Wineries in Victoria

Discover all the highly reviewed wineries in Victoria. Learn the history of the vineyards, winemakers, their wine & the regions surrounding.

heathcote wineries

Smooshed between Bendigo in the west and Goulburn Valley in the east, lies the heart of Central Victoria, one of Victoria’s hidden gems, the Heathcote wine region. Heathcote Shiraz is a varietal unmatched by any other, bringing many wine lovers to the region. Although the region is known for producing excellent Shiraz, most winemakers experiment with different wines such as Sangiovese, Grenache and Tempranillo. The region is also known for producing white wines like Chardonnay and Riesling. From unique accommodation to excellent local produce, spectacular views and historical sites, Heathcote is a great place to unwind, relax and appreciate the beauty of Mother Nature.

Wine Regions Australia has the local knowledge that will make life easy for you when you get to the region, including; the Heathcote Wine Hub, the best Heathcote wine tastings and wine tours, plus the best Heathcote wineries. Sit back and relax as Wine Regions Australia you on tour through the Heathcote wine region.

We would like to give warning that since Covid, some wineries in Heathcote are still temporarily closed. Please call in advance to secure a table or tasting.

The Heathcote Wine Region

Heathcote was established in the 1850s shortly after gold was discovered in the area. Like all good things that must come to an end, the gold dried up, and miners turned to their small backyard vineyards as a means of income. The number of Heathcote wineries grew exponentially until the demise that most of Victoria lay victim to; the Phylloxera aphid. The disease wiped out most of the vineyards in Heathcote. The region, showing resilience, continued to develop, grow and mature now with over 40 wineries dispersed throughout the area!

Heathcote’s red wines are highly praised in Australia due to the region’s excellent soils and conditions. Most of Heathcote’s foundations consist of ancient Cambrian soils; these calcium-rich red soils consist of greenstone which has incredible water retention! The water is held in the ground year-round feeding the vines and keeping the grapes succulent and juicy, allowing for maturities and complexities to shine through the wine. 

Most vineyards rest on the slopes of the Mt. Camel Ranges, reaching an elevation of 380 metres above sea level. The altitude allows for cooler temperatures to govern the grapes, assisting the longevity of their vine life. Such intrinsic details piece together the personality of the wine region and give the Heathcote wineries their flair.  

Getting There

Heathcote is situated on the Northern Highway – 110 kilometres North of Melbourne and 40 kilometres South-East of Bendigo via the McIvor Highway. Heathcote is an easy 90-minute drive from Melbourne’s city centre or just a half an hour drive from Bendigo.

By Car

From Melbourne:

1. Via the Hume Highway

Once you are on the Hume Highway, proceed North past Craigieburn, take the Northern Highway exit at Beveridge and continue to the Northern Highway through Wallan, Kilmore and Tooborac to then arrive at Heathcote.

2. Via the Calder Highway

Exit Melbourne via the Tullamarine Freeway, connect to the Calder Freeway. Proceed north-west past Woodend, taking the second exit into the town of Kyneton and at the roundabout veer north and continue along the Kyneton-Heathcote Road passing through Barfold and Redesdale.

3. Scenic Route

Coming from Melbourne, head towards the Tullamarine airport. Proceed past the airport, following the signs to Sunbury. You will drive thru Bulla down a great big dip, crossing a narrow bridge on your way to Sunbury. Before Sunbury, there is a roundabout at the turn to Lancefield & Romsey, turn right and follow this road to the end through Romsey and Lancefield. It ends in Tooborac at the Northern Highway. Turn left and head towards Heathcote past the Tooborac Pub. After about 15 kilometres, you will reach Heathcote.

From Bendigo:

Via the McIvor Highway: Start on Williamson Street and proceed along the McIvor Highway for 46 kilometres until you reach Heathcote.

By Bus

Buses come and go daily from the Heathcote town centre taking you to Melbourne, Bendigo, Shepparton or beyond.

If you’re visiting Heathcote from Bendigo, why not enjoy the fresh air and ride a bike along the historic O’Keefe Trail. Locals recommend stopping by the Axedale Tavern for a refreshment!

Heathcote Wineries: The Top 6 Cellar Doors

We’ve put together a list of our favourite Heathcote wineries for you to explore. To capitalise on the surplus of quality vino, we suggest jumping on a few wine tastings in Heathcote. Heathcote wine tastings are a great way to figure out which wine you’d like to try more of or potentially take a few bottles home. 

