Winter Shiraz Weekend

7 & 8 July 2018 – Who is coming along to this year’s Winter Shiraz Weekend?

We warmly invite you to join us for the third year of our highly anticipated annual wine event, Winter Shiraz Weekend – A Celebration of Geelong Wine on 7 & 8 July 2018.  Enjoy two days of beautiful wine, food and entertainment as the Geelong region basks in the midwinter glow.

We’re giving you the chance to ‘meet the makers’ with knowledgeable local vignerons and producers leading you on a path of wine discovery.  Take a tour in our three sub regions, Bellarine, Moorabool Valley and the Surf Coast and visit as many of the participating wineries as you like.

Wineries throughout the region will give guests the chance to soak up the warmth of open fires and outdoor braziers in beautiful surroundings while showing off their award winning Shiraz.  Talented Chef’s will match the region’s renowned cool climate wines with hearty winter fare and offer you the chance to sit for a while and soak in the atmosphere.

This year, as part of the event, we will be holding special Friday night tastings at some of Geelong’s top wine retailers.  Let them help you plan your weekend, book some local accommodation and make a weekend of it!

The 2018 program promises to be a feast of food and wine experiences, gourmet produce, local music and wine master classes.  You’ll be tempted by so many of our wineries with something special on offer for everyone.

So throw off your jacket, take up a place by the fire with a glass of wine and enjoy a reprieve from the cold.

Entry to participating wineries is free so you can take home some local wine instead of worrying about ticket prices!


Once the full program has been finalised, it will be available here.

Stay tuned for information on the participating wineries in 2018

While we finalise the 2018 program, these are some of the special events over the 2017 weekend…….

Make a good weekend out of your visit to the region.  Visit the wineries, take in one of the additional events and book some accommodation.  Stay a while and take your time.

Free Friday Night Wine Tastings

Special evening tastings at local Geelong & surrounding retailers:

Barwon Heads Winestore, Barwon Heads4.30pm – 6pm. Shop 2, 86 Hitchcock Avenue, Barwon Heads.

Featuring: Barwon Ridge, Marcus Hill Vineyard, Scotchmans Hill, Bellbrae Estate

Bottles & Barrels, Newtown5pm – 7pm. 132 Aberdeen Street, Newtown.

Featuring: Austins & Co./6ft6, Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Leura Park, Yes Said the Seal, Dinny Goonan

Randalls Wines, Newtown – 5pm – 7pm. 326 Pakington Street, Newtown.

Featuring: Oakdene, Saint Regis Winery

Union Street Wine Bar, Geelong – 5pm – 7pm. 8 Union Street, Geelong.

Featuring: Clyde Park, Brown Magpie, Basils Farm

Lunches, dinners & entertainment

So many delicious lunch and dinner options on offer over the weekend with entertainment galore!

Download each sub-region – The Bellarine, The Moorabool Valley & The Surf Coast above to check what’s on offer at each winery.


Masterclasses will be held at various wineries over the weekend.  Contact individual wineries for further details.

Austins & Co – Wine blending workshop, Saturday and Sunday 1pm – Workshop with one of our winemakers – you will create your very own shiraz blend after some hands on learning about the process of blending wines. This will be a fun and informative workshop with limited spots available.

$40 per person, including spit roast lunch, tasting with the wine maker and blending workshop. Book online to avoid missing out!

Baie Wines – Regional ‘Create, Taste & Make’ Masterclasses – To make sure you are having all the fun possible at BAIE Wines Winter Shiraz Weekend – we have invited some of our friends along for your creating, making and tasting pleasures.  Masterclasses are capped at 15 people and bookings are essential.  On offer:

  • Winter Dinner Party Centrepiece – Little Twig
  • Say Cheese – Creating the Ultimate Cheeseboard – Bear & Bean, Lauren Sault
  • The Ultimate Winter Gin Experience – Barwon Heads Wine Store
  • Ricotta Making, Cheese Tastings & Shev & Tiramisu – Drysdale Goats Cheese, Corinne Blackett

Please click here for more information and to book

Banks Road – Exclusive Shiraz Masterclass – Saturday 8 July, 12-1pm, $30pp including tastings and a Little Red Fox Eatery cheese platter.
To book please call the winery on 0412 857 939.  Places are limited, so it’s first in best-dressed!
Join winemaker Will Derham in a shiraz tasting masterclass held at the winery. Taste and discuss premium shiraz vintages from our Banks Road cellars and the Bellarine Peninsula, and a selection of premium shiraz from different regions of Australia, including the Grampians and the Barossa Valley. Cheese platter from Little Red Fox Eatery included.

