'...Take a few days out of your life to absorb yourself in the world of musicians and their music making.' Bob Roberts
The Roberts family had no idea that their first "music in the winery" would develop into what it is today - The Huntington Estate Music Festival.
'...It started on a Saturday night in October with a group of young musicians from the ABC Sinfonia playing Quartets and Trios, some friends and Huntington wine patrons numbering one hundred. A sit down dinner featured especially prepared local spring lamb, slow open pit roasted , basted in salt, herbs and garlic, accompanied by asparagus picked that morning. The golden half lambs were placed along the centre of the tables on white towelling; the guests were told to each bring a knife and they carved for themselves. The musicians were of course placed amongst the audience at the tables. We had such a good time, in every way that we just had to do it again.' Bob Roberts.
Richard Tognetti had formed the Huntington Chamber Orchestra whilst at the Sydney Conservatorium and had performed previous winery concerts. Everyone was well aware of the stunning power of an orchestra in the winery but Bob and Wendy Roberts couldn't help but wonder if anyone would come?
Twenty years on the Huntington Estate Music Festival is a much loved and highly respected event on the Australian and international music calendars. Over the years the winery has welcomed musicians and guests from all over the world and played to sell-out audiences year after year.
Tim Stevens, the new owner and winemaker of Huntington Estate, was enthusiastic to carry on every aspect of the Huntington Estate Music Festival and so, starting in 2006 under the direction of Carl Vine and Musica Viva, Huntington Estate continued to welcome exceptional musicians from Australia and overseas to the winery. The new incarnation of the festival has been met with rave reviews from the guests, the media and most importantly, from the Roberts family.