Geelong Wine Region

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geelong wine regionGeelong region in Australia, had a thriving wine industry in the late 1800’s but due to the discovery of Phylloxera; the government of the day eradicated the vineyards. In the late 1960’s grape vines were replanted and today there are over 50 vineyards producing wine for the local and export, market.

Bannock burn Vineyards

Owned by the Hooper family this vineyard was established in 1974 over an area of 62 acres (25hs). Well known for their Shiraz as well as an excellent Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Prince Albert Vineyard

Established in 1975 this vineyard focuses on one variety of wine. Pinot Noir is an organic wine produced from 2 ha. Their cellar door is open by appointment.

Scotchmans Hill Vineyard and Winery

Established in 1982 and located in the heart of the Bellarine peninsula. They produce a wide range of wines such as Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, and Shiraz. The cellar door is open 7 days from 10-30am to 4-30pm at 190 Scotchmans Road Drysdale, just 20 minutes’ drive from Geelong.

Central Victoria

The warmer climate of the lower regions of Victoria is ideal for the production of red wines with a full bodied fruit flavor. Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon in particular do well in this region.

Chateau Tahbilk Wines, Goulburn Valley

This is one of Victoria’s oldest wineries which were established in 1860. It has been owned by the Purbrick Family since 1925 and is located in the Nagambie Lakes district of central Victoria which is around 120 Kilometres from Melbourne. Some of the original vines still produce an intensely flavored Shiraz. Originating in the Northern Regions of France from a rare grape variety, the rare grape variety, Marsanne is grown on only three other countries, in America, Switzerland and Australia. Marsanne white wine offers aromas and flavours of lemon, peach and tropical fruit. The winery also produces Voignier, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdhello and Cabernet Merlot.

Delatite Winery, Central Victorian Mountain Country

Established in 1982 on the base of the rolling hills of Mount Buller the wines produces offer a European structure and complexity. They produce Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Gris, Cabernet Merlo and Temperanillo.

Mitchelton Winery, Goulburn Valley

Established in 1969 with an acreage of 350Aces (142ha). It is one of the largest producers of the Gouldburn Valley and produces quality flavour of White Marsanne, Riesling, Shiraz and Cabernet.
Passing Clouds, Bendigo: Established in 1974 by owners Graeme Leith and Sue Mackinnon. They produce full bodied flavoured Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Chardonnay. They offer a wine club and have a cellar door that operates seven days from 10am to 5pm.

Paul Osika Wines, Bendigo

This winery was established in 1995 by Paul Osika and remains a family owned winery to this day. This vineyard helped revitalises the Golburn Valley wine industry in the 1950’s. The winery is well known for its Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz.

Water Wheel Vineyards, Bendigo

It was established in 1972 and bought in 1989 by the Cunningham family who expanded the area under vines to over 300 acres. They produce Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Petit Verdot. Their cellar door is open Monday to Friday from 9am to 5 pm. and on Saturday and Sunday and public holidays from 12 noon to 4pm.

Wild Duck Creek Estate

A small family run winery that was established in 1980 by David and Diana Anderson. Annually they produce Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as a Little White Duck white wine. Special releases include Alan’s Cabernet Pressings, Sparkling Duck, and Duck Muck which is priced at $350 and is described as “A masterful explosion of contradictions merging in harmony and captured in a bottle”.

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