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Wineries and cellar doors of the Great Ocean Road

This region may not be best known for wine, but dotted around the coast and countryside are some incredible cool climate wineries to discover. Create your own wine tour, stopping at cellar doors for tastings and sampling local produce. Or settle in for a long lunch among the vines. Whether you’re looking for somewhere with good vibes and live music, a venue where the kids can run wild or a romantic weekend escape, here’s your vineyard hit list.

Bellbrae Estate - Bellbrae

One of the few winerys located right on the Great Ocean Road, Bellbrae Estate lies among the rolling hills of the Surf Coast. Five minutes from Bells Beach, the winery is naturally influenced by the sea and surf and you might recognise some of the names of local surf breaks on the labels. Head to the cellar door for wine tastings, or swing past on Sundays for wood fired pizzas and live tunes. Spend a sunny arvo session on the lawn, with a glass of Winkipop sparkling shiraz or Bells syrah in hand.

Brown Magpie Wines - Modewarre

You’ll find Brown Magpie Wines overlooking Mount Moriac, in the Surf Coast hinterlands just outside Geelong. The wines are handcrafted and wholly estate made, with grapes grown in the nine hectare vineyard. The boutique winery opens its cellar door seasonally for wine lovers to come in and taste the award-winning cool climate wines. Afterwards, enjoy a glass on the terrace and keep an eye out for the winery’s namesake rare brown magpie.

Dinny Goonan Wines - Bambra

Riesling and shiraz lovers won’t want to miss this one, these drops are what Dinny does best. The winery is part of the Otway Harvest Trail, a foodie pilgrimage which links the best food, wine and produce in the Otways. Call into the cellar door for a free wine tasting or sit out on the deck for lunch. They do a mean platter on weekends in the high season, packed with local cheeses and other goodies. Finish with a scenic stroll through the vineyard.

"Heroes" Vineyard - Murroon

Another stop on the Otway Harvest Trail, “Heroes” celebrates organic wines and sustainability. And yes – that name is a nod to David Bowie! The vines are unirrigated and organically grown with no synthetic pesticides. Wines are made with minimal intervention, resulting in premium cool climate wines. The cellar door is open on weekends from December to Easter and is kid and pooch friendly. Pick up a bottle of their zingy Deeds Not Words sparkling rosé, we think Bowie would approve.

Basalt Vineyard - Killarney

Discover a boutique vineyard on the Great Ocean Road, between Warrnambool and Port Fairy. Basalt’s organic and biodynamic wines are enriched by the region’s fertile volcanic soils. Visit the cellar door for wine tastings and tapas. Or stay for a seafood-studded long lunch, paired with award-winning riesling. While you linger over good wine and conversation in the cafe, the kids can kick the footy or experience farm life. They’ll adore meeting the babydoll sheep and roaming ducks and chickens.

Keayang Maar Vineyard - Dixie

Situated deep in dairy farming country, Keayang Maar is a family-run vineyard overlooking a dormant volcanic crater. Come for the bucolic views, stay for the gorgeous cool climate wines. The cellar door is open Wednesday to Sunday for wine tasting and pizzas. If you’re lucky you might even catch a gig. Keayang Maar is part of the 12 Apostles Food Artisans trail. If you have time, take a delicious detour to the other foodie hotspots on the map.

Suffoir Winery, Brewery and Distillery - MacArthur

This micro-winery has mastered the art of winemaking and so much more. Suffoir is a family-owned and run boutique winery, brewery, cidery and distillery near Budj Bim National Park. All their drops are produced on-site in small quantities, so every visit can be different. Head to the cellar door for a tasting and a cheese board. It’s sipper’s choice here, will it be a wine tasting, craft beer selection or a gin paddle?

Otway Estate Vineyard - Barongarook

The lush rainforest climate of the Otways offers the perfect conditions for grape growing, and those views are pretty spectacular too. This one is another crowd-pleaser with a winery, brewery, cidery and distillery onsite. Otway Estate swings open its cellar door on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Tour the vineyard and taste the handcrafted wines. Got someone in tow who prefers a pale ale? Otway Estate is also home to Prickly Moses Brewery.

Yeowarra Hill - Colac

Back on the Otway Harvest Trail, we’re landing in the romantic gardens of Yeowarra Hill. The beautifully manicured gardens overlook the rolling hills, lake and vines, with views all the way to the Otway Ranges. Yeowarra Hill is open by appointment only, but it’s worth planning ahead for an intimate tasting of their small batch pinot noir, chardonnay and vintage cuvee.

Blakes Estate Winery – Otways

In the foothills of the Otways, this Deans Marsh winery is doing magical things with pinot noir. Visit the cellar door on weekends November through June to try it for yourself. The grapes are hand pruned and picked, and wines are made with minimal intervention. In addition to the pinot, you can also sample a “Champagne style” sparkling wine from their pinot grapes and a rosé.

Tastes of the Region - Apollo Bay

You don’t have to go to a winery to sample the region’s best wines. Just drop into Tastes of the Region. This Apollo Bay tasting room and bottle shop does what it says on the tin, with tastings of all the best local drops. Load up on local jam, chutney and honey to take home, alongside a few bottles of course!

 

Ready to taste your way through the wines of the Great Ocean Road? Ensure you drink responsibly and have a designated driver. Cheers!

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