Heathcote (well, technically Colbinabbin) vineyard Ellis Wines is a family-owned businesss that first put down roots in 1999. The vineyards are located on Cambrian soil (red earth is good at retaining water), which allows Ellis Wines to produce premium grapes – specifically shiraz, merlot, viognier, moscato and cabernet. It's easy to taste the fine drops too, with the Ellis Wines cellar door located in the heart of Bendigo (only a short walk from the station).
Bendigo is the little engine that could, shaking off the doldrums of 2020 and proving Victoria can come back by opening a swathe of new venues. These aren't just any new venues either – some of the region's best food and wine is championed across these new drinking and dining locales. Recent openings also include Bendigo's first rooftop bar (with idyllic views of Bendigo's historic skyline) and a French-inspired pâtisserie.
Here are ten exciting new venues that have opened in Bendigo.