Sanguine Estate

Established in 1997, the Hunter family worked weekends to develop the initial 16 acres of land that increased to 55 acres by 2002. Sanguine Estate comprises 50 acres of shiraz vines, with 5 acres of different varieties such as Chardonnay, Viognier, Merlot, Cab Sav, Petit Verdot, Tempranillo and Cabernet Franc.

A boutique vineyard focused on creating balanced, sophisticated and complex wine inspired by the Heathcote wine region. When visiting this winery, expect to be greeted by none other than one of the Hunter family members. Indulge in one of the best wine tastings in Heathcote. Taste Sanguine Estate’s finest on the patio that overlooks the gorgeous vineyard. 


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Silver Spoon Estate

Resurrected from the abandoned Silver Spoon Mine, comes a family-owned and operated Heathcote winery focusing on creating premium wines. Their vineyards date back to 2000, with 51 acres under vine. Seventeen kilometres north of Heathcote township this winery and cellar door is powered by solar panels and lithium-ion batteries making as little environmental impact as possible.

Silver Spoon Estate favours Shiraz taking 80% of production; the remaining 20% is claimed by Grenache, Viognier, Mourvedre and Tempranillo.  Around 50% of the vineyard’s grapes are sold to various winemakers throughout Victoria and Heathcote. The remaining 50% is used for the Silver Spoon label, producing traditional wines using only conventional hand picking techniques, pruning and low chemical intervention.

The friendly owners are sure to make you feel comfortable from the moment you arrive. The wines are impeccable, if you’re lucky, you can learn about Silver Spoon’s winemaking processes on one of the most informative wine tastings in Heathcote.


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Mia Valley Estate

Over 100 acres of land, overlooking the Mia Mia creek, Mia Valley Estate meanders across rich red soils dotting the land with green vines.

Mia Valley Estate’s philosophy tends to each vine individually, ensuring quality in every grape. The vines are hand pruned and picked, keeping their vines organic to create unique wines, full of flavour. Mia’s Estate is known for its prominent Heathcote Shiraz production, with its first wines produced in 2002. However, 1/4 of their vines are home to Cabernet Sauvignon grapes.

When grape picking season comes around, family and friends are invited to the estate to handpicked the fruit. It’s a cherished experience verging on tradition, where the community can indulge in a delicious lunch and sample the previous vintages. 

Wine Regions Australia recommends the 2010 Heathcote Shiraz with “A fresh cherry palate with floral bouquet, medium-bodied wine, infused with subtle oak characters & soft tannins, easy drinking”.


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Munari Wines

Munari Wines is a family-owned Heathcote winery founded in 1993, just 11 kilometres North of Heathcote at the base of Mt Ida.

Adrian Munari has a passion for wine and has often proclaimed “Understand your site, its soil profile, seasonal climate variation, and thus grow the most appropriate varieties. Don’t be restricted by the past, complement old winemaking principles with the innovative techniques developed in the new world for quality control. Doing so allows room for experimentation and adventure in the attaining of superior expression in the ‘terroir’ of your bottle.”

Originating from just a single Heathcote Shiraz blend, 25 years later the winery has an internationally recognised profile. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Malbec have now accompanied the Heathcote Shiraz.

Once a sheep station equipped with 1000 acres and an old stable now a converted cellar door offering unique wine tastings whilst looking at the stunning vineyard and beyond. 

Visitors are invited to explore the beautiful winery for an informative wine tasting of Heathcotes finest or a BYO picnic. You’re encouraged to grab a bottle or two of wine and lounge on the lawn, whilst enjoying the fruits of the winemaker’s labour.


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McIvor Estate

Once a grazing land in the Southern end of the Heathcote wine region is now a stunning, thriving vineyard and olive grove known as McIvor Estate. Overlooking large ashen boulders and rolling hills, this winery is known for its award-winning wines and diversity with the oldest plantings of Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, and Marsanne in Heathcote.

The vineyard and olive grove have drawn their inspiration from a traditional Italian farm, honouring the winemaker’s rich Italian heritage. Hand pruning, picking and old-school fermentation methods ensure that only the highest quality grapes make it into the wines. The grapes are carefully aged in various oak barrels for 12 to 18 months, to ensure the wine is full-bodied and highly aromatic. 


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Things to do and Places to Stay

Understandably, after a couple of days touring wineries, you may want to shake things up a bit. We’ve comprised a list of interesting activities that you can check out while you’re in the area. 

