The Bellarine Peninsula is 80 km from Melbourne. During your trip, you will visit 6 wineries. You’ll be impressed by Port Phillip Bay’s scenic views and the variety of local wines.
Jack Rabbit Estate
We’ll begin our journey with the Jack Rabbit winery. Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are grown on 100 acres of vineyards. The combination of environmental conditions in Bellarine, which determine the bouquet and potential of wine, is often compared with the most famous wine-growing regions of France — Burgundy and Bordeaux. The cool sea climate does not lead to particularly plentiful harvests, however, moderate rainfall, slow ripening and good soil characteristics contribute to a high-quality yield. By trying the Bellarine wine you are getting a “taste of the region”. The Jack Rabbit winery is situated on a picturesque hill along with a restaurant and hotel.
- Wine tasting at the Jack Rabbit Estate costs $5 per person.
Then we will visit the Terindah Estate Winery. Peter and Kate Slatteri’s family-owned company offers gourmet cuisine and award-winning wines of its own production. The name Terindah remained after a change in ownership, translated from Indonesian it means “the most beautiful”. Take a stroll through the well-kept vineyards and landscaped spaces of the recreation area, admire the breathtaking views of the bay and sample refreshments accompanied by excellent wine.
- Wine tasting at the Terindah Estate costs $5 per person.
Another winery located in the Bellarine region — the Bellarine Estate, was founded in 1996. Wine for every taste is produced from the Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz that’s grown here, from lightly sparkling to fortified red. Of the 14 types of wines presented, 8 varieties are produced under its own brand exclusively from grapes grown at the Bellarine Estate. The remaining 6 varieties use produce from neighbouring vineyards in the region and are marketed under the Portarlington Ridge brand.
- Wine tasting at Bellarine Estate costs $5 per person.
The next stop is the Curlewis Winery. The Winery’s owners of Italian origin continue the traditions of the first owners to grow Pinot Noir. The first vines of this variety were planted in this cool climate back in the mid-80s and are considered the oldest in the region. The process of growing grapes at this winery is based on a combination of various classic European, to innovative Australian and American methods. A distinguishing feature of Curlewis wines is blending.
You will get acquainted with the interesting history of friendship between former and current owners. Learn about how engineering helps modern winemakers ease the manual labour of growing and processing raw materials.
- Wine tasting at Curlewis Estate costs $5 per person.
Leura Park Estate wine tasting and lunch
Next, we will visit the Leura Park Estate Winery, marked by numerous awards and medals. It produces wines with raw materials harvested entirely from their own vineyards.
Leura Park Estate’s Winemaker, Darren Burke, is a follower of manual grape harvesting and classic wine production techniques. It may be the faithfulness to tradition, combined with winemaking talent that allows achieving such high results over the years. Unparalleled Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris will please even the pickiest gourmets. Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay and Blanc de Blanc are distinguished by their sophisticated French style. The sensational Pinot Noir and Shiraz will not leave wine connoisseurs and lovers feeling indifferent. We’ll have lunch at the Leura Park Estate restaurant accompanied by premium wines.
- Wine tasting at Leura Park Estate costs $5 per person.
- WTwo-Course set-menu lunch at Leura Park Estate costs $60 per person.
The next stop on our trip will be the Wayawu Estate Winery.
At the Wayawu Estate, you will find wine, the distinguishing feature of which is a rich fruit bouquet and taste. This family-owned enterprise grows four different clones of Shiraz. Wayawu Estate’s vineyards are located in the centre of the Bellarine Peninsula. All vines here are pruned, harvested and processed manually. The fermentation process takes place with minimal interruption, and the finished wine is aged in French oak barrels.
- Wine tasting at Wayawu Estate costs $5 per person.
Flying Brick Cider House
Before returning to Melbourne we can visit the Flying Brick Cider House, where a variety of ciders are on offer. This is a popular destination with a broad selection of drinks. Cider is made here naturally using traditional methods without the addition of sugars, dyes and concentrates. Fresh fruit from local farmers is used for all production.
- Cider tasting at Flying Brick costs $5 per person.
|Jack Rabbit Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Terindah Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Bellarine Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Curlewis Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Leura Park Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Two-course lunch at Leura Park restaurant with a glass of wine||$60 per person|
|Wayawu Estate wine tasting||$5 per person|
|Flying Brick cider tasting||$5 per person|
Book your Bellarine Peninsula private winery tours now and spend a wonderful day in the company of friends.