Geelong

One of the advantages of visiting the historic Geelong wine region is many producers are dotted across the Bellarine Peninsula and Surf Coast/Otways or just inland along the Moorabool Valley. If you have a love of the sea and wine, combine both and start with our recommendations.  

Provenance

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5222 3422
provenancewines.com.au

Built in the 1870s, the heritage-listed former Fyansford Paper Mill industrial complex remains a testament to an extraordinary structure that once utilised the hydro-power of Buckley waterfalls on Barwon River to run the machinery. Today, it’s an arts and cultural precinct with a large space dedicated to Provenance wines. The impressive building, with its cathedral ceiling lined with timber, once housed a 30-metre paper making machine and is now Provenance’s working winery, cellar door and eatery.

Winemaker Scott Ireland with partner Jen Lilburn, and winemaker Sam Vogel, who has a share in the business, spent 18 months ensuring the space, with its 450 millimetre thick bluestone walls, would be both functional and beautiful. Step back into history and admire the place while enjoying the present with a glass of wine and simple but delicious antipasto or a charcuterie plate. JANE FAULKNER

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2015 Provenance Regional Series Geelong Pinot Noir, A$52

Scotchmans Hill
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5251 3176
scotchmans.com.au

Lethbridge Wines
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5281 7279
lethbridgewines.com

Jack Rabbit
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5251 2223
jackrabbitvineyard.com.au

Bannockburn Vineyards
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5281 1363
bannockburnvineyards.com

Oakdene
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (unique cellar door design)

(03) 5256 3886
oakdene.com.au

Minya Winery
our favourite place to stay

(03) 5264 1397
theminya.com.au