Rising to 600 metres, the Pyrenees wine region is quite cool climate in parts, cool enough for quality sparkling wine production. Indeed, virtually all wine bases are covered here, something that has great appeal for the many weekend wine warriors who descend on the area. Ballarat, also cool but with a less exhaustive wine history, is slowly making its mark. Here are our top cellar door picks.


Star Cellar Door

(03) 5467 2388

Rumours were rife during 2018 that David and Jenny Jones had sold their Dalwhinnie vineyard at Moonambel. There was no sale just some new business opportunities being explored. And it’s definitely business as usual at the winery and cellar door, which has presented some of the region’s most consistent quality wines across the board for more than 40 years led by a stylish shiraz, a beautifully fragrant cabernet sauvignon and a textural chardonnay.

David’s father, Ewan, established the vineyard that climbs up into the hills, 600-plus metres high, and the first wines were made in 1980, so there’s a lot of wine history there for David to call upon. A thoughtful and sensitive winemaker, David has learnt over the years by using a number of the best winemakers in the land as consultants, makers like Gary Farr, Don Lewis and Gary Baldwin. The view from the cellar door is worth bottling.  JENI PORT

OUTSTANDING WINE: Dalwhinnie Moonambel Chardonnay, A$45

Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort  

(03) 5467 2233

Eastern Peake

0408 059 454

Mitchell Harris Wines/Wine Bar
Cellar Door With BEST Food & Best Tasting Experience

(03) 5331 8931

Best Additional Experience (glamping; barbecue dinners; private wine tastings )

(03) 5459 7900

Summerfield Winery
our favourite places to stay

(03) 5467 2264

Blue Pyrenees Estate
our favourite places to stay

(03) 5465 1111