CUISINE Modern, multi-regional
WINE LIST John Harris (Wine) and Lynden Barnes (Beers, Spirits & Cocktails)
WINEs ON LIST 283 (27 by the glass)
WINE PRICES $$ ($24-$8 by the glass)
Well established in central Ballarat, this much-loved wine bar is the place where the locals go to hang out and enjoy good food with fascinating wine.
While it is a cellar door outlet, you are aware that Mitchell Harris wines are available rather than being thrust at you. By the glass, there’s a fresh manzanilla and a sake, five bubblies, heaps of wines from the Macedon Ranges, interesting choices from Germany, France and Italy, and four or five aged beauties under Coravin. There’s a diverse range of beers, a plethora of gins, plenty of dessert wines and a raft of fortifieds.
Until or unless you remember that John Harris has a formidable reputation as a sparkling winemaker, you might be surprised by the range of Champagnes and one of the best collections of sparkling wines in the country. These come from most parts of Victoria, the chill of Tasmania, New Zealand and England. And more.