• Comedy and Wine in McLaren Vale

Comedy and Wine in McLaren Vale

Grapes of Mirth returns to its spiritual home in McLaren Vale on March 3rd - combining our three favourite things; comedy, wine & people.

Our host venue is one of The Vale’s finest, CORIOLE! On Sunday 3rd of March, get ready for 7 hours of comedy, music, wine, gourmet grub and good times.

As usual, we will announce the full line up over the coming weeks but to whet your appetite we have confirmed South Australian Nut Bag and International star Sam Simmons. Joining Sam is GoM specialist Nikki Britton who you may have seen on Peter Helliar's show "How to Stay Married"? Nikki is an absolute jet live, not to be missed! This year we also welcome Ivan Aristeguieta who has quickly established himself in Australia after moving over from Venezuela ( West of Gawler...very West) You may have seen Ivan recently on Have You Been Paying Attention?

Grapes of Mirth provides the ultimate chill-out day with six headline comedy sets, a host with the most, and some sweet DJ tunes (brought to you by the one and only, DJ Pedro!) 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.

This is strictly an 18+ event because there are comedians involved, and well because there are comedians involved. Strictly No BYO - there will be plenty of food, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on the day.

Where: Coriole Vineyards, Chaffeys Rd, McLaren Vale SA 5171

When: 3 March 2019

Time: 12pm to 7pm


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”.

We can't tell you just yet!

If you can guess who it is there will be a prize, no only kidding. Gosh.. you're gullable!

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!

We cant tell you just yet!

If you can guess who it is there will be a prize, no only kidding. Gosh.. you're gullable!

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 can't tell you just yet!

If you can guess who it is there will be a prize, no only kidding. Gosh.. you're gullable!

No award winning stand up

Best known as one half of the successful duo Hamish and Andy. Merrick is a Grapes of Mirth addict and a lover of the Orange wine region. In fact any wine region. In fact, any wine. In short, he has a problem.

Has been known to only drink McLaren Vale Shiraz!

Only the best will do for the King.

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 it's 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 breathtaking views of McLaren Vale.

Coriole, McLaren Vale

Expect a killer gala line-up, as always, with 6 of Australia’s best comedians, and of course your host, Merrick Watts.