Geelong and Bellarine

During the 1800s, the Geelong region had a large wine industry that competed with Rutherglen for prominence. But when the devastating phylloxera disease hit, all the vines were pulled out. Today, Geelong is a re-emerging district and two of its highly regarded labels are found at Bannockburn. The 30-year-old Bannockburn Vineyards and the combined By Farr and Farr Rising, run by a father and son team, produce shiraz, pinot noir and chardonnay of serious quality. While neither have a cellar door, look out for the wines on local menus or head to Bannockburn Cellars (150 Pakington St, Geelong West, (03) 5229 5358). Scotchmans Hill (190 Scotchmans Rd, Drysdale, (03) 5251 3176) is a large winery and cellar-door complex on the Bellarine Peninsula with views over Port Phillip to Melbourne. The region’s other mustvisit vineyard is Pettavel (65 Pettavel Rd, Waurn Ponds, (03) 5266 1120).

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