Did you know that, back in the 1800s, Geelong was the largest grape growing region in Victoria? Over the last few decades, winemakers have been rediscovering the rich soils and favourable climate of the region. There are more than 40 cellar doors in the area, many of which also have restaurants to enjoy check them out when next staying at motel accommodation in Geelong.
Located around 20 minutes drive from Geelong, this winery showcases hand-crafted wines from the Austin family’s own vineyard. They are known for their Pinot Noir, Riesling, Chardonnay and Shiraz. The cellar door is currently only open the first weekend of every month, but this will be increased in the future. Masterclasses are also available.
With amazing views over Corio Bay, this vineyard is nestled in a valley that shelters it from harsh winds yet provides it with ample access to the sun’s rays. Bellarine Estate can be reached in about half an hours drive from Geelong. As well as delicious wines, beers from Two Wives Brewery are also available for tastings.
If you don’t mind a bit of a road trip, this vineyard can be reached in just over an hours drive. The estate is home to a winery, brewery and café so there is plenty to keep you occupied. The cellar door is only open on Friday, Saturday and Sunday but a range of wines, beers and ciders are available for tasting whilst you take in the views.
Known as one of Australia’s leading boutique wineries, Shadowfax is about 45 minutes drive from Geelong. The cellar door is open daily, providing you with ample tasting opportunities. There’s also an onsite restaurant serving delicious antipasto and cheese platters alongside woodfired pizzas and amazing desserts.
Located about half an hours drive from Geelong, this vineyard is known for its award-winning wines, tasty food and stunning architecture. Take a stroll after your tasting is complete. The indoor and outdoor spaces offer uninterrupted views across Corio Bay to Geelong and Port Philip Bay to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula.
The next time you’re staying at motel accommodation in Geelong, we hope that you’ll take the time to visit some of the amazing wineries that the region has to offer. Although we’ve outlined a handful of our favourites in the list above, you cannot go wrong with any of the vineyards in the area. Whether you stop for a tasting or to enjoy a meal, you won’t be disappointed.