• Comedy and Wine in McLaren Vale
Comedy and Wine in McLaren Vale

Grapes of Mirth returns to its spiritual home in McLaren Vale - combining our three favourite things: comedy, wine, people. Our host venue is one of The Vale's finest, CORIOLE!

Get ready for 7 hours of comedy, music, wine, gourmet grub and good times. Six of Australia's best comedians, and of course your host, Merrick Watts.

It's the ultimate chill-out day with some sweet DJ tunes (brought to you by the one and only, DJ Pedro Moshman!) to keep you entertained before, between, and after the comedy has ended. Only the best Coriole wines, locally produced beer and cider, and plenty of gourmet grub on offer.



What you need to know

Where: Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171
When: Sunday 3 March 2019
Time: 12pm to 7pm

This is an 18+ event, because there are comedians involved, and well, because there are comedians involved. Strictly NO BYO food or beverage with the exception of sealed bottled water or reusable water bottle. Free water fountain available.

Picnic blanks, foldable picnic chairs, empty cooler bags permitted (No esky's). Bag checks conducted upon entry for prohibited items.

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If you thought Mez was a little nuts, try this guy on for size! The return of a great South Australian to home soil after stints in the U.S and the U.K. It’s gonna get weird - good weird, but weird. Mez says of Sam “He’s truly one of my favourites - you can never unsee a Sam Simmons performance”.

Fast becoming a GoM specialist, Nikki will make her McLaren Vale debut. Fresh off the back of her role in Peter Helliar’s Channel 10 comedy “How to Stay Married”, Nikki is back on stage. Anyone who has seen her perform live knows she’s a force to be reckoned with!

After many, many requests and much speculation we can now confirm, with pleasure, that Tom Gleeson WILL be returning to the Vale for 2019! Tom has dominated at all his Grapes of Mirth appearances and is no stranger to the Vale after utterly crushing it last year. Back with all new material but the same acerbic attitude, the host of “Hard Quiz” and regular on “The Weekly” is back to take on Coriole HARD!!!

Cal earned herself a seat in one of Australia’s most sought-after writers’ rooms at the ABC for The Weekly with Charlie Pickering for its first two seasons. In 2016, she landed one of her dream jobs as an ensemble cast member in Whose Line Is It Anyway? Australia alongside some of the country’s brightest improvisers.

In 2012 Ivan migrated from Venezuela to Australia and took up the challenge of performing comedy in a second language (English, not Radelaidian). Since then he has performed all over the world and you may have seen him recently on "Have You Been Paying Attention?" where he fit in like a snag in bread (no onions, too slippery!) We're rapt to have Ivan make is GoM debut with us in the Vale.

We’re really excited to be introducing Sam Taunton, a Grapes of Mirth newbie to the line up for Coriole. Sam is an impressive young comic beginning to make real impressions in the comedy world. Mez has worked with Sam and rates him highly. It’s always a delight for GoM to showcase these up and coming jets who go on to become future household names. Enjoy him now before he’s too famous and doesn’t want anything to do with us!

Merrick is a Grapes of Mirth addict, and the McLaren Vale Wine region is his favourite. In fact any wine region. In fact, any wine. In short, he has a problem.

Has been known to only drink McLaren Vale Shiraz!

Coriole, McLaren Vale
The Perfect Setting

The first wine, produced by Coriole in 1970, was from Shiraz grapes and called Claret which was the tradition at the time. Interestingly the very next year the tradition had changed and the same wine was labelled with its varietal name - Shiraz. After over a decade of success with traditional varieties at Coriole, and driven to find completely different wine and food experiences for the Australian table, Mark Lloyd made the move to alternative varieties with one of the first Australian plantings of Sangiovese. The 2016 release was Coriole's 30th vintage of this wine. This motivation has continued as many other varieties and new clones have been tried and tested...some of these have been rejected and others have flourished and are being increased.

Graze & Sip (if you can stop laughing)

Coriole is now responsible for introducing the nation to white varieties Fiano and Piquepoul, and are the longest continuous producers of Sangiovese. We invite you to visit our place; explore the great traditions of Shiraz from very old vines, consider the many new varieties that are on offer, taste our estate-produced table olives and locally made Extra Virgin Olive oil, dine in the charming courtyard restaurant, wander in the gardens and soak up the breath taking views of McLaren Vale.

Coriole, McLaren Vale