Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Address: 85 McAdams Ln, Bellarine
Website: www.jackrabbitvineyard.com.au
Phone: 03 5251 2223

Review by: Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Unrivalled views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne. A rich, diverse stable of sophisticated cool climate wines. Contemporary al a carte dining. An intimate coastal ambience.
The ultimate Bellarine experience awaits. . .

At Jack Rabbit Vineyard we have two amazing venues that
you can choose from, both great, both with incredible views and atmosphere.
What will your Jack Rabbit experience be?

With commanding views, a majestic deck and stunning interior, the Jack Rabbit Restaurant is a must do gastromic experience of The Bellarine. Savour the seasonal al a carte menu and service.

Grassy Point Wines

Address: 145 Coatsworth Rd, Portarlington
Website: www.grassypointwines.com.au/
Phone: 0409 429 608 / 03 5251 3969 (ah)

Review by: Grassy Point Wines

Grapes are all estate grown, hand picked and deliberately low yielding, giving intense flavours, good tannin structure and cellaring potential.

Wines under the Grassy Point label have met with rapid success and we have won over 12 wine show medals. This culminated with a 4 star entry In James Halliday's Wine Companion 2006.

In the Wine Companion 2009, Grassy Point Wines were given 5 stars and listed as one of the best wineries in the rapidly growing Geelong Region.

Our most successful wines have been pinot noir, chardonnay and shiraz, and sauvignon blanc which rapidly sells out.

Grapes varieties most suited to this cool-climate region were planted. Initial plantings included pinot noir, chardonnay, cabernet franc, malbec and merlot. Shiraz and sauvignon blanc were planted in the following years. Trellising runs north-south and is set up for Scott Henry or VSP. Plantings are on raised and/or mulched beds with vines on
3 X 1.6 metres.

Ecologically sustainable farming principles are foremost in the planning and practice of Grassy Point Wines. The property has ample water storage where many varieties of wading, migratory and water birds are to be found. The water supply is secure due to the connection of recycled water from the Portarlington Re-use Facility. Chemical usage is kept to a minimum. Extensive plantings of indigenous trees have been established to provide shelter to the vineyard and grazing livestock.

Wine grape growing on Coatsworth Farm is complemented with South Devon beef cattle.

Bellarine Estate Winery & Brewery

Address: 2270 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine
Website: www.bellarineestate.com.au/
Phone: 03 5259 3310

Review by: Bellarine Estate Winery & Brewery

We visited on our wedding anniversary for lunch and had the pulled pork, duck and a bottle of the two wives Shiraz. A beautiful meal that was perfect for the occasion.

My Husband and I dropped in for lunch today. Both the service and food were excellent, can't wait to go back.

On behalf of our members I am writing to express our appreciation for allowing us to hold our event in your lovely venue at Bellarine Estate Winery. It was such a memorable day and so well organised, from start to finish. - Alfred Hospital Nurses League

Banks Road Vineyard

Address: 600 Banks Rd, Marcus Hill
Website: www.banksroad.com.au/
Phone: 03 5258 3777

Review by: Banks Road Vineyard

Banks Road Vineyard is a small family run winery and vineyard on the Bellarine Penninsula. Established by William & Avanelle Derham in 2002, we have approximately 13.5 acres of vines here at Banks Road. We grow Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc & Shiraz varieties. Our Banks Road range are now produced predominatly from our own vineyards but we continue to work closely with our growers and have created two new labels to enable us to continue to work together.
Our wines are best enjoyed with food & friends.

All wines are made on site in our small hands on facility. We also make wine for some of the other vineyards in our area. We are very passionate about our wine and enjoy the closeness to our produce that being a small winery gives us.

From bud burst in the spring to bottling the wine, sometimes years later, we see each vintage evolve.

Our wines have received many accolades at shows and in reviews by wine writers.

Austins Wines

Address: 870 Steiglitz Rd, Sutherlands Creek
Website: www.austinsandco.com.au/
Phone: 03 5281 1799

Review by: Austins

From the heart of Victoria's Moorabool Valley wine region to the tables of the most contemporary restaurants and dining rooms the world over.

