Heathcote

When the wine producers of Heathcote were deciding their regional boundary they deliberately went large, creating an area that falls neatly – and generously – into a north, a centre and a south. The Mount Camel range runs the length of the region and is a constant reference point for wine visitors on tour. Bendigo centres largely around the Castlemaine, Harcourt, Maldon and Bendigo townships.

Chalmers

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5433 2409
chalmers.com.au

Last year, the Heathcote wine region received a major winery tourism injection with the arrival of a cellar door in the Heathcote township run by one of Australia’s most adventurous wine families, the Chalmers.

The family and their brand offer a brave new wine future for Australian wine drinkers, a kind of diversity in the glass, where European indigenous grapes vermentino, greco, fiano, nero d’Avola, aglianico and many more reside. Open your mind and your tastebuds to a new adventure, the rewards are many. The new cellar door is in residence on the first floor of the Heathcote Inn and a $5 tasting fee applies for a tasting of 11 wines. A range of premium wines will be open during each month and winemaker dinners are in the pipeline. Downstairs, the Heathcote Inn restaurant offers a post-tasting break before continuing on the Heathcote wine route. JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE:  2018 Chalmers Nero d’Avola, A$27

Sanguine Estate
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5433 3111
sanguinewines.com.au

Tellurian
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0431 004 766
tellurianwines.com.au

Balgownie Estate
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5449 6222
balgownieestatewines.com.au

Vinea Marson
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0430 312 165
vineamarson.com

Sutton Grange Winery
Best Additional Experience (concerts; Shakespeare in the Vines)

(03) 8672 1478
suttongrange.com.au

Heathcote Inn
our favourite places to stay

(03) 5433 2409
heathcoteinn.com.au

The Cellars at Heathcote II
our favourite places to stay

(03) 5433 6292
thecellars.heathcote2.com