Moving to the Coffs Coast and purchasing a vineyard sounds like an entry on a bucket list. Madonna and Barry Bannerman can tick it off their list, having recently purchased Two Tails Winery in Nana Glen and making a long overdue tree change. Focus took a tour of the vines and the had a chat about their up and coming music in the Vines festival.
What is your connection to the Coffs Coast?
I had lived in Coffs Harbour for many years and wanted to come home to the Coffs Coast. After spending over 15 years in Sydney and then marrying Barry, who works on the Pacific Motorway construction, and moving every few years, it was time to return to the area. Two Tails Wines was the perfect opportunity for us to fulfil our passion for a return to the Coffs Coast. As soon as we saw the property, we fell in love with it and knew that the ideas we had would work really well. We loved the small village atmosphere that Nana Glen offered, with the rural lifestyle we craved.
Tell us about some of the new and exciting renovations happening at Two Tails Wines.
We currently have our deck off the cellar door under construction, with plenty more projects to come. We are also in the process with Council on getting DA approval for a restaurant (Tapas) to go in early in the New Year. Mid next year will see the completion of our two B & B rooms added, along with a huge outdoor entertaining area including a pool and spa for our guests to use. So, it all very exciting out here at present and is starting to look like how I had pictured it all.
Are the suppliers and materials you’re using for the renovations local?
All suppliers and materials used in our renovations are local businesses, as we are big believers in supporting the locals and keeping our dollars in the area. We have had great support from them all, sourcing products on a short deadline.
You have some exciting events and projects planned in the near future. Tell us a bit about them.
We have our Music in the Vines coming up on 21st January 2017. We will also be looking at doing Paddock to Plate, Long lunch in the Vines, as well as a number of music events throughout the year. We are also starting to do weddings at the winery, with four already booked in for 2017.
Music in the Vines is coming up early next year. Can you tell us who is playing and what we can expect at the event?
We are going to be holding Music in the Vines on January 21st 2017 and then looking to do a music event every three months with other local and Australian artists.
For our event on the 21st Jan 2017 we have Lisa Hunt, Then Jolene, Minnie Marks and D’Boyzos, which is really exciting. This event is an open air concert venue located in the magnificent Nana Glen NSW. Being an open air venue, it is important to note that the event will proceed rain, hail or shine, so please come prepared if wet weather is forecast. Umbrellas and shade structures are strictly prohibited; we will have shade structures at the venue for guests to use. This is an 18 + event.
Food and Beverages: No food or drinks will be permitted – Two Tales Wines has a large variety of food and beverage offerings for purchase on the day. No food or beverages are to be brought into the venue. Small soft cooler bags/small eskies may be brought into the venue. Larger eskies with wheels are not permitted. Catering on site on the day by Kafe Kookaburra and Idle in Café, both local cafés in the area. We will also have cheese platters available to purchase.
Transport: We have Newcombe buses arranged to transport people to and from the venue, with pick up points in Coffs Harbour and Moonee. Closer to the date we will release a timetable for the bus service.
Seating: The general admission areas of the venue are fully unreserved. You are welcome to bring a folding camp chair or picnic rug with you.
Disabled Patrons: Disabled parking is available at the entry to the venue; please see parking staff for assistance. Once inside the venue you may take advantage of the dedicated viewing area or alternatively, sit anywhere in the general admission area. Accessible toilets are located inside the venue.
Items Prohibited from Entry: umbrellas, tents, sunshades, glass, aluminum and metal containers, alcoholic beverages, drinks or drink bottles of any kind, picnic baskets. Large eskies, and pets.
What parking is available?
Parking is available for limited numbers on site on the day of the event, as well as the provided bus service from Coffs Harbour bus stop, located near the Coast Hotel, and also a pick up from the car park at Moonee Tavern.
Tell us about the VIP section.
For our upcoming event we have added a deck to our cellar door and have created a VIP section. Tickets are now available for sale from Two Tails Wines cellar door only. Your ticket includes bus to and from event, sparkling white on arrival, food is supplied, all day table service for all your drinks by our great team, and a view of the main stage. Full seating undercover. It’s a great way to attend Music in the Vines.
Who are some of the local businesses supporting the event?
We have had great support for this event from the local business in the area:
Idle in Café
Newcombe Coach Lines
Where can we purchase tickets?
Tickets are available online from Offbeat Operations for general admission, with or without bus ticket, and VIP tickets are available from the Two Tails Wine cellar door only. Tickets are selling fast; get in quick, as you won’t want to miss out. We have limited numbers.