A blend of cool climate elegance meets warm family atmosphere.

For more than thirty-years, our bold venture has crafted Pinot Noir for the people, and Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz to be seriously shared.

Which is why the Co. in Austins & Co. affectionately stands for the Company we love to keep – our circle of friends, family and followers – and the quality Conversations sparked by a glass or two of Austins & Co.

You could say we've a real taste for longing and belonging.

Step into the world of an Australian original. You're very welcome.

Spence

Address: 760 Burnside Rd, Murgheboluc
Website: www.spencewines.com.au/
Phone: 03 5265 1181

Review by: Spence

It was an extended holiday touring around Europe many years ago that provided the inspiration for Anne and Peter Spence to grow grapes and make wine. After a 3 year search, a suitable site was found, and in 1997 the vineyard was established. Spence Wines aims to make wine of the highest possible quality. We only use our own fruit from our own vineyard, to ensure we get the best quality grapes. These are wines that reflect the site they are grown on. They are made in small quantities, have limited availability and are amongst the best from the region. To ensure the wines are properly developed, they are released with some bottle age and are suited to cellaring. Pls enjoy the website and learn a little more about Spence Wines.

Shadowfax WINERY & RESTAURANT

Address: K Rd, Werribee
Website: www.shadowfax.com.au/
Phone: 03 9731 4420

Review by: Shadowfax

Established in 1998, Shadowfax is a boutique winery located 30 minutes from Melbourne, in the heart of Werribee Park. Dedicated to creating quality, handcrafted wines that express the characteristics of the vineyards in which they were grown, Shadowfax produces 11,000 cases of premium wines each year. Renowned varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz as well as a selection of highly limited, single-vineyard wines.

Shadowfax's winemaker, Matt Harrop has a strong focus on regionality with the majority of fruit sourced and hand-harvested from vineyards from the vineyard at Werribee and small growers in the Adelaide Hills, Macedon and Geelong. Each and every vineyard has its own distinct characteristics and produces grapes of only the highest quality.

Contemporary in design and function, Shadowfax's unique architecture reflects an attempt to create a harmony between the winery and its natural surroundings. Shadowfax's rusted sheet metal exterior, and its terra cotta interior, evoke the best of our Australian wine heritage. Yet the Winery is a state-of-the art development, and none of the meticulous processes that are required for the making of fine wines have been overlooked.

Moorabool Ridge

Address: 37 Spiller Rd, Lethbridge
Website: www.mooraboolvalley.com.au/ridge
Phone: 03 5281 9240

Review by: Moorabool Ridge

Deep in the Valley perched on the edge of the Moorabool River is a shepherd's cottage built in 1856. This historic building is now home to Moorabool Ridge's tasting room. The cottage is full of the delights of the vineyard, olive grove and farm. Shelves are stacked with gourmet jams, pickles, relishes and olive oil, all produced on the farm.

Fine wine, cheese platters and foccaccias can be enjoyed in the wonderful succulent garden whilst watching the Moorabool River slowly slide by or order beautiful freshly baked cakes and coffee from the shade of the verandah.

A place of peace and tranquility, Moorabool Ridge is truly a special place to linger

Lethbridge Wines

Address: 74 Burrows Rd, Lethbridge
Website: www.lethbridgewines.com/
Phone: 03 5281 7279

Review by: Lethbridge Wines

Have you ever sat around enjoying a drink with your friends and imagined 'What if we could.....??'.

This is how our story began:

Lethbridge Wines grew from a friendship between Ray Nadeson, Maree Collis and Adrian Thomas. Back in the mid 1990's we were busy establishing careers in science and medicine and shared a love of great wine which ultimately became quite an obsession. The afternoons sipping Burgundies were replaced by weekends searching for the perfect vineyard site and then by afternoons digging holes and planting vines. For two of us (Maree and Ray) the passion for wine drove us to a tree change, and in 2003 after 7 years of balancing careers in science and running a vineyard and winery, we made Lethbridge Wines our reison d'etre.

