Guest Event Information

Sanguine Estate Music Festival Customer Information Event Information for 2023:


Sanguine Estate entrance gates open 6.00pm with canapés commencing at 6.45pm and concert commencing at 7.30pm.

Free community concert commences at 9.30pm at St Johns Church Heathcote

Sanguine Estate gates open 10.00am with tea and coffee commencing at 10.30pm followed by the first concert commencing at 11.00am

Sanguine Estate property gates open 9.45am with tea and coffee commencing at 10.15am and the first concert commencing at 11.00am.

77 Shurans Lane Heathcote Victoria 3523.

How long does it take to drive?

From Melbourne CBD, it takes approx. 1hr 30mins to drive to Heathcote (non-peak hour). For Friday night guests, we recommend allowing a minimum of 2 hours or even longer to allow for peak hour.

Directions Melbourne to Heathcote:

From Melbourne via Wallan and Kilmore Find your way to the Hume Highway (M31). Take the turn off to Wallan (Northern Highway B75). Follow the Northern Highway through the townships of Wallan, Kilmore , Pylong, Tooborac. The next town is Heathcote. Refer below for instructions from Heathcote to Sanguine Estate. (Note: between Wallan and Kilmore are signs to “Heathcote Junction” This is NOT Heathcote. Keep driving and pass through the townships of Kilmore, Pylong and Tooborac).

From Melbourne via Romsey and Lancefield (very scenic) Melbourne (past Tullamarine airport) C743 and then take – Romsey C325 – Lancefield C325 – left turn to Tooborac (Northern Highway) – Heathcote From Melbourne via Kyneton (C326) Find your way to the Calder Fwy (M79). Turn off at the C326 and travel through the towns of Langley, Barfold, Redesdale, Mia Mia to Heathcote.

Directions Heathcote to Sanguine Estate: If you are coming from Melbourne, drive through the township of Heathcote and as you are exiting (not far past the 80km speed signs) is a right turn to Elmore/Echuca (Northern Highway B75). Turn right here and in approximately 5km on the left hand side is Shurans Lane. Shurans Lane is a dirt road and is at the start of a left hand bend. If you reach Drummonds lane, you have gone too far.

Public Transport: Vline bus and Train service Vline Train from Melbourne (Spencer St Station) to Bendigo (approx 2 hours travel time) departs Mon to Friday between 6am to 3.15pm.

Timetable as follows but please double check with Vline before making any booking.  For timetable please click here 

Vline bus from Melbourne (Spencer St Station) to Heathcote departs Fridays at approx. 3.50pm arriving in Heathcote approx. 5.45pm. Timetable as follows but please double check with Vline before making any booking. For timetable please click here

For more information and reservations visit ptv.vic.gov.au or call 1800 800 007 (6am – midnight daily) or www.vline.com.au

Free Festival Shuttle Bus

A free festival shuttle bus will operate from most accommodation places in Heathcote.  A note that we no longer offer a bus from Bendigo due to the tight turn around times.

We recommend you take advantage of this service so you can fully enjoy the food and wine experiences at the festival. Should you wish to book a seat on the festival bus, please contact Chris Howlett on 0408 339 145 or email [email protected] and he’ll be able to advise you on the appropriate accommodation.

A Festival bus timetable will be emailed to all those interested the week prior to the festival.


As accommodation in Heathcote for the event books out very quickly we recommend you contact the Heathcote Visitor Information Centre on 03 5433 3121 as soon as you have booked a ticket.

Should you have difficulties finding accommodation in Heathcote, Bendigo is 40 minutes further north and the free festival shuttle bus will depart and return to The Schaller studio daily.   We recommend The Schaller Studio Art Series Hotel in Bendigo (Corner of Lucan and Bayne Street Bendigo Vic 3550 Ph: 03 4433 6100).

For a full list of accommodation please click here


Your confirmation of booking receipt will act as a ticket. Please make sure you bring this with you and present it to the Sanguine Estate staff at the entrance gates to our property or at the registration desk.

Cancellation policy on Tickets 

In the event you may need to cancel your booking at any stage and be unable to transfer your attendance to the following year’s Festival, the following cancellation fees will apply:

  • Cancellations advised before the second instalment is due will incur a 20% fee of the first payment.
  • Cancellations advised after the second instalment has been paid but before the third instalment is due will incur a 50% fee of the payments made.
  • Cancellations advised after the payment of the final instalment will incur a 75% cancellation fee of the booking, except for cancellations advised less than 14 days prior to the Festival in which instance the total amount paid will be forfeited.

Photography / Video:

Upon purchase of a ticket to the festival, you give the organisers permission to use any photographs or video taken of you for marketing purposes. If you do not want this to be the case then please send a request in writing to [email protected] before the commencement of the festival.


A copy of the program for the event will be provided to all guests at registration.

 Special needs:

Should you have any special needs such as dietary requirements, disabled access, hearing restraints please let us know so we can make arrangements to ensure your visit to the Sanguine Estate Music Festival is maximized.

What do I need to bring?

Sanguine Estate Music Festival is an all weather event. If it is raining we can accommodate all guests in our winery. We recommend that you prepare for all kinds of weather. Whilst the forecast is looking beautiful for the weekend, the temperature can fall to 9 degrees at night. We recommend you bring cushions to put on seats during the concert. Please wear comfortable footwear for walking around the rounds (particularly from the car park) and if you would like to go on the vineyard/grape tasting tour Saturday afternoon with Winemaker Mark Hunter. Hats are also recommended to protect you from the sun.

Emergency procedures:

To ensure guests safety, the Sanguine Estate Music Festival will be cancelled if the weekend falls on severe, extreme or code red fire danger. All guests will be notified of the cancellation via the mobile phone given at time of booking. The organizers will notify guests of alternative arrangements at that time. Please make yourself aware of the emergency procedures for the event by visiting http://sanguinewines.com.au/events/.

Emergency procedures document will also be on display at the exit doors between the winery and terrace

Contact us:

Further questions?  Please contact Chris Howlett on 0408 339 145 or [email protected]