History and Sight Seeing 

Heathcote has a rich history, with plenty to learn and discover when you’ve finished visiting the Heathcote wineries.  High Street is where you’ll find some charming heritage-listed buildings such as the former courthouse, shire council chambers and town hall. Walking a little further into town, you’ll discover Herriot Street where you can visit the Camp Hill Historic Precinct, including the old gaol built in 1859.

Heathcote sits at the bottom of Mount Ida and is surrounded by stunning parklands for you to explore. Many tracks for hiking and cycling and dozens of sights to see lay vulnerable to your command. 

Heathcote Wine and Food Festival

Heathcote is also known for events and festivals that showcase the incredible (and delicious) products that the surrounding community bring to the plate. ‘Heathcote On Show’ is held each long weekend in June, where winemakers, chefs, brewers and musicians welcome you to Heathcote. In October, the ‘Heathcote Wine and Food Festival’ showcases wines from over 40 talented producers. Meet the winemakers and indulge in regional foods and local produce.

Great Places to Stay

If you want to explore more than one or two wineries, we recommend making a holiday out of your visit. The Heathcote Inn is a popular place to stay, offering country accommodation surrounded by stunning countryside with plenty of local produce at their doorstep. The Mimosa Glen is a Victorian cottage, built in 1880. The quaint cottage offers beautiful country-style accommodation with stunning gardens to explore. 

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The picturesque King Valley is located at the base of the Alpine National Park in Victoria, which is surrounded by mountains, rivers and numerous King Valley wineries. From an extraordinary gourmet experience at the Milawa Gourmet Region to stunning waterfalls and mountain ranges in the upper King Valley. The King Valley is a must-visit for wine and food lovers. Pulling similarities from Northern Italy, a few wineries have integrated this into their wines and food.

The vineyards are found on the fertile slopes that rise above the King River – they are home to a great variety of wines. The King Valley Prosecco Road is a food and wine trail that visitors can explore, meet the winemakers, and taste everything the region offers (including the impeccable Italian cuisine).

Allow Wine Regions Australia to guide you through the rich countryside. We’ll show you some of the best wineries in King Valley alongside some stunning King Valley winery accommodation.

How To Get There

Driving: The Hume Freeway, the Maroondah and Midland Highways, and the Great Alpine Road will lead you to the King Valley Wineries. The drive from Melbourne is 3 or 4 hours, depending on traffic. All roads leading to the region offer spectacular views.

Flying: Albury Airport facilitates daily flights between Melbourne, Canberra, Sydney and Brisbane. All major rental car agencies are based at the airport. Wangaratta railway station is on the main Sydney-Melbourne rail link.

King Valley winery tours are the best way to see the region, have someone chauffeur you around the traps; you wouldn’t want to miss any details or local gems.

Our Top Picks Of King Valley Wineries

The King Valley is known for its cool climate wines and European style varieties. Many cellar doors in the valley are open seven days. Most of the King Valley vineyards have their own exceptional restaurants with distinct Italian flavours.

The region is remarkable for its imaginative use of various grape varieties by winemakers who recognised the regions cool-climate potential long ago.

Brown Brothers

Brown Brothers is one of Australia’s leading family-owned wineries. John Francis Brown planted 10 acres of mostly Riesling, Muscat and Shiraz grapevines in Milawa, Victoria in 1885. In 1889, the first vintage of wine was produced in the Old Barn, which still stands on the property today.

With four generations of winemaking experience, the Brown family are known for producing some of Australia’s most innovative, hand-crafted wine. Located in the King Valley, the Milawa Vineyard is the birthplace of the Brown Brothers company. 

Thousands of tonnes of grapes are crushed each vintage. The stunning Victorian Alps stand proud and elegant when looking out from this famous winery. Brown Brothers offer a unique experience from the moment you walk in the door. Their extensive lists of unique wines are definitely something to try when visiting King Valley Wineries.

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Dal Zotto Wines

Each Dal Zotto wine is a blend of three elements – family, tradition and innovation.

The Dal Zotto philosophy begins with the most important thing – family. The founding family originated in rural Italy before relocating to the King Valley.

This winery is home to delicious food, great wines, friendly service – all in an idyllic location. This family-owned winery will treat you as one of their own from the moment you walk in, pull up a seat at their big family table, as you discover the winery and all of the history behind it. Indulge in innovative wine, fantastic food, spending your afternoon listening to their stories.

Want to find out about a King Valley wine tour? We’ll show you the ones that are the best bang for your buck!