Our aim is to produce natural, savory wines that focus on balance and texture with a real sense of place or terroir.

Maree Collis and Ray Nadeson are not your average winemakers of a boutique winery. Both were initially trained as research scientists and hold PhD degrees in chemistry and medicine, respectively. While combining their scientific careers with winemaking, Maree and Ray completed the winemaking degree at Charles Sturt University. Ray states, "winemaking is not really that different to science, both are creative and both involve 99% perspiration, 1% inspiration".

Not surprisingly, the site at Lethbridge was selected based on scientific principles such as soil type, degree days and other climatic indicators, yet when the three partners first explored the property they discovered an ancient old wooden fermentation vat in one of the old sheds. Discussion with the previous owner (Ivor Perdrisat) revealed that his family, Swiss in origin, had planted a vineyard on the exact site back in the 1870's before the discovery of phylloxera in the region. The old wine vat has been reincarnated as a beautiful timber tasting bench in the cellar door. This story is compelling in the connection between traditional wisdom and modern science.

Eagles Rise (Wild Wine)

Address: 310 Russells Bridge Rd, Russells Bridge
Website: www.wildwine.com.au/
Phone: 03 5281 2040

Review by: Eagles Rise

Welcome to Eagles Rise vineyard and Wild Wine. From our spectacular site perched above the Moorabool River valley near Bannockburn, Geelong, we make a range of commercial and wild ferment wines from our 20 acre vineyard. These are made on site from a single vineyard and almost all done (from planting, maintaining, winemaking, marketing and sales) by a single person, right down to the hand ratchet vintage basket press. Using the natural indigenous yeasts that support our pursuit of sustainable viticulture, plus traditional low intervention winemaking we over-deliver some of the best value exclusive hand-made cool climate wines available. We also stock Eagles Rise embossed professional wine tasting glasses, a large selection of locally made 'Olds Cool' boiled lollies, real local Coffee Snobs coffee, and gift hampers. All available from our beautifully restored 1880′s Sunday schoolhouse, just 11 minutes off the Geelong Ring Road.

Del RioS of Mt Anakie Winery & CAFE

Address: 2290 Ballan Rd, Anakie
website: www.delrios.com.au/
Phone: 03 5284 1227

Review by: Del Rios

The Del Rios vineyard and winery is located on the western slopes of the ancient volcano of Mt Anakie in the Geelong region of Victoria, Australia and offers distinctive premium cool climate wines. It is located near the small township of Anakie in the foothills of the scenic Brisbane Ranges National Park which offers numerous natural attractions and walking tracks.

We believe that great wines are produced from the best quality grapes. Thus, the wines are hand pruned and trained, the fruit is hand picked and the wines are handcrafted solely from estate grown fruit.

German del Rio was born in 1920 in San Cristobal de Valdueza, in the northern mountainous region of Spain, near the border with Portugal. The family had blocks of vines grown on the steep slopes below the village. German migrated to Australia, and three generations have since shared in the Australian experience.
Gus and Esther del Rio with their 3 sons Andres, Joshua and Marcus purchased the property in 1994 and the first vines were planted in 1996. 18 hectares are planted to Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc and Marsanne.

In 2004, the fully equipped winery was built on site, which includes a bottling and labeling line. The fruit is handpicked and whole bunch pressed for the white wines. Later the wine is quality assessed and the best premium wine is allocated to the del Rios label or to our second range called Mayhem@Anakie and then to the 3D wine range. French oak barrels are used exclusively. We can comfortably process over 150 tonnes and have tank space to hold this. The large range of small tanks allows individual parcels of wines to be processed and kept separate.

There are seven different varieties Sauvignon Blanc, Marsanne, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot planted on the 35 acres under vines. The warmer and well-drained lower blocks allow us to control vigour and consistently ripen our cabernet sauvignon.

Anakie area has a continental climate and has a low rainfall being in the rain shadow of the Brisbane The climate helps to provide prolonged ripening conditions, resulting in low disease pressure and allows control of the canopy through drip irrigation. Special care is given to vine trellising and canopy management so as to maximize the fruit quality for each vintage.

