Toast to the Coast – 4 & 5 November 2017

Held over the Melbourne Cup long weekend, this iconic festival is one of the most anticipated events on the local calendar and showcases the best wines and gourmet food from around the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula.

The two-day event just an hour out of Melbourne offers guests the chance to taste, drink and eat their way across a selection of award-winning wineries while enjoying the picturesque vineyard settings and live entertainment.

Now in it’s 16th year, Toast to the Coast is a true celebration of our unique Geelong wine region, the perfect day out or weekend away, and also includes a multitude of family-friendly venues.

Weekend passes include a commemorative take-home Geelong Wine glass which doubles as your passport to free wine tastings at all host vineyards.

This year’s event is set to be a sell-out so make sure you take advantage of the Early Bird Offer.

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Tickets

Toast to the Coast includes two days of wine tasting, entertainment and fantastic hospitality. Tickets are available for the Saturday and Sunday, or both days.
Tickets must be pre-purchased online, and may sell out before the event, so take advantage of the Early Bird discount and get yours now.
Early Bird discount offer August 28 – September 24.
Please see the Toast FAQ’s at the bottom of the page for more information.

Offical Program

Plan how you will explore Toast to the Coast in advance. The official program is now available and will be updated throughout the event with any changes that may occur.
Don’t forget to download it onto your phone home screen for easy access. Instructions are on the program home page.

Participating Wineries

The Bellarine

Banks Road Vineyard
Basils Farm
Bellarine Estate
Leura Park with guests:
– Finesse Wines
– Flying Brick Cider Co
– Jack Rabbit Vineyard
– Yes Said the Seal
McGlashans Wallington Estate
Oakdene Vineyards
Scotchmans Hill
Terindah Estate
Wayawu with Guest:
–   Ponda Estate

Moorabool Valley

Austins & Co
Clyde Park
del Rios of Mt Anakie
Lethbridge Wines
Moorabool Ridge
Spence Wines

Surf Coast / Otways

Bellbrae Estate
Mt Duneed Estate
Saint Regis Winery Food and Wine Bar

Additional Weekend Events

Why not make a really long weekend of it?

There are plenty of things happening across the entire weekend plus the extended ‘days off’ including Melbourne Cup Day.

Keep an eye on here for further details

The Bus Circuit

Leave the car at home and buy a Toast to the Coast Shuttle Bus day pass. Buses will depart from Geelong Railway Station on both days and shuttle you around any winery along the four circuit loops 9:30 – 12:30. The shuttle bus passes are now pre-sold online as a ticket package with Entry tickets. This change has been made to ensure a sufficient number of buses are available for participants each day.

Buses depart/return to Geelong Railway Station. Region loop shuttle buses also circulate around each regional loop throughout the day.

Bellarine North Loop

Services approximately every 30 minutes

  • Leura Park
  • Bellarine Estate
  • Scotchmans Hill

Bellarine South Loop

Services approximately every 30 minutes

  • McGlashans Estate
  • Basil’s Farm
  • Banks Road Vineyard
  • Oakdene
  • Leura Park

Moorabool Valley Loop

Services approximately every 30 minutes

  • Austins & Co
  • Clyde Park
  • Lethbridge Wines
  • Moorabool Ridge
  • de Rios of Mt Anakie
  • Spence Wines

Surf Coast Loop

Services approximately every 30 minutes

  • Mt Duneed Estate
  • Bellbrae Estate
  • Saint Regis Winery Food & Wine Bar

Additional weekend details………

Shuttle Buses

Shuttle bus passes are now pre-sold online as a ticket package with Entry tickets. This change has been made to ensure a sufficient number of buses are available for participants each day.

Buses will depart every 30mins from Geelong Railway Station on both days and shuttle you around any winery along the four circuit loops. A shuttle bus ticket entitles you to hop on or off around a circuit loop as many times as you like. You may return to Geelong Station at anytime to join another circuit loop if you wish.

 

Schedule

Buses depart Geelong Railway Station at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12pm, 12.30pm.

Buses will then operate in a continuous loop around wineries within a given circuit loop and are expected to arrive at/depart from each venue approximately every 30 minutes. Times may vary according to road delays and peak demand.

Last Buses

Last shuttle bus to run around each circuit will depart at 4.30pm. All remaining buses after 4.30pm will return patrons directly back to Geelong Railway Station.

Bus Ticket Sales

Patrons must pre-purchase bus tickets online.

Shuttle bus tickets can be collected on the morning of the event at the Geelong Railway Station.

Please note: There is strictly no drinking of alcohol on buses and open containers/bottles are not permitted. Drunken behaviour will not be tolerated.

FAQ – Toast to the Coast

Can I buy tickets on the day?
Tickets must be pre-purchased online. Tickets may be purchased on the day (note: online only, not by cash or EFTPOS) unless sold out prior.

What to do with your pre-purchased ticket on the day of the event?
On the day of the event, please present your purchased ticket at the wristband collection point you nominate when making your online ticket purchase, to exchange it for your entry wristband and festival tastings glass.

Where are the event day collection points?
Ticketholders are to exchange their ticket for a Toast to the Coast wristband and commemorative tastings glass at one of these pre-nominated collection venues:

  • Leura Park Estate (Bellarine Loop)
  • Mt Duneed Estate (Surf Coast Loop)
  • Austins & Co. (Moorabool Loop)
  • Geelong Railway Station
  • Ocean Grove Post Office

Can I collect my wristband and glass pre-event day?
Yes. You can nominate a pre-event collection from Event Kit, 9 Rutland Street, Newtown 3220 (next to Boom Gallery). A pre-purchased ticket is still needed.
Pre-event collection dates are: Thursday 2 Nov 4.30pm – 6.30pm & Friday 3 Nov 4.30pm – 6.30pm

Can I buy single day tickets?
Yes. Toast to the Coast is an event that runs across both days of the weekend. You are welcome to purchase a ticket for just the Saturday or Sunday, or both days.

