The Bellarine Taste Trail is a veritable feast, boasting a bounty of nearly 50 food and wine destinations across the Bellarine Peninsula. Wandering a delicious path past celebrated restaurants, award-winning wineries, plentiful farm gates and cosy accommodation; here's four compelling reasons why you need to explore the Bellarine Taste Trail and pronto!
Sit back, relax (and maybe loosen the belt a little) as you enjoy the hospitality of inspired eateries. The restaurants and cafes of the Bellarine Taste Trail skillfully utilise seasonal produce to deliver dishes that are exciting to the eye and tantalising to the tastebuds. From fine dining to casual to contemporary, there is a style, setting and serving to satisfy everybody’s taste.
Chow down on mussel chowder at The Little Mussel Café, feast on Basil’s Farm’s sumptuous cheese platter, use your hands 360Q’s sticky beef ribs or line your table with the opulent offerings at At the Heads. These are just a small sample of the restaurants/cafes that feature on the trail!
The Bellarine Peninsula is a name synonymous with the meticulous production of cool climate wines. Boutique wineries and family-run vineyards along the trail consistently deliver exceptional wine varieties from a distinctive maritime environment, and the views aren't bad either. Pinot gris, pinot grigio, chardonnay, sauvignon blanc, riesling, zinfandel, pinot noir and shiraz await along the Bellarine Taste Trail.
The trail features five-star rated wineries - as decreed by Australia's impressively-eyebrowed wine expert James Halliday (in his Wine Companion, 2020) - Scotchmans Hill; small batch winery, Baie Wines; leading hand-craft wine-makers, Bennetts on Bellarine; and one of Australia’s best pinot noirs (winner of the Australian Pinot Noir Challenge 2018), Yes Said the Seal.
Take the Bellarine Taste Trail home with you by stocking up on some pantry goods or filling your esky with fresh produce. Makers and growers of the region supply farm gates, provedores and stores along the trail with fresh fruit, vegetables, seafood, cheeses, dips, spreads, spices, butters and so much more. Your soon-to-be sticky hands will be itching to get around this deliciousness.
Purchase award-winning, cold-pressed, extra virgin olive oil at Manzanillo Grove. Stockpile your pantry with the all-natural condiments, spices, dressings and sweets of Wildings Pantry Essentials. Pick your own and eat your own hand-picked, flavour-popping strawberries and blueberries from Tuckerberry Hill. Line your next cheese board with the delectable deli delights from Annie’s Provedore.
It stands to reason with so much fabulous foodie to sample, you are going to want to stay on and explore to your heart and belly’s content. The Bellarine Taste Trail features great places to stay at a range of locations throughout the Bellarine Peninsula, some of which are even located on-site at wineries, all of which keep the flow of mouth-watering food coming.
Luxurious suites and a mineral spa await you at Lon Retreat & Spa, along with a Makers and Growers Pantry you can pluck goods from and take back to your room with a view. Athelstane House is a hotel by the sea with restaurant and bar to boot. Spend the night over-looking the vines and enjoying a glass of their finest at McGlashan Estate’s luxury eco villas. Camp in style with glamping at Terindah Estate; delicious food and wine enjoyed with breathtaking views of the ocean and access to a private beach.
Why drive when you can cruise? Port Phillip Ferries will bring you from Docklands in Melbourne to Portarlington, in the Bellarine Taste Trail heartland. From there, any number of tour and transport options can get you to a tasty destination. Coming from the other side of the bay? Searoad Ferries can bring you AND your car, via Queenscliff. Sail to the Trail - it's all part of the fun.
You can opt to tour this fabulous foodie trail as a self-drive, self-explore journey or engage a tour company that will guide you on this unique journey, like Andy’s Trails who will organise the our, transport and driver!
Eat, explore and enjoy the Bellarine Taste Trail.