Great places to eat and drink on THE BELLARINE PENINSULA

· It's Summer time and the weather is fine ·

  • September 3, 2019

Experience the truly outstanding Bellarine Peninsula’s food and beverage Harvest trail.

Discover craft breweries, award wining vineyards, delicious gins, fresh seafood and breathtaking natural beauty all through the Bellarine Peninsula.

“The sun and the sand, And a drink in my hand” Kenny Chesney

Flying Brick Cider Company is the Bellarine’s first and finest cider company- come see why this is one of the fastest growing boutique ciders in Australia. 

Flying Brick Ciderhouse

With a sprawling beer garden, live tunes,  locally sourced food menu and a range of apple (and pear) delights to sample this is a must stop for summer time in the Bellarine. We recommend: Pachinga Cider. A pear, chilli and lime 8% delight. Also we would recommend sending the kids to the water park across the road and spend the day drinking the cider but thats promoting some sort of bad parenting that people on the internet will get their angry pants on about so we won’t recommend that. 

Address1251–1269 Bellarine Hwy, Wallington VIC 3222

Phone(03) 5250 6577

 

 Basil’s Farm. Overlooking Swan Bay Basil’s Farm is a delightful mix of vineyard and farm