We love animals and we love wine. Put them together and you get Wine & Wildlife, a wholesome winter event at Healesville Sanctuary. Over one weekend in July, you’ll wander around the Sanctuary while sipping on delicious wines from the Yarra Valley. This winter weekend is all about trying lovely drinks while supporting the health of local animals. Wine & Wildlife will run from Saturday July 16 to Sunday July 17.
Healesville Sanctuary Wine & Wildlife
The wine tastings will start at 10:30am on both days, however, Healesville Sanctuary is open from 9am. Arrive early and look at the animals before the event starts, or, grab a wine and explore the Sanctuary throughout the day.
Every ticket holder will receive their own reusable picnic glass. A reusable and recyclable glass for each person is a way for Wine & Wildlife to reduce wastage and promote sustainability. However, due to liquor licensing standards, you are not permitted to bring your own wine glass. You are permitted to bring your own food and non-alcoholic beverages to the event.
Healesville Sanctuary partnered up with Fireside Yarra Valley to make this event possible. Fireside is a winter festival that celebrates the wine and produce of the Yarra Valley. Expect some truly tasty drops from around the region, including:
- Banks Botanicals
- Boat O’Craigo Wines
- De Bortoli Wines
- Golden Hills Brewery
- Greenstone Vineyards
- Helen and Joey Estate
- Matilda Bay
- Oakridge Wines
- Punt Road & Napoleone Cider
- St Huberts
- Sutherland Estate
- Tokar Estate
- Watts River Brewing
- Zonzo Estate
Throughout the Sanctuary, there will also be a range of food available for purchase, so you don’t have to go hungry. Take a seat by a Teepee, warm up next to a roaring fire, and relax to the sounds of live music.
Wine & Wildlife helps Healesville Sanctuary support their wildlife hospital, the Australian Wildlife Health Centre. They treat thousands of wild animals every year, as well as look after the health of Sanctuary residents. After enjoying a day of wine tasting, you can certainly go home happy, knowing that you’ve supported local animals.