Mount Barker celebrates wine and racing

Media Statement from John Day/ Brendon Grylls

  •     Grapes and Gallops highlights the best of Mount Barker
  •     Event attracts big number of visitors
  •     Supported through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme
  •     Jointly funded by Royalties for Regions
Mount Barker will celebrate its premium wine, gourmet produce and horse racing next Sunday (January 20) as part of the annual Mount Barker Cooperative Grapes and Gallops.
Acting Tourism Minister John Day said the event highlighted the best of Mount Barker’s industries and attracted many visitors to the region.
“The Great Southern region, which includes Mount Barker, is one of Western Australia’s key wine destinations, renowned for its award-winning rieslings,” Mr Day said.
“The event will provide an opportunity for patrons to sample wines from nine Mount Barker wine producers, as well as enjoy a gourmet three-course lunch.
“In addition, the region’s richest horse race, the $90,000 Mungrup Stud Sprint, will be a key feature of the festival.”
The State Government supports the Mount Barker Cooperative Grapes and Gallops through Eventscorp’s Regional Events Scheme, which is jointly funded by Royalties for Regions.
“By promoting events in regional areas, the Government is increasing visitation to the region, adding vibrancy to respective towns and their communities and gaining valuable exposure for the area for media coverage,” Mr Day said.
Regional Development Minister Brendon Grylls said he was proud of the Government’s significant Royalties for Regions’ commitment to regional events.
“Due to events such as Grapes and Gallops, the Government helps increase visitation to regional towns, boosting local economies and positive regional development outcomes,”
Mr Grylls said.
“In addition, events contribute to the building of sustainable communities by bringing people together to celebrate their town.”
Fact File
  • Mount Barker Cooperative Grapes and Gallops to be held at Frost Park on January 20
  • More information at
  • Through the Liberal-National Government, events in regional areas have received major assistance with $40million across four years funded through Royalties for Regions