Wine lovers, prepare your glasses! The sun's out and that means it's the perfect time to sit amongst the vines and sip on your favourite varietal. With Geelong, The Bellarine and Moorabool Valley offering up a host of wonderful wineries, you're set to have a barrel of the finest type of fun. Here's a few we heard about on the grapevine...
Props to the legends at Baie Wines for the cover shot.
The cellar door, restaurant and winery of Provenance Wines is located within a beautifully restored bluestone building on the banks of the Barwon River. It is reputably recognised as Gourmet Traveller's 2018 Star Cellar Door for the Geelong Region and James Halliday's 2019 Best value Winery in Australia!
Mt Duneed Estate sources it grapes from the Geelong area to create exceptional sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, estate-grown Rose’, pinot noir and shiraz. Best sipped, savoured and celebrated in their lively Barrel Hall Café. Mt Duneed is also renowned for playing host to many an epic ‘Day on the Green’ gigs.
Family owned and run winery, BAIE Wines specialises in Rosé, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris and Shiraz. From picking the grapes to pouring and selling the wine, the Kuc family does it all and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Oakdene Vineyard and Cellar Door offers visitors a unique and eclectic wine tasting experience in their fabled 'Upside-Down House'. Set on a lush garden, the vineyard also has an award-winning contemporary restaurant, accommodation and casual dining eatery.
Rated among James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wineries, Scotchmans Hill was established in 1982 and prides itself on producing premium cool maritime climate wines. Skilfully combining modern and traditional winemaking techniques, Scotchman’s is geared toward the creation of highly individualistic and intensely characteristic wines. Enjoy the unforgettable sips while taking in the spectacular sprawling view of Swan Bay, Queenscliff, the Heads and beyond.
Set upon a magnificent 150 acres, Austins & Co showcases award-winning wines and a spectacular vista of the Moorabool Valley. Their pop-up cellar door features the collections of 6Ft6, Greenbanks, Austins & Co. and their small batch Custom Collection, all of which are beautifully balanced and flavoured.
Set atop undulating slopes, Clyde Park Vineyard and Bistro offers breathtaking views of their flowing vines and surrounding Moorabool region. Add to that a generous pour of their estate-grown, premium quality, cool climate wine and a plate of fresh and fabulous food fare (Clyde Park aptly utilise two onsite kitchen gardens), and you have yourself a superlative Clyde Park experience.
‘Between Five Bells’ is the delectable alter ego of Lethbridge Wines. Created with the concept of ‘drinkability first, and varieties, marketing and expectations second’, this sip can be savoured in a setting as unique as the wine. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door.