posted on 20 Oct 21 | by Explore Bendigo

It's time to explore the Bendigo and Heathcote Wine Regions...

Did you know, historical records noting the planting of vines go back as far as 1855 in the Bendigo region? Oh yeah, it’s in our blood. That’s more than 160 years of experience and passion for wine, and why Bendigo and Heathcote have such a great reputation for making awesome wine.

While Shiraz is perhaps the most common and well know grape and wine produced in the region, other varieties are proving to be just as successful and gaining popularity. But there’s no better way to find this out for yourself than to get out and try our award-winning drops for yourself. So, find yourself a designated driver or join a tour, and enjoy a great range of winery experiences throughout the region. Check out our tried and test winery experiences on offer below and enjoy an incredible day or weekend out…
 

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Visit Our Boutique Cellar Doors

You’ll find more than 60 cellars doors waiting to be discovered across the Bendigo and Heathcote wine region, all with their own unique experiences, cellar doors, tastings and views. You can experience everything from an intimate wine experience, tasting sessions or taste straight from the barrel, meet the passionate winemakers of our boutique wineries, hear their stories and share their passions and love for the industry.

For more info on our beautiful cellar doors, click here.
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Stay Amongst The Vines

Find accommodation with a view is always a bonus, but what’s even better is when you find one with picturesque views over a vineyard. Wine lovers, does it really get any better to have a bed at your winery, row of vines, glass of wine in hand and all while watching a beautiful sunset – take us now! Well, we’ve got you covered. The region has an amazing range of views, locations and accommodation options for all tastes. Check out some of our favourites below:

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Check Out Cellar Doors With Awesome Views

With a diverse and changing landscape throughout the region, some of our cellar doors have incredible views that are worth bragging about. Plus, their wine is pretty awesome too! Be sure to take your camera, chill out and enjoy the views. Our top picks…

  • McIvor Estate – located at the southern end of the Heathcote Wine Region, the vineyard is nestled within the Great Dividing Ranges with dramatic scenery of large ashen boulders and majestic rolling hills.
  • Peregrine Ridge – with elevated views 250+ metres above sea level on the Mt Camel Range, and floor to ceiling windows, you will find some of the most incredible views as far as the eye can see.
  • Sanguine Estate Wines – on the outskirts of Heathcote you’ll find rolling hills of endless vines and beautiful views of Mt Ida in the backdrop. 
  • Sutton Grange Winery – a little slice of paradise at the foothills of Mt Alexander with gorgeous rural views of their vineyard and beyond.
  • Vin du Van Estate – their cellar door overlooks their picturesque vineyard planted in the flood plain of Sheepwash Creek, with views of the neighbouring Mandurang Valley and is surrounded by native gardens and water features.
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Meet & Greet Resident Wine Dogs

This one is just a little bit cute and definitely worth a highlight. But wherever wine is made, you’re likely to find a dog wandering through the vineyard, snoozing in the sun, ready to greet you at a cellar and loyally by their winemaker’s side. They’re very friendly, love a pat and just want to say hello. Meet our favourite wine dogs…

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Wine & Dine

We love to wine and dine at our favourite cellar doors on sunny afternoon with family and friends, and the options throughout the region are growing. Lunch menus are available at Balgownie Estate, Mandurang Valley WinesThe Shiraz Republic and Vin du Van Estate. If you’re chasing a tasting or antipasto platters, or a charcuterie board, Ellis Wines, Heathcote Winery, Killiecrankie WinesSilver Spoon Estate and Vinea Marson. Yum!  

Or treat yourself to breakfast, lunch or dinner at Wine Bank on View in Bendigo's popular arts precinct. Housed in the heritage-listed and former Union Bank, not only can you enjoy a beautiful dining experience, but you'll have access to the most extensive range of regional Victorian wines. 

 

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Chill Out To Live Music

With warmer days now here, what better way to spend a weekend than sipping wines and listening to live local music at one of our wineries. The teams at The Shiraz Republic and Killiecrankie often have weekend tunes. 

Be sure to check out each wineries social media pages for more info.

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Cellar Doors With A Difference

You've got to love a cellar door with a difference, something unexpected or a little quirk. It's these added bonuses that can make a cellar door, offer a completely different experience and ultimately be one of your favourites to visit and keep you coming back for more. Check out these unique cellar doors and what makes them different to the rest...