Where to go for the best winery tours in the Geelong region
04.11.2021

Where to go for the best winery tours in the Geelong region

Words by Alice McDonald

Sip your way through Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula

If you’re anything like me, once the sun comes out and we get that delectable summer breeze, I need a rosé in hand. It’s happy hour somewhere right?!

Geelong and the Bellarine have so much beautiful food and drinks to offer as well as some of the top wines in the state. Wine is the social butterfly of all alcoholic beverages whether you can understand the “notes of cherry” or simply just love the taste, taking you and your best buddies on a tour is the way to go.

I have very generously formed for you the top tours in the region with some of the best wines Victoria has to offer.

Let’s start, shall we?

Bellarine Winery Tours

Bellarine Winery Tours have you covered for picturesque views alongside delicious wine and nibbles. With public and private tours on offer, enjoy lunch and tastings on a perfect day trip out.

Private tours start at around $100 per head and you can even go the extra mile for larger parties and hire out a tour guide and bus for the whole day on a customised tour chosen by the folks at BWT.

This is a really affordable option that can even cater to you beer and cider buffs with stops at breweries upon request.

Andy’s Trails

Let’s toast to the coast!

This 6 hour tour will take you to the likes of 5 star rated wineries such as Bennetts Vineyards, The Whiskery, Flying Brick Cider Co and many, many more.

Coming from Melbourne? Port Phillip Ferries will take you from Docklands to Portarlington to commence the tour. Over in Queenscliff? Searoad Ferries will happily pick you up.

Andy’s Trails know that the best experiences always come from your own local and have carefully crafted their tours to suit each wine fanatic.

Speaking of local

Geelong Winery Tours

Couples and smaller groups, we’ve got you covered. Geelong Winery Tours pride themselves on a ‘hassle-free and stress-free experience’ so you can tour everything the local area has to offer with ease.

With offerings of ‘The Tasting Tour’ where you can get a snapshot of the wines to the ‘Big Day Out’ – which might I add, is not for the faint-hearted. AKA tasting over 30 different wines from the best local spots in town.

These tours are unique since you decide where you want to go. But if you’re struggling, they’ll come up with your tour for you.


Wilson’s Wine Tours

David Wilson’s whole life revolves around good wine, so you know he’s your best guy for the job!

A self-proclaimed winery tour ‘artist’, Wilson’s wine tours were put on this Earth to guide you through Geelong’s wine landscape. With standard and custom packages as well as hosting any events, you’re ensured to have a total blast alongside Wilson’s great guides.

This is a much more personalised experience from a local with a lot of vino knowledge.

And finally to finish off the tour options in perfect style;

For the Love of Grapes Wine Tours

Any business with that kind of name is sure to be fun.

Covering Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula as well Mornington Peninsula and the Yarra Valley, there are plenty of hidden gems to explore on these tours.

With a wide range of prices, For the Love of Grapes Wine Tours will suit most party groups.

 

Epic Taste Experiences

At Epic Taste Experience, their goal is to create a fun and memorable experience for you and your group while exploring the region’s delicious wonders, hidden behind unassuming farm gates and homesteads to discover the most innovative artisan makers and growers.

They offer three exclusive food tourism experiences. Each tour is private and crafted bespoke to your preferences, collaborating with you to ensure you have an epic experience. How good’s that?!

Whether you’re a more serious epicurean, avid food & drink lover or just after a laid back adventure for the taste buds, there’s a tour for you.

Find out more here.

 

Honourable mentions for the most stylish transport options

My top picks are Coastal Chauffeurs for trustworthy drivers and for always being punctual – essential after a day of drinking in the heat or Mustang and Co for some extra flair and style. Cause why not?

To find more food and wine stops in Geelong, head to all our top picks here.