Discover a hat-trick of wineries and cellar door experiences in Ballarat, with award-winning wine, gin and cider on the menu.
1. Mitchell Harris
Step inside this refurbished 1870s produce store and workshop and experience the great wines and stories of Western Victoria at this industrial cool cellar door and wine bar.
Winemaker, John Harris, works with growers in the Pyrenees, Macedon, Ballarat and Henty wine regions to craft wines that reflect the cool climate characters of Western Victoria.
Always keen to share his love of wine and the craft of turning carefully nurtured grapes into fine wine, each year John takes a group of curious winemakers on a journey from vineyard to bottle. You will uncover the thoughts and processes that go into creating a memorable bottle of wine on this year-long journey.
2. Eastern Peake
Take a short 20-minute scenic drive out to Coghill’s Creek and you’ll discover Eastern Peake Winery.
Visit the cellar to enjoy top drops, including some of the best Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Syrah in the state. You’ll instantly understand why Owen Latta has been awarded Australia’s Young Winemaker of the Year.
You’ll also have the chance to taste Owen’s personal innovation, Latta Vino, which is really getting people excited. These experimental wines are produced with grapes from vineyards run by old family friends and relatives in the surrounding area. Like Eastern Peake, the fruit is all sustainably grown, and the wine is made with no additions.
3. Kilderkin Distillery
Ballarat has a long and storied history when it comes to distilling spirits, tracing back to 1864 with Warrenheip Distillery, the only whisky distillery in Victoria for many decades. Now over 150 years later, the tradition lives on in Ballarat’s newest distillery, Kilderkin.
With a focus on the very best premium gin and whisky, Kilderkin’s most popular ranges include the Scoundrel (London Dry Gin) and their Original (an Australian Gin that uses a range of carefully selected native botanicals).
Stay tuned, the Kilderkin Distillery cellar door is due to re-open soon with some very exciting new changes.
4. Michael Unwin Wines
Situated just off Ballarat’s beautiful Avenue of Honour, the Michael Unwin Wines cellar door has become a popular weekend destination for local wine lovers.
Processed and bottled onsite, you’ll likely find yourself right in the middle of the wine making process when you arrive. And soon, you’ll be able to sample their single-vineyard One Goat, Umbrella Man and Tattooed Lady varieties from the inside of a fully restored decommissioned W-Class tram (talk about something different!)
Michael Unwin Wines also features a ‘fill your own’ cellar door range, where you can bring along and fill your own bottle.
5. Cafe Sidra
Just 20-minutes from Ballarat, you’ll find this picturesque cider bar and cafe nestled on the tree-lined avenue of Learmonth. Sit down with friends with a cider tasting board and graze on cheese and cured meats long into the afternoon.
You’ll find Learmonth Cider being served here, a locally grown and produced micro-brewed cider.
Right across the road you’ll notice the old Learmonth school has been transformed into a state-of-art cidery and brewing education facility, meaning visitors will soon get the chance to see cider being made. Also keep an ear to the ground of news of the Cider Festival which is scheduled to be announced soon.
Make Ballarat your base and hit the quiet country roads of the Pyrenees Wine Region. It’s arguably one of Victoria’s best kept secrets and it’s only a 50-minute drive from Ballarat.
Home of award-winning wines, you’ll discover unspoilt landscapes and stunning views around every corner. And when you stop to taste a drop or two, there’s a good chance you’ll be talking to the winemaker in person.
It’s cool climate means you’ll find a wealth of wine varieties here, something that has become a popular drawcard for weekend wine lovers.