosé, Tempranillo
  • Beers and local cider
  • Local soft drinks

What You Need to Know

  • This is an 18+ event
  • Strictly no BYO food or alcohol
  • All tickets include a take-home wine glass
  • This is an outdoor event BYO picnic rugs and / or foldable chairs
  • There is no allocated seating


  • Pre-purchase a Brown Brothers gourmet picnic hamper
  • Toun’s Kitchen (Thai)
  • Liv’s Heirloom Recipes
  • More food vendors to me announced

Prohibited and Unprohibited Items

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


Judith is a best-selling, award winning stand-up comedian, selling out huge venues across the country, playing theatres in big cities and across the regions. Rivetingly honest, with a Gatling gun gag rate, she is quite simply, comedy royalty.

Judith Lucy

An award-winning stand-up comedian/actor/writer/broadcaster/person who always gives 100%. He’s one of Australia’s hottest comic talents, he’s performed and won acclaim all around the world; Edinburgh, Montreal, London, and he even once roast-battled Jimmy Carr and didn’t die in the process. His list of awards are many and extensive and include the Helpmann Award for Best Show and the Pinder Prize, both at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. And boy, do we miss him hosting ABC’s ‘Tonightly with Tom Ballard’.

Tom Ballard

Over the last decade, Claire has been captivating audiences and touring brilliant solo shows across the country to critical acclaim. She’s also co-host of ‘The Great Australian Bake Off’ for Foxtel’s LifeStyle Channel alongside the seriously funny Mel Buttle, as well as judges Maggie Beer and Matt Moran and their fourth season aired in 2019.

Claire Hooper

Thorno is, without question, Australia’s best MC. He will be steering the ship at the Grapes of Mirth comedy Galas. You’ve seen him on your TV and heard him on the radio, but on the main stage is where Dave belongs.

Dave Thornton

Alex is a regular on ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’, a writer for ‘The Project’ and one of Australia’s most exciting comedy talents. described her as “Irreverent without being too dry and extremely engaging. Totally brilliant” and we couldn’t agree more. Alex made her blistering Melbourne International Comedy Festival Opening Night Gala debut in 2021 and is now making her Grapes of Mirth debut as well, it’s a big year!

Alex Ward

Dane Simpson was a Deadly Funny national finalist in 2015; since then, it has been a fast-rising trajectory for this Wagga based comedian with a whirlwind of gigs, tours, and festival runs – as both a solo artist and as part of Aborigi-LOL. Dane has appeared on the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Gala, ‘Have You Been Paying Attention?’, ‘Get Krackin’, and in feature film rom-com ‘The Merger.’

Dane Simpson

If Grapes of Mirth falls in a Vineyard and DJ Pedro Moshman isn’t there to pick us up and get us dancing, did GoM really ever happen? No, it did not. No Pedro, No Party.

DJ Pedro Moshman


Brown Brothers in Milawa

Welcome to Brown Brothers, one of Australia’s leading family-owned wineries. They have been making wine in Milawa for 130 years, and while they’re proud of their traditions, they’re not a traditional wine company; otherwise, we (the comedians) would never have received an invitation! They love a laugh – so, pull up a chair, or picnic rug and join us in their beautiful grounds to enjoy some of Australia’s biggest comedy names for an afternoon of music, food, wine and laughter.

Our Partners

Brown Brothers
Five Four Entertainment


What happens if the event is canceled or postponed due to COVID?

100% refundable ticket for any COVID reason including State or Federal Government directive not to travel, to isolate, or for the reason of COVID related illness.

What COVID safe measures will be in place?

This is an outdoor event and we have HEAPS of space to ensure everyone can socially distance themselves. We will adhere to all local government health and safety regulations to ensure we deliver a COVID safe event. On arrival, you’ll also be asked to scan the event’s QR code and enter your details.

Do I need to be vaccinated?

Under the current VIC COVID Health directive, if you are not fully vaccinated you cannot attend an outdoor event. Proof of double vaccination will be required prior to entry.

Is there allocating seating at the event?

The event does not have allocated seating. Bring your favorite picnic blanket or chair and just pick your spot for the day.

Can I leave the event and come back later?

We do not provide pass-outs at the event. Please bring everything with you that you will require on the day.

Can I smoke at the event?

Yes, but you must stick to the designated smoking area, and please ensure you use the ashtrays.

What time does it all start and finish?

We will release a full schedule closer to the event, but gates will open at 1:45pm, with the comedy starting from 3:00pm. DJ Pedro Moshman will play his last track just before 8:00pm, which is the official end time.

What about car parking and bus services running to and from the event?

There will be on-site parking and there are return buses running from multiple locations. Bus tickets are available when you purchase your tickets. Please check the departure locations and times to ensure they suit your requirements.

What can I bring to the event, and what is prohibited?

We recommend you bring something to sit on (chair/blanket), a large brimmed hat, and something warm (depending on the final forecast). We’ve put together a kick-ass selection of food and beverages, so please don’t bring your own. Also, no hard eskies, but soft cooler bags with ice blocks is all good to keep your drinks cold throughout the day – and feel free to bring your own empty refillable drink bottles and / or sealed bottles of water. To look after the ecosystem of the vines we also ask that you don’t bring pets (official assist animals will be permitted). Also, no professional photography equipment.

Will there be shade?

This is an outdoor event, please prepare accordingly for all weather conditions. We have scheduled the event for later in the day, to limit the number of hours in the sun. There are quite a few large trees that provide shade, and we will set up a considerable number of umbrellas, but unfortunately, it is not feasible for us to provide shade for all attendees. Depending on the final forecast, we will make further announcements to ensure that everyone is as comfortable as possible.

Can I bring a child?

This is an 18+ event due to the nature of the comedy and content, no children are permitted. If you have a dependent young baby that you would like to bring along, we ask that you email us to arrange this – [email protected]

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