• Comedy and Wine in Coonawarra

Comedy and Wine in Coonawarra

The biggest comedy line up Coonawarra has ever seen is coming to town. It's the ultimate Christmas gift!

Hosted by T.V and radio star Merrick Watts, you'll be entertained by a gala line-up of comedians. Six of the countries best are coming to the home of terra rossa soil, including - Nath Valvo (MICF Gala), Dave Thornton ('The Project' and 'The Beep Test'), a late cancellation replaecd by Lehmo, Dilruk Jayasinha ('Have You Been Paying Attention' and 'Utopia'), Fiona O'Loughlin ('I'm A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here') and Cal Wilson ('Thank God You're Here' and 'Hughesy We Have a Problem').

And to top it all off, you'll have the opportunity to enjoy wine on the day, from not one, but from TWELVE WINE PRODUCERS! Joining us on the day are Balnaves, Blok Coonawarra, Brand's Laira, DiGiorgio Family Wines, Hollick Estates, Koonara Wines, Majella Wines, Patrick of Coonawarra, Penley Estate, Raidis Estate, Whistle Post Wines and Rymill Coonawarra.

Grapes of Mirth provides the ultimate chill-out day with six headline comedy sets, a host with the most, and some sweet DJ tunes to keep you entertained before, between, and after the comedy has ended. Only the best Coonawarra wines, locally produced beer and cider, and plenty of gourmet grub on offer.

We have released return bus tickets from Mount Gambier and Naracoorte. Limited seats available from the main ticketing page. We will also be offering a free bus service from Penola to the Racecourse and back. You will simply need a valid event ticket to board this bus.

Tickets on sale now, and all include a souvenir glass and first pour of wine. Strictly NO BYO - there will be plenty of food, wine, beer and non-alcoholic beverages available for purchase on the day. This is an 18+ event, because there are comedians involved, and well, because there are comedians involved.


Penola Shuttle - This is a free bus shuttle service (you must register here http://bit.ly/PenolaShuttle) - 12:30pm departure from the Visitor Information Centre, and then approximately every 15min thereafter, up until 2:00pm. Please note that the shuttle seats 20 people - first-in, first-out. In addition to this, we will have a 53 seater bus provide a shuttle run at approximately 1:00pm.

Mount Gambier ($15 return + booking fee) - 12:00pm departure from Target Carpark

Tarpeena - The Pines Hotel, 12:15pm.

Nangwarry - Nangwarry BP servo, 12:25pm.

Arrive Penola Racecourse approx. 12:45pm.

Naracoorte ($15 return + booking fee) - 12:00pm departure from Naracoorte TAFE

Coonawarra - Coonawarra General Store, 12:25pm

Arrive Penola Racecourse aprrox. 12:40pm


Where: Penola Racecource, Racecourse Rd, Penola, SA 5277

When: 19 January 2019

Time: 1.00pm to 7.00pm

Think of me as a red wine that has the savoury elegance and structure of Europe yet the fruit purity, ripeness and concentration of Australia. But you can call me King Cabernet of Coonawarra, you're welcome.


“Utopia”, “The Project” and Fox Footy’s “The Beep Test”. This T.V, radio and stand-up veteran makes his return to Grapes of Mirth in 2018 and we’re as rapt, as you will be!


A late starter with an award winning career of almost 15 years, Fiona performs to packed houses in venues and festivals across the globe. Winner of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s (MICF) Best Newcomer Award in 2001, Fiona’s career has gone from strength to strength ever since.


Dil is now one of the most in demand headliners on the Australian comedy scene, with a reputation for consistently nailing his shows. Dil has been invited to perform all over the country as well as internationally, and in 2017 he completely sold out his run at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival with his show The Art of the Dil.


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.


Nath Valvo’s hilariously physical, high-energy comedy is impressing critics and winning crowds across the globe. Not many comedians can boast that their fan base includes TV royalty, but Nath has the Tweet from Graham Norton to prove it.


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.

I'll drink any wine, any varietal, red or white, as long as it's in a bottle. I draw the line at drinking wine out of a box.


Join Host Merrick Watts and his funny friends; Dave Thornton (late cancellation replaced with Lehmo), Fiona O'lochlin, Dilruk Jayasinha, Cal Wilson & Nath Valvo


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