The Bellarine’s new Vintage Release Party is a one-day celebration of fine wines and good times

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The Bellarine’s new Vintage Release Party is a one-day celebration of fine wines and good times

Words by staff writer

Three wineries, three sessions, and one unforgettable experience.

Get ready to raise your glasses. Bellarine favourites Bennetts on Bellarine, in collaboration with Bellarine Estate and Scotchmans Hill, is hosting a spectacular Vintage Release Party. So, if you’re a wine enthusiast or simply looking for a fabulous day out, you’ll want to mark your calendars for Saturday, November 11th!

The Bellarine Vintage Release Party is your chance to indulge in the finest wines 2023 has to offer, with three sessions taking place at each winery. What’s more, you’ll get to enjoy breathtaking views and a warm, inviting atmosphere that Bellarine is famous for.

Bellarine Vintage Release Party

  • Date: Saturday, November 11th
  • Format: Three sessions at each winery, with each session lasting one and a half hours.
  • Times: Session 1: 12pm to 1.30pm, Session 2: 1.45pm to 3.15pm, Session 3: 3.30pm to 5pm
  • Tickets: Just $75 per person, plus booking fees

Keep up with the latest food and booze news across the region here.

When you grab your ticket, you’re in for a treat. Each venue offers tasting pours of four new release wines, perfectly paired with light snacks to complement each wine. And if you find your new favourite, bars will be open and ready for you to purchase the latest wines by the glass or bottle. It’s a wine lover’s dream come true!

While you’ll need to arrange your own transportation to and from the event, don’t worry; we’ve got you covered. There are plenty of excellent local, small tour operators who can make sure you get there safely. Check out the links below for their details or to make an enquiry:

Now, let’s take a closer look at the fantastic wineries that will be part of this unforgettable celebration:

Scotchmans Hill

Scotchmans Hill, nestled in the heart of the Bellarine Peninsula, is a renowned local winery producing cool-climate wines since 1982. With over 30 years of winemaking experience, Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett has crafted consistent and beloved wines. Their cellar door offers an intimate and rustic setting, with a breathtaking view of the vineyards and the Melbourne skyline. It’s the perfect place to enjoy a glass of your favorite drop with your favorite company.

Where: 190 Scotchmans Rd, Drysdale

Bennetts on Bellarine

A family-run vineyard, Bennetts on Bellarine, offers a mix of rustic charm and old-fashioned hospitality. Located at the corner of McAdams Lane and Portarlington Road, this charming vineyard is one of the newest on the Bellarine. Jamieson Bennett, at the helm, ensures the quality of grapes and an exceptional vintage. Their wines, including sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Rose, and Shiraz, are all worth savoring. The relaxed, open-air venue is family-friendly and dog-friendly, making it a must-visit.

Where: 2171 Portarlington Road, Bellarine

Bellarine Estate

Established in 1996, Bellarine Estate is one of the oldest wineries on the Bellarine Peninsula, thanks to Peter and Lizette Kenny’s dedication. Their 100-acre property offers award-winning cool-climate wines, including Shiraz and Pinot, highly acclaimed in Australia and overseas. You can taste and purchase these wines at their cellar door or enjoy them at their restaurant, Bouchon at Bellarine, offering a French twist to the Bellarine Peninsula.

Where: 2270 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine

Book your tickets, get your transportation sorted, and get ready for a day of laughter, cheers, and unforgettable memories! Tickets can be purchased here