Our beliefs are simple and straight forward… “To handcraft exceptional estate grown wines.”
Peter and Liz Kenny established Bellarine Estate in 1996 with the goal of producing premium Cool Climate wines on the Bellarine Peninsula. The 100-acre property occupies the northern slopes of the hills between Drysdale and Portarlington overlooking Corio Bay.
The fruit is carefully tended and hand picked while allowing it to fully ripen, ensuring that the flavours and tannins reach maturity. Since the first Vintage in 1999 our wines have continued to win acclaim in Australia and overseas.
We produce two labels. The Bellarine Estate label is one hundred per cent estate-grown fruit while the Portarlington Ridge label includes fruit from other growers in the region.
Realising there was also a niche market for beer on the Bellarine Peninsula, Bellarine Brewing Company was created. Established in 2007, the “Beer by the Bay” brewery produces exceptional quality lagers, ales and stouts.
Dining in the Restaurant with its casual yet stylish menu completes your visit. Our friendly Bellarine Estate staff will be more than happy to discuss our wine and beer styles in Cellar Door when you next visit the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula.
Restaurant / Cafe
Wedding / Functions
Year Established: 1996
Owners: Peter and Lizette Kenny
Winemaker: Robin Brockett
Cellar Manager: Katie Hoare
Sales Manager: Gavin Lewinski
Avg. Tonnescrushed / grown: 120
Hectares under vine in Geelong: 12.5
- Bellarine Estate
- Portarlington Ridge
- Bellarine Brewing Company
Fed Square Wine Awards Best Red Wine (2008 ‘Phil’s Fetish’ Pinot Noir) 2010
Fed Square Wine Awards Best Pinot Noir (2008 ‘Phil’s Fetish’ Pinot Noir) 2010
Fed Square Wine Awards Best Red Wine 2009
Fed Square Wine Awards Best Shiraz 2009
Geelong Wine Show Bronze (Shiraz Viognier) 2008
Geelong Wine Show Silver (Pinot Noir) 2008
Cowra Wine Show Bronze (Two Wives Shiraz) 2008
Cowra Wine Show Gold (Pinot Noir) 2008
Winestate World’s Greatest Shiraz Challenge Category Winner 2008