Barwon Ridge Wines –  Shiraz Masterclass $25pp, numbers are limited to 10 and booking is essential  – A tutored vertical tasting of Barwon Ridge Shiraz will be held Saturday and Sunday at 2.30. Booking are essential via our web site.

Scotchmans HillShiraz Masterclass –   Indulge in Shiraz heaven in our Shiraz Masterclass hosted by Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett, with matching cheese and meats provided by PikNik.

Robin and the winemaking team have curated a selection of wines from the cellar, our current list and some secret gems from our Scotchmans Hill and flagship Cornelius to showcase the very best of the Bellarine.

$25 per person and only 20 spaces available, so book ahead to avoid disappointment.   Sat 8th July at 11am in the Barrel Hall

See our website to book and for more details

Lethbridge Winery – Visit Lethbridge Wines for further details

Maps & Travel

Click on the links below to view the approximate travel distances.

Bellarine TT

Moorabool TT

Surf Coast TT

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Getting around…….

Private Tour – your very own designated driver

For the Love of Grape – Winter Shiraz Weekend Wine Tours

Jump on-board with For the Love of Grape to fully relax and unwind as their experienced, friendly hosts escort you to a variety of our award winning wineries to enjoy sipping Shiraz whilst warming in front of the fire. Let the team introduce you to both our well known wineries and even some quieter, out of the way wineries in the region.

Public tours for smaller group bookings and private tours for larger groups on offer during the Winter Shiraz weekend with pick ups from private homes, motels, accommodation or the train station.

Call 0408 388 332 or email

I Came I Saw I Drank – Winter Shiraz Weekend Wine Tours

I Came I Saw I Drank conducts tailored tours of boutique wineries and gourmet produce providers across Geelong, the Bellarine Peninsula and Moorabool Valley wine regions. Available for up to 6 people – we will tailor an individual and unique experience to you.

Providing a different perspective, you can choose your own wineries and local gourmet produce providers, or allow us to arrange everything for you. We pick you up from your local accommodation, Geelong Railway Station, Portarlington via Port Phillip Ferries or a mutually agreed location.

Your tour through the region can incorporate lunch at a preferred winery, restaurant or gourmet produce provider, or alternatively we can make arrangements based on your specific requirements. We deliver you back at the completion of your tour, or you may wish to continue with one last glass of wine, or cheese and charcuterie at a local wine purveyor.

Locally owned and operated 7 days.

Call David Albon 0408 245 494 or visit

Geelong Winery Tours –  Winter Shiraz Weekend Wine Tours

Geelong Winery Tours cater for smaller groups or couples wanting a boutique, or private experience over the Winter Shiraz Weekend. Sail directly from Melbourne CBD to the Bellarine Peninsula, connect with Geelong Winery Tours and enjoy some of the best wine the Geelong wine region has to offer.

We can design a bespoke tour to link with clients arriving directly from Melbourne by rail or to Portarlington via Port Phillip ferries. It’s about getting you to the experiences you want and back to your home or hotel and you wanting to do it all again. No minimum or maximum time. Pick up anywhere in the Greater Geelong region.

Phone: 0412 066 000
Facebook: Geelong Winery Tours


Your own car

Geelong is only a 45 minute car trip along the Princes Freeway from Melbourne.  The three sub regions where our winery venues are situated are all a short drive from Geelong – heading out towards the Moorabool Valley, Surf Coast and The Bellarine.  If you are traveling to and around WSW by car please plan ahead and nominate a designated driver.


Charter Bus

Why not book a bus to take you around?!  Leave the car at home and let someone else do all the driving!

There are loads of awesome charter companies working around the region.  Give them a call.

If you are part of a charter group, please make sure you book a time with the wineries so they know when you are showing up.