Australia's foremost wine writer (and eyebrow extraordinaire) James Halliday has released his latest edition of the Halliday Wine Companion and once again Geelong and The Bellarine is wonderfully well represented.
Confirming what many lucky locals already know, Provenance Wines has officially been named as Australia's Best Value Winery - paying tribute to the recent refurbishments to the old paper mills and the new cellar door. There's also recognition for a range of wines, including an exceptional Chardonnay (2015), and their outstanding Pinot Noir (2015).
Austins & Co. continues a great run, recognised as a 5-star winery, with awards for their exceptional Spencer Shiraz (2106) and Delilah Pinot Noir (2015).
Barrgowan Vineyard brings home a 5-star rating as well as a nod for their outstanding Peninsula Shiraz (2016).
Clyde Park Vineyard is back once again, with a couple of Exceptional Pinots and a 5-star winery ranking.
Lethbridge Wines scores a 5-star spot and a special mention for their exceptional Dr Nadeson Riesling (2017).
Oakdene enjoys yet more success, nods to their restaurant, cellar door and outstanding Single Vineyard Cabernet (2016).
Scotchman's Hill retains their 5-star ranking and celebrates both an exceptional Chardonnay (2016) and their outstanding Sauvignon (2016).
Shadowfax succeeds again with their exceptional Chardonnay (2016) and their 5-star rating.
Spence Wines snags a 5-star spot again and a special mention for their exceptional Geelong Chardonnay (2016).
Yes Said The Seal sees their exceptional Pinot Noir celebrated, and an overal 5-star rating for the winery.
A wonderful achievement for all the operators, and another reason (as if we needed it) to get out and about in the region and enjoy some of these award winning wines.