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Jack Rabbit Vineyard

Bars, Wineries Portarlington
Jack Rabbit Vineyard
Photograph: Trevor Cooke
Jack Rabbit
Photograph: Michele Froidevaux
Jack Rabbit
Photograph: Michele Froidevaux

Time Out says

Look out for the rabbit ears: that’s when you know you’ve found this Bellarine Peninsula gem

If there were an award for the best view in the Bellarine Peninsula, the view from Jack Rabbit Vineyard would probably be the victor. Best of all, you can enjoy it with a glass of wine in hand and some excellent food to chase.

Soak in the breathtaking views across the bay to Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne as you sip standouts such as sparkling blanc de blanc, riesling and a devilishly sweet frizzante at Jack Rabbit’s cellar door. The pinot grigio is the king at this winery; expect to be walking out the door with a bottle.

After a tasting, there are two dining options: the House of Jack Rabbit café or the Jack Rabbit restaurant. The House of Jack Rabbit serves up more casual pub fare including Flying Brick Cider-battered flathead, Bellarine beef Korean salad, or a Middle Eastern-inspired lamb pie. Over at the formal restaurant, you can take your pick from Bellarine beef eye fillet, pumpkin and semolina gnocchi or some Western Plains pork loin. The flavours are fresh, the meals are hearty, and while it can get busy on weekends, the staff are very friendly and manage to find a way to offer a pleasant experience even when there are hordes.

Pro tip: If you’re without a designated driver (or would rather not spend half the day driving) we suggest heading down to the coast with Port Phillip FerriesThe ferry travels daily between Melbourne and Portarlington and they offer various experiences in partnership with wineries and other top attractions across the Bellarine.


Address: 85 McAdams Lane
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-5pm; Fri, Sat 10am-5pm & 6-11pm
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