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Pizzini Winery, King Valley

In 1978, Alfredo and Katrina Pizzini built a winery based on their passion and dedication to family and the Pizzini family legacy. It was this year that the first grapes were planted and 16 years later in 1994, when their first wine was produced. Today their four now adult children – Natalie, Joel, Carlo and Nicole work in the winery with their hard-working, determined parents. And together, they keep the Pizzini Wines dream alive.

In 1996, Alfredo and Katrina began selling their wines at the cellar door – a converted tobacco drying kiln on the property. To attract more customers to their winery, the Pizzini’s invested in 3 different hospitality businesses in 1995. The first was a little restaurant in Oxley; the second was the Mountain View Hotel in Whitfield. Daughter Natalie and Alfredo’s nephew, Adam Pizzini, took the reigns and turned Mountain View into the award-winning country hotel it is today. And lastly, they renovated a cottage on their vineyard and turned it into self-contained accommodation.

These businesses helped shape Pizzini Wines in the King Valley into the winery it is today, with the family still running the Mountain View Hotel in Whitfield. Cooking classes available at the cellar door, lovely and attentive staff, excellent wines and great food are what you’ll get to experience when visiting this winery.

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La Cantina

In 1980, Gino – founder of La Cantina, worked with his son Peter on their farm in the King Valley. The estate was formerly a tobacco farm, but Peter and Gino also had an interest in growing grapes – it was in this year they planted numerous vines and sold their grapes to Brown Brothers of Milawa. Gino kept some grapes for himself to make wine for family and friends. These wines were made the traditional way, with no filtration and no added preservatives, just the way nonna likes it.

Over the next few years, the amount of tobacco grown on the farm lessened, and the grapevines slowly took over. In 1992, Gino’s daughter insisted that her dad’s wine were served at her wedding. Here, everyone got to experience high-quality wine and started asking where they could purchase Gino’s wine.

It was in 1993 that they decided to no longer grow tobacco. Wine sales started increasing, and in 1997, Gino and his wife Carmel built a traditional Tuscan style cellar door. The winery continues to expand each year, and it is still a family-owned winery that continues to be passed down through generations. Known for its excellent wine, service and old fashion Italian food – this winery should undoubtedly be on your hit list!

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Wood Park Wines

A winery established in 1989 by John Stokes and his family. Wood Park Wines is all about using traditional combined with modern techniques, with plenty of hands-on approaches and wild yeast used to create unique wines.

In 2002, Wood Park’s cellar door opened at the Milawa Cheese Factory. It has been flourishing ever since, constantly bringing in locals and tourists from around the world. At their cellar door, you’re invited to explore their range of cool-climate inspired wines and a relaxed setting.

Wood Park Wines has a reputation for producing award-winning, hand-crafted wines in various styles; sparking, whites, reds, and sweet/fortified wines – all on offer using environmentally friendly and minimal chemical production techniques.

Why not explore Wood Park Wines and the rest of the King Valley on a wine tour? Treat yourself.

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Politini Wines

Salvatore Politini watched his father work in a Sicilian winery when he was younger. Today, 60 years later, Salvatore has brought a slice of Sicily to the King Valley – through his hand-crafted, cool-climate wines. Politini Wines is a family-owned boutique winery specialising in Italian varieties. You can experience and indulge in premium-quality wines, including the unique Sicilian heritage Grecanico and Nero d’Avola at the cellar door. There are Sicilian cooking classes on offer and excellent self-contained accommodation if you’ve had one too many.

The wine Politini produces include – Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz. Italian varietals – Sangiovese, Pinot Grigio, Vermentino, Rosé, King Valley Prosecco, and Sicilian heritage varieties – Nero d’Avola and Grecanico.

If you’re looking for some King Valley winery accommodation, go ahead and stay at the beautiful country home at Politini Wines. 

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King River Estate

Located in the picturesque King Valley, King River Estate was founded in 1990, when the first grapes were planted on the property. The vineyard is right next to the King River and under a small mountain.

There is minimal intervention used in the winemaking process, such as using wild yeast to assist in their natural fermentation processes; this is said to create a complex range of wines.

Using a traditional yet innovative approach to winemaking, the King River Estate’s philosophy is based on some of the “old world” techniques. The wines are made naturally, and the grapes are left to interact with wild yeasts, allowing for a natural fermentation giving complexities and soft & textural wines. King River Estate produces outstanding wines using biodynamic viticultural practices and minimal intervention. 

There is local produce to indulge in whilst visiting their cellar door. Wood-fired pizzas are available on weekends, which compliments a glass of the motherland with utter perfection.

