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A wintry road trip through the Pyrenees Wine Region

Visit Ballarat

01 Jun 2021

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Whether you’ve got the girls together for a weekend of wine, or you’re simply looking to escape the familiar and check out somewhere new, you’ll be pleasantly surprised by what’s in store for you in the Pyrenees.

Home to award-winning cellar doors and spectacular views of unspoilt landscapes, there’s nothing quite like leaving the hustle and bustle of city life behind you and treating yourself to some of the best cabernet sauvignon and shiraz produced in Australia.

The Pyrenees might share its name with other famous wine area between France and Spain, but you don’t need to board a plane to discover the remarkable winemakers right on our own doorstep.

Wimmera Hill Winery

I know we promised wine, but what if we told you we know of a cellar door for wine and gin. Yes, we thought that might get your attention. Well, let us introduce you to Wimmera Hills Winery, also the home to Mrs Bakers Still House.
This family-owned winery distils its gin and liqueurs using locally harvested and indigenous spices.

DogRock Winery

You can expect great naturally tasting wines from this off-grid winery and cellar door, so you can sip away guilt free knowing winemakers Allen and Andrea are all about using as little intervention as possible. Most of their wines are vegan friendly too.
DogRock was awarded ‘Best Small Cellar Door’ at the 2021 Gourmet Traveller WINE Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards.

Taltarni Winery & Vineyard

Owner John Goelet, a direct descendant of the Guestier wine merchant family of Bordeaux, discovered and purchased Taltarni Vineyard in 1972 after conducting a worldwide search for a site comparable to the great vineyards of Bordeaux – making it one of the oldest wineries in the region.
Today, Taltarni produces a range of high calibre wines that sees them win award after award.
This year, Taltarni was awarded ‘Best Large Cellar Door’ at the Gourmet Traveller WINE Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards.

Summerfield Winery

You’ll likely be a little peckish by now, so stay a little while longer at Summerfield Winery and enjoy a delicious woodfire pizza – a perfect accompaniment to the bold award-winning red wines the vineyard is renowned for.
We highly recommend the Summerfield free-range slow cooked lamb in Reserve Shiraz and the potato and bacon.

Stop for woodfired pizza at Summerfield Winery.

Mount Avoca

Meet the winemakers at this relaxed cellar door and discover what makes this one of Australia’s most awarded organic wineries.
Mount Avoca was awarded ‘Star Cellar Door’ at the 2021 Gourmet Traveller WINE Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards.

Blue Pyrenees Estate

Visit the Blue Pyrenees Estate and you’ll not only get to taste their award winning wines matched with shareplates made of scrumptious local produce at their cellar door, but you can also stay the night!
Sitting atop the bank of the estate’s lake is The Lakehouse, a dreamy farm stay perfect for group stays. Or opt for an intimate stay in a tiny home from Unyoked.
Blue Pyrenees was awarded ‘Cellar Door with the Best Accommodation’ at the 2021 Gourmet Traveller WINE Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards.

Stay in an off-grid tiny house at Blue Pyrenees Estate.

Talbot Provedore and Eatery

After a sleep-in and morning walk, make your way to the historic mining township of Talbot where you’ll find the Talbot Provedore and Eatery.
Dine-in for brunch, then pick up some local produce to take home from the provedore, including freshly roasted coffee beans, sauces and smallgoods. It’s also a chance to grab an extra bottle of wine for the home collection.

Talbot Provedore and Eatery.


The City of Ballarat acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of the land we live and work on, the Wadawurrung and Dja Dja Wurrung People, and recognises their continuing connection to the land and waterways. We pay our respects to their Elders past, present and emerging and extend this to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People.