I want to get on or off the bus somewhere other than a participating winery, can I do that?
Unfortunately not. The shuttle bus must drop off/pick up patrons only at the designated stops. This enables us to run a safe and efficient service throughout the weekend hopefully without any delays.

I am the designated driver or designated non-drinker, do I still need to purchase a ticket?
Designated drivers and non-drinkers do not require a ticket to attend. You can still be a part of Toast to the Coast. Designated drivers will have access to special offers and non-alcoholic drinks but will not be able to partake in any wine tastings without a wristband.

Are children welcome?
Yes, children are welcome but must be accompanied by their parents or guardian at all times. Children under 18 are not required to buy an entry ticket. Participating venues reserve the right to request photo ID from wristband holders as proof of age.

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For the Love of Grape

Jump on-board with the crew from For the Love of Grape Specialty Wine Tours and enjoy the festival in comfort.  Our experienced hosts will escort you to the great wineries with a completely flexible itinerary (yes you decide where you want to go on the day!).  If you arrive at a destination and it’s not what you wanted, our local hosts will assist you to find a venue that’s just right for you. Don’t be stuck in queues waiting for crowded shuttle buses! Enjoy the experience and knowledge of our local hosts who know the area well and its wineries intimately.

Included is our door to door service which removes the need to drive. Toast to the Coast special rates of $85pp with discounts for groups of 10 or more (does not include your Toast ticket or lunch) for a full day tour. Get a group of friends together and book your own private vehicle for the day or join one of our public tours.

Call 0408 388 332 or email info@fortheloveofgrape.com.au

I Came I Saw I Drank

‘I Came I Saw I Drank’ conducts tailored tours of boutique wineries and gourmet produce providers across Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley (and Surf Coast by appointment) wine regions.

Providing a different perspective, you can choose your own wineries and local gourmet produce providers, or allow us to arrange everything for you. Available for up to 6 people – we will tailor an individual and unique experience to you. We pick you up from your local accommodation, Geelong Railway Station, Portarlington via Port Phillip Ferries or a mutually agreed location.

Your tour through the region can incorporate lunch at a preferred winery, restaurant or gourmet produce provider, or alternatively we can make arrangements based on your specific requirements. We deliver you back at the completion of your tour, or you may wish to continue with one last glass of wine, or cheese and charcuterie at a local wine purveyor.

Locally owned and operated 7 days.

Come… See… Drink… with us.

P: 0408 245 494 (David)
E: info@icameisawidrank.com
W: icameisawidrank.com

CAR
Geelong is a 45 minute car trip along the Princes Freeway from Melbourne.  The three sub regions where Toast to the Coast winery venues are situated are all a short drive from Geelong – heading out towards the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and The Bellarine.  If you are traveling to and around Toast to the Coast by car please plan ahead, nominate a designated driver and follow our tips on how to enjoy the Festival.

All of our Toast wineries have a special offer for Designated Non Drinkers and entry to all participating venues is free (without wine tastings)

FERRY  
Port Phillip Ferries this year will be operating on both days of the event. Tickets are available when you book your Toast to the Coast tickets online.

TRAIN
Leave the car at home and catch a V/Line train to Toast to the Coast.  Geelong is about an hour by train from Melbourne’s Southern Cross Station. Trains to Geelong depart Southern Cross Station frequently, and are met at Geelong Station by shuttle buses.  Travelling V/Line is easy, convenient and good value. To check timetables and fares, and to buy tickets, visit www.vline.com.au or call 136 196.

PLANE
Interstate travellers can easily access Geelong via Avalon Airport.  The airport is only 20 kilometres from Geelong CBD, a quick 15 minute drive.  For more information about Avalon Airport visit www.avalonairport.com.au

HOW TO ENJOY THE TOAST TO THE COAST

We have shuttle buses running in each sub region but seats are limited

If you are traveling by car, be sure to have a designated driver.

Designated drivers – thank you!!

All venues have special offers for designated drivers. Ask the staff at cellar doors.

You can always ask your party to buy you a bottle of wine as a thanks for driving – and enjoy it at home!

Some wine tasting tips

  • Don’t drink and drive
  • Catch the shuttle buses or take a private tour
  • Choose a designated driver
  • Use spittoons
  • Be careful topping up drinks
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Don’t drink on an empty stomach

It’s illegal to drive a vehicle at or over 0.05. So how do you know how much you can consume before you’re over the limit?  There’s no straight answer, as it’s different for every individual and can depend on how much you’ve eaten, how you’ve slept etc.

As a rough guide only, men can have no more than two standard drinks within the first hour and one every hour after that. Whilst, women can have no more than one standard drink in the first hour and one every hour after.

What makes a standard drink?

5 standard 20ml tastings of wine equals 1 standard drink

Here are some handy hints to stay under 0.05

  • 5 wine tastings equals approximately one standard drink
  • Breath testing is the only way to check you are under 0.05. If you’re over or close to 0.05, don’t risk it
  • If breath testing is not available, a general guide is one standard drink per hour for most women. Most men can drink two standard drinks in the first hour and one each hour after that
  • Eat before you drink, but avoid salty foods
  • Choose low alcohol drinks or alternate with soft drinks
  • The only way to reduce your blood alcohol level is to allow time to process the alcohol. It takes about one hour to break down the alcohol contained in one standard drink.

Please remember to drink in moderation

To find out more go to the TAC’s drink driving campaigns page.