Prince Albert Vineyard

Address: 100 Lemins Rd, Waurn Ponds
Website: www.winegeelong.com.au/wineries/prince_albert_vineyard
Phone: 0412 531 191

Review by: Wine Geelong

Prince Albert vineyard occupies 2 ha of arguably one of the best wine grape growing sites in Australia – the north facing slope of the Waurn Ponds Valley. The top soil is 0.5 meters of terra rossa on top of limestone marl. It was first used for a vineyard of the same name from 1857 to 1882 and was re-established by Bruce Hyett in 1975.

Prince Albert vineyard specializes in pinot noir and its' good sometimes exceptional wine is sold by mail order to all over Australia, and is available in some good restaurants in Melbourne, Sydney and London. New members of the mailing list are welcome and will be sent a newsletter announcing each new vintage.

We believe the very best wine is grown and made organically and both the vineyard and winery have been officially certified organic to the Biological Farmers of Australia standards since 1998. Hence our wine lovers are assured there are no residual synthetic chemicals present and the grapes are grown with minimal environmental effects.

All grapes used are grown on the vineyard. The vines are pruned and picked by hand. Some of the grapes are immediately lightly crushed and all are treated by pigeage in open wax lined concrete fermenters before malolactic fermentation. The wine is aged in a mixture of new and old French oak barriques for approximately twelve months with minimum sulphur dioxide added before estate bottling.

Otway Estate Winery & Brewery

Address: 10-30 Hoveys Rd, Barongarook
Website: www.otwayestate.com.au/
Phone: 03 5233 8400

Review by: Otway Estate

Otway Estate caters for weddings, functions, conferences and group tour bookings. Our fully self contained spa cottages nestled in the surrounding bush, offer a tranquil and relaxing getaway where your most difficult decision may be whether to put another log on the wood fire, add more bubbles to your spa or both!. We are also the home of Otway Brewing, producing Prickly Moses Beers and Forbidden Fruit Ciders.

Did you know our Brewery Outlet is open Friday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm?
Come on in and relax on the deck or around the fire while you sample our beers, wines and cider.
Featuring our Prickly Moses Handcrafted Beers, Forbidden Fruit Ciders and Otway Estate Wines, come on in and delight your taste buds with our beverages whilst browsing through our gift packs and other merchandise available for your purchase as a memento of your visit with us.
And it is worth noting that our Brewery Outlet offers our products at discounted prices!!

MOSHULU ESTATE

Address: 830 Nortons Rd, Paraparap
Website: www.moshulu.com.au/
Phone: 0438 007 316

Review by: Moshulu Estate

Moshulu Estate is a boutique winery, family owned and operated by Melanie and Warren Heinnen, specialising in cool climate wines - Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The vineyard is located 9km inland from the iconic Great Ocean Road between the popular seaside holiday towns of Torquay and Anglesea, on the shipwreck Coast of Victoria. Our vineyard is vital in the production of wine, producing berries which capture and enhance the distinctive flavours unique to the sandy soils of Paraparap.

To capture and enhance the intrinsic flavours unique to the area, the vineyard promotes healthy soil, plants and berries. The Scott Henry trellising system together with the increased row width maximizes sunlight and allows the coastal breezes to flow through the entire vineyard. The risk of disease and pests has also been minimised through organic farming practices and the promotion of the many natural eco systems which thrive in and around the vineyard.

Established in 2001, now with 10 acres under vine, Moshulu Estate specialises in producing very low volume, single vineyard vintages. The wines are made by hand with traditional wine making methods and equipment being used alongside the most modern testing and storage facilities.

Our aim is to create elegant wines that reflect the terroir and fruit the vineyard produces.

Our Estate name - Moshulu (Mo-shoe-loo) takes its name from the largest four mast sailing ship in the world still afloat. Launched in 1904 she almost became a shipwreck statistic with a 'near miss' on our infamous rugged coastline, near Point Addis.