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One of the Bellarine's oldest wineries has some of the best views – and tastiest drops – on the peninsula
It’s hard to imagine the Bellarine wine industry without Scotchmans Hill, as the vineyard is one of the biggest and oldest on the peninsula (it was established in 1982). What started as a single stainless-steel tank and five barrels has grown into an operation spanning 1000 barrels, 600 tonnes of fruit and an 8000-cubic-metre barrel hall.
Its new cellar door, however, is a relatively recent addition to the vineyard, and one worth waiting for. You’ll have to drive up a hill, through the estate’s vineyards to reach the cellar door, a French provincial-style building with a large open courtyard and some not-too-shabby views.
Inside the cellar door is warm and inviting – no doubt the large central fireplace and healthy number of lounges has something to do with it. It’s too easy to curl up by the window with a glass of Scotchmans finest, but if you’re serious about your wine, book in for a proper wine tasting. If you let staff know what you like they might even bring out something special for you to try. Come prepared with questions, because the team here aren’t wet-behind-the-ears scallywags – they really know their wine.
As wine tends to invite an appetite, Scotchmans’ new cellar door also offer light meals and platters to nibble with your new favourite tipple. It’s a concise menu, but it’s packed with local produce and some truly spectacular goat’s cheese courtesy of Drysdale Goat Cheese.
Scotchmans Hill cellar door is open daily, with booking recommended for groups larger than ten.