If you love a drop of wine, then Heathcote must be on your list of destinations to visit. This charming regional hub is just over half an hour’s drive from Bendigo’s CBD and, although it’s known worldwide for its Shiraz, emerging new varieties provide so much more to appreciate.
Founded in the 1830s, Heathcote’s wide main street is filled with heritage buildings, quaint cafés and boutiques. For nature lovers, the township is surrounded by forest, walking and cycling trails, lookouts and the stunning Pink Cliffs which offers plenty of scenic views. But what about that famous wine? With many local labels seeing the second generation of winemakers coming through the ranks, there are plenty of new varieties to enjoy, as well as the old favourites.
There are over 30 cellar doors in the Heathcote region to choose from and the popularity of craft beer has ensured that, with venues such as Cornella Real and the Tooborac Hotel & Brewery, there’s something for every taste bud.
For a fun hands-on experience, you can’t go past The Shiraz Republic, where you can ‘rent a row’ and invest in some vines. Harvest your own grapes and bottle them with your personal label – that’s sure to create some conversation at your next dinner party!
Alternatively, relish at Heathcote Harvest – a true paddock-to-plate experience allowing you to visit a working farm, enjoy tasting plates along with local wines. The perfect way to appreciate all elements of the food chain.