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Things to do in the King Valley

  • Explore the Alpine National Park, picturesque valleys, stunning lakes and waterfalls in the King Valley.
  • Cycle through various wineries and sample new vintages or collect fresh local produce, discover stunning landscapes, national parks or spend the day fishing at the numerous rivers and lakes.
  • Many local businesses in the region offer camping and outdoor equipment, and there are stunning spots to set up camp and make a holiday out of your time in the valley.
  • King Valley Prosecco is famous around the world. Jump on the King Valley Prosecco Road food and wine trail to indulge in some fine Italian cuisine, delicious Italian sparkling wine, and a little comradery with the winemakers.
  • There are plenty of outdoor activities on offer – white-water rafting, four-wheel driving, hiking the mountains and valleys, mountain bike riding, horse riding tours, and so much more.

There is so much to do in the King Valley – it would be a travesty to miss it off your list of places to visit!

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Rutherglen is a small town in North East Victoria, located on the banks of The Murray River, just three hours out of Melbourne City (provided there is no holiday hell traffic).

The Rutherglen wine region is one of Victoria’s ultimate food and wine destinations. There are over 20 award-winning wineries in Rutherglen, alongside heaps of exceptional restaurants, cafes, and fabulous local produce farms. Rutherglen is also home to some of the most picturesque camping, fishing, cycling, swimming, and boating spots in the state.

If you wear ripped tight jeans, listen to The Rolling Stones, and solely eat sourdough and avocado, then there are endless farmer’s markets, art exhibitions, and live gigs to check out around town! But let’s be serious, it sounds like you’re on the hunt for some great wine.  Here is what you need to know.

The Rutherglen Wine Region and History

Rutherglen was originally named Wahgunyah Rush; the bet was laid upon John Wallace, owner of the Star Hotel, that he could rename the town to Rutherglen after his birthplace in Scotland, if he shouted them drinks for the night; to which he replied in a thick Scottish accent “right you are!”

The foundation of Rutherglen’s origin is gold. Pioneered by money-hungry settlers in the 1850s, this town soon had a couple of churches, a school, and a post office; what more do you need? But something was missing…
When the gold rush ended, the town started to focus on agriculture and viticulture, trades that were a little bit more sustainable. Many families that once were miners planted vines on their land; that’s why the vineyard quantity to landmass is so high with over 20 wineries all in close range.

The Rutherglen wine region draws its flavour and nutrients from the Murray River. The Murry runs for 2,500 kilometres; collecting sediments and minerals along the way. The nutrients are then deposited into the nearby vineyards giving the Rutherglen wine region a distinct, complex personality. The soil is predominantly “Black Dog Fine Sandy Loam” and medium-heavy clay, which is quite often associated with mining gold.

The climate is cool at night and warm during the day. The even temperatures help a broad range of grape varieties ripen to their maximum potential, reaching peak flavours for which Rutherglen is so famously known.

Though the region produces many different grape varietals; Shiraz, Durif, Muscat and Tokay are the top sellers. These grape varieties thrive in the climate and the area has gone on to become one of the essential fortified wine-producing regions in Victoria.

The rich history and soils all calculate why Rutherglen wineries are some of the best in Australia.

How To Get Rutherglen Wineries

By Car: From Melbourne Approximately a three-hour drive from Melbourne. Take the Hume Highway North and exit at Springhurst for the final 15km stretch to the Rutherglen Wineries.

From Sydney: Approximately a six-hour drive from Sydney. Take the Hume Highway south exiting at the Murray Valley Highway overpass. Follow the Murray Valley Highway for approximately 30km directly into Rutherglen.

From Canberra: Approximately a four-hour drive from Canberra. Take the Barton Highway north, exiting onto the southbound lanes of the Hume Highway. Remain on the Hume Highway, exiting at the Murray Valley Highway overpass. Follow the Murray Valley Highway for approximately 25kms into Rutherglen.

By Air: The nearest airport is in Albury with flights daily from Melbourne & Sydney. Taxis and car rental companies operate from Albury Airport. Rutherglen is just an easy 30-minute drive away.

By Train: V-Line operates multiple services from Melbourne daily. With coach transfers to Rutherglen available from Wangaratta.

For New South Wales visitors, the XPT services Sydney to Albury multiple times daily. Coach services are available from Albury to Rutherglen.

For the most practical way to see the region why not book a Rutherglen winery tour?

7 Highly Reviewed Wineries to Visit

So now you know a bit about the region, the history, and the wine; you can enjoy our top 7 picks for Rutherglen wineries you gotta’ visit. May this guide you into a killer weekend of a wine trip. 

