From our hands to yours – intensity and intimacy abound
Whether it is the distinctive maritime flavours of The Bellarine, the ancient richness of the Moorabool Valley or the rugged, exposed coastline of the Surf Coast, the Geelong Wine Region is united by boutique, family owned winegrowers producing premium quality hand crafted wines.
With each sub region and winery displaying their own unique characteristics, visitors are invited to explore the diversity of the stunning scenery, touring routes and restaurants whilst sampling some of Victoria’s finest cellar door experiences.
Geelong’s family owned boutique operators maximise their wine’s potential by hand pruning, hand picking and hand crafting their wines allowing regional characters to develop.
Areas within the region have varying microclimates influencing the depth of colour, bouquet and flavour of the wines. The Bellarine has a maritime climate with bay breeezes and spectacular views, whilst the hills and valleys of the Moorabool Valley have a warm, continental style climate. The Surf Coast is famous for its long summer days and cooling ocean breezes.
James Halliday in his Wine Atlas of Australia and New Zealand wrote: “If there is a unifying feature in all of the Geelong wines, it is their strength and depth of colour, bouquet and flavour.”
Not only does the Geelong wine region produce some of Australia’s best wines, but the wineries are surrounded by some of Victoria’s best scenery and touring opportunities.
The Geelong Wine Region boasts historical roots back to the early 1800’s when Geelong was a booming regional centre, hub of the vast Western District trade. The planting of vines by Swiss Settlers saw Geelong and its surrounding areas emerge as the largest grape growing region in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia.
Wine enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Daryl & Nini Sefton, appreciating the history of Geelong Wine and realising the opportunity to establish Geelong as a premium wine growing region, led the 1966 renaissance which today sees more than 60 vineyards across Moorabool Valley, The Bellarine Peninsula and The Surf Coast fulfilling the dreams of the early Swiss Settlers.