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). Its new cellar door is a relatively recent addition to the vineyard, and one worth waiting for. Come prepared with questions, because the team here aren’t wet-behind-the-ears scallywags – they really know their wine. And if you let them know what you like they might even bring out something special for you to try.
Melbourne, we know you have a love affair with the Mornington Peninsula, and it's warranted. But this story isn't about the wineries out east. We think it's about time the city tasted the great drops being created on the Bellarine. The Bellarine Peninsula has been producing wine since the 1980s, and frankly we think it's about time the rest of the world knew about it. Whether you're new to wine, pushed for time or really know your pinots from your cab savs, there's something on the Peninsula' for you.
Skip the bottleneck of cars leaving Melbourne and travel to the Bellarine Peninsula via Port Phillip Ferries. The private ferry service travels between Docklands and Portarlington seven days a week, with return fares starting at $29 for adults.
Need more holiday inspo? Keep trekking west and try out the Great Ocean Walk. Or head inland and check out Victoria's High Country.