Chambers Rosewood Winery

Chambers Rosewood Winery is a laid-back, family-owned winery, first established by William Chambers in 1858. the Chambers family has been making wine at Rosewood for over six generations; that’s a whole lot of history and experience.

While Bill Chambers is often found at the cellar door on the weekends, it is his son Stephen who runs the winery after taking up the operation in 2001. This winery is home to some of Rutherglen’s finest vintages. If you’re after a down to earth, family-owned, affordable winery – Chambers Rosewood Winery should be on your list. The staff are friendly, very informative, and are always willing to give you insight into the history of the winery.

4.8 ⭐️ Google Review from 39 reviews
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Scion Wine

A hidden gem established in 2002, Scion Vineyard & Winery is located in the heart of Rutherglen. They are producers of artisan wines, handcrafted from vine to bottle. With views overlooking the countryside, there are 8 acres of vines, producing high-quality wine.

Rowly Milhinch is the owner and winemaker at Scion. Ten years, two small vineyard sites, a winery and cellar door later, Rowly’s winemaking style has evolved through inspiration from France and food. All about sustainability, they use solar power to run their winery and cellar door. And a small cluster of beehives enhancing biodiversity on their farm.

If you’re slightly overwhelmed by the possibility that you may miss out on some fantastic wineries simply because there is not enough time in a day to see them all, then check out some Rutherglen winery accommodation!

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 Morris Wines

One of the world’s finest fortified wineries, Morris Wines is one of the iconic Rutherglen wineries with over 150 years of history. Today, David Morris continues the family’s winemaking history of combining tradition with contemporary techniques.

Friendly staff, fantastic wine and a history lesson all found in one winery. Morris wines should definitely be on your list of wineries to visit in Rutherglen. You can thank us later.

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Stanton & Killeen Wines

Seven generations and 143 years old, Their vineyards produce outstanding fruit from 90-year-old Shiraz vines. Stanton & Killeen Wines cover over 30 acres of fertile land in the region of Rutherglen. Head to their cellar door to try exclusive, unique wines that are only available to try and purchase at the winery itself. While visiting their cellar door, you can hear all about their history, 143 years of it to be exact! The staff are super friendly, there are great wines to sample, and there is an overall great atmosphere at Stanton & Killeen Wines.

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Campbells Wines

Over 146 years of experience in Rutherglen, Campbells Wines are all about passion and producing modern, characteristic wines. With five generations of dedication, this family-owned winery work extremely hard to keep the dream alive. They have a hands-on approach and an uncompromised commitment to the quality of their wines. Enjoy a tasting at the cellar door, and indulge in a cheese & charcuterie platter to highlight the wines.

Jump on a Rutherglen winery tour to experience the full potential of your weekend away!

4.6 ⭐️ Google Rating from 66 reviews
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 Warrabilla Wines

Warrabilla Wines began in 1991, and it’s run by Andrew Sutherland Smith and his wife, Carol. The pair have established a reputation in the region for producing world-class wine. There is an extensive list of wine to taste(in particular, reds). If you love your red wine, then Warrabilla is for you. They have an impressive list of full-bodied reds, all waiting for you to taste and experience the flavours. The cellar door is a quick 12-minute drive from Rutherglen township.

Want to have more than a few vinos? Pick from the long list of luxury Rutherglen accommodation and turn your wine trip into a wine holiday!

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 7. Cofield Wines

Cofield Wines is a boutique winery in the heart of the Rutherglen wine region. Cofield specialises in Sparkling, White, Red and Fortified Wines. BYO picnic or make use of the BBQ facilities on their luscious lawn area. Kids are more than welcome, with numerous areas for them to play. Cofield Wines is known for its exceptional wine at affordable prices. They have an award-winning sparkling shiraz, definitely worth trying if you’re visiting this great winery. Next door is the Pickled Sister Cafe for you to experience if you didn’t pack a picnic.

Cofield stands out from the rest as they are one of the few wineries to offer ‘Grapevine Glamping’. Book a one or two-night stay at this awesome Rutherglen accommodation and indulge in a bottle of Cofield Wine on arrival, board games, a mini-bar, a fire-pit with marshmallows and a dinner hamper or platter.

Why not experience Cofield Wines on an informative, humorous, and uniquely catered Rutherglen winery tour? That way you can have more than a few tasters.

4.7 ⭐️ Google Rating from 77 reviews
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 Things To Do In Rutherglen

There comes a time where wine starts to taste like sour grapes and each vintage blends into the next. If you need a day off from the vino, there are a plethora of activities to partake in.

The main street has been preserved in its natural 1860s saloon, gun slingen’, western charm. There are a ton of small produce shops, gift shops, bistros, cafes and galleries you can frolic around visiting.

Check out the Arts Rutherglen Sculpture Trail or hire some bikes at the information centre and cycle along the banks of the Murry. Indulge in the local produce on offer, explore the luscious gardens, or set up camp at one of the peaceful, scenic spots.
Check out a bunch of cool restaurants we’ve found for you – Rutherglen Restaurants Victoria

There’s so much more to see than just the fantastic Rutherglen vineyards; you won’t want to leave.

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mornington peninsula wineries

The Mornington Peninsula is located to the southeast of Melbourne, Victoria. With an abundance of natural attractions, beaches, coastal sights, and, the abundance of Mornington Peninsula wineries, this region draws Melbournites in like moths to a flame, so it’s handy to know the best wineries so you don’t get stuck visiting the ‘overgrown’ locations.

Its lush fertile valleys and mild climate creates the ideal environment for vineyards. The region has a deep history of winemaking, stretching back to the late 19th century. As one of the leading regional tourism locations in Australia, the Mornington Peninsula region contributes over $1.2 billion in Australia’s tourism revenue.

We’re going to show you a whole bunch of Mornington Peninsula wineries and cellar doors worth chucking on your road trip hitlist. See below for a bit of juice on the history, some insight on how to get there, or ride on through to the winery suggestions.

Mornington Peninsula Wine History

Today the Mornington Peninsula has established itself as a key Australian region for winemaking. One of the earliest mentions of the region’s winemaking comes from the Intercontinental Exhibition in London where the 1886 Dromana wine won an honourable mention. However, during the 1920s many Mornington Peninsula fell into disrepair from the 1920s onwards due to increasing competition from South Australia and British imports. Since the 1970s, the Mornington Peninsula experienced a significant winemaking boom, establishing itself not only as a tourist haven but also as a premier winemaking region of Australia and the world.

The most common types of wine produced on the Mornington Peninsula are Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, since these are most suited for the cool maritime climate. Driving through the rolling hills and sheltered valleys where the Peninsula vineyards are located can feel like you’re in France or Italy.

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How To Get There

The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour’s driving southeast of Melbourne. The easiest and fastest way to get there by car is to take the M1 and join the Eastlink tollway. By following the signage on the Mornington Peninsula Freeway you’ll be in the heart of Mornington Peninsula winemaking before you know it.

If you’d prefer to take public transport, all of Mornington Peninsula’s villages have local buses that pass through them. On weekdays, the buses depart every day 45 minutes from Frankston. Trains from Melbourne usually reach Frankston in 20 minutes or so.

If you’re on the Bellarine Peninsula or near Geelong, you can take the Searoad Ferries Queenscliff Sorrento

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Mornington Peninsula Wineries

Mornington Peninsula is blessed with an abundance of wineries, which can make it hard to decide which one to visit first. To make things a little easier for you, here are some of our favourite Mornington Peninsula wineries. All of these wineries are surrounded by beautiful scenery and offer unique and enjoyable experiences. So let’s take a look.

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Scattered throughout the countryside of Mornington Peninsula, six separate vineyards lay bearing a bountiful yield that contributes to the bottled goodness that is ‘Ten Minutes by Tractor’. The cellar door is at the centre of it all, offering a gateway to all vintages for the taking. 

The cellar door experience is intricate, and it’s apparent no detail was spared. The bar top is the first thing you see as you walk in – it has been crafted from a sunset palette of coloured bricks that represents the soil foundations of Mornington Peninsula. The appreciation for the region transcends through the architecture and, of course, the wine, food, and service.

If you’re lucky enough to witness the private tasting room, you’ll get to taste the menu whilst surveying a 3D map of the region carved from wood and encased in a board room style banquet table. As the tasting professor moves from wine to wine, they map out which of the 6 vineyards you are sampling from. 

The food is high-end, and if you’re looking for decadence, let your wine trip orbit Ten Minutes by Tractor. There were flavour matchings we’d never seen before, it was a shame that the restaurant was closed when we were there, but the smell that wafted through the courtyard from the chefs prepping was salivating. 

We’d throw this little number at the top of the best wineries in the Mornington Peninsula list. 100 % worth a trip whether you’re coming from Vic, Sydney or Kathmandu. 

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Quealy Winemakers

Quealy Cellar Door transports you into the heart of the winery. After arriving on the Mornington Peninsula in 1988, Kathleen and Kevin started to cultivate and sourced single vineyard Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir from some of the oldest wine areas on the Peninsula. A focus on an Italian winemaking tradition has inspired unique wine production including Friulano, Secco Splendido and Pobblebonk.

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Port Phillip Estate

As you veer into Port Phillip Estate, the establishment rests like a concrete sleeping giant camouflaged into the landscape. The architecture is a conceptual piece of art in itself and it sets the tone for the sensory overload of an adventure on which you’re about to embark. 

Dishes like the Wood roasted line-caught fish, braised celery, freekeh, pickled Dromana Bay mussels and the Central Victorian duck, beetroot sauerkraut, pickled Estate blackberries were captivating and plated beautifully – undiminishing of the spectacular views that you are blessed with as you graze.

The gentlemen facilitating our tasting was knowledgeable and generous with his pours (no one likes an accurate line pour) and we couldn’t help but purchase three bottles of our favourite samples. The 2021 Pinot noir Nouveau was a highlight (yes, pinot takes the cake once again). We got bumps of bubble gum – a great reflection of the progressive winemaking efforts the region displays. 

For worthy Mornington Peninsula wineries, this one certainly makes our list of vineyards to visit. You can’t help but feel a little fancy just dining there. 

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Polperro Winery

Polperro Winery is nestled amongst 25 acres of vines in the heart of Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. Polperro Winery has established a reputation for top quality wines and delicious food by offering boutique, luxury villa-style accommodation, cellar door, and restaurant experiences. Open for lunch and dinner, the sun-drenched dining room and restaurant offer stunning views over the vines.

The tasting room is moody. Low lighting, aged bottles of wine and leather wine menus decorate the room. Chief winemaker Sam Coverdale took us through the extensive tasting menu that captured the newer vintages from Polperro. The 2020 Pinot noir was a highlight with foresty pepper and a unique natural acidity blended by pinot grapes harvested from all five vineyards. 

Team food and team wine work in unison to create a harmonious culinary experience that reflects the hard work and dedication required to run a beast as intricate as Polperro. 

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Panton Vineyard

Panton Vineyard is a family-owned and boutique vineyard located in Shoreham on the Mornington Peninsula. Established in 1995, this family-run winery with a northeast aspect produces high-quality Rose, Sangiovese, Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir. This single estate winery produces premium wine grapes that are sourced by other local wineries including Tucks Ridge, T’Gallant, Quealy wines, Stonier and Balnarring Vineyard.

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T’Gallant Cellar Door

T’Gallant Cellar Door located in Main Ridge Mornington Peninsula has been inspired by Italy. With a large piazza overlooking the vineyard, you can taste wines as you enjoy wood-fired pizza and the classic provincial Italian style dishes. Established in 1990 with two vineyards planted with Pinot Grigio, the distinctive differences between them encouraged further exploration of Italian and French winemaking methods. T’Gallant Pinot Grigio has a style typical of northern Italy with a rich, luscious character, while T’Gallant Pinot Gris is influenced by Alsace in France and Friuli in Italy.

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Crittenden Estate

Crittenden Estate Wine Centre is a vineyard, winery, and wine centre all in one located in Dromana on the Mornington Peninsula. Established in 1982, Crittenden Estate is a family run business that focuses on producing high-quality cool climate wines. With over 25 different wine styles to taste, you’ll enjoy exploring Italian and Spanish style influences. Their seated wine educational tastings led by their knowledgeable staff make this venue a must-visit for new and experienced wine aficionados.

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Winery Tours in Mornington Peninsula

Another option for those after a hassle-free and enjoyable visit to the Mornington Peninsula is to book a winery tour. We suggest you investigate the following winery tours:

Things To Do In Mornington Peninsula

While you’re travelling around the Mornington Peninsula wine region, it’s a great opportunity to explore other highlights. We suggest the following venues are well worth a visit.
Peninsula Hot Springs based on the Mornington Peninsula is set amongst rolling sand dunes and coastal bushland. This award-winning geothermal hot spring offers a variety of hot springs, day spa, dining and wellness packages.
Arthurs Seat Eagle is a gondola-style cable car that passes high over Arthur’s Seat State Park. Featuring scenic views across the crystal blue water of Port Phillip Bay towards Melbourne’s skyline you’ll gain an appreciation of how fabulous this region is.
Enchanted Adventure Garden is also located at Arthur’s Seat and offers experiences including tree surfing, canopy tree walks, zip lining and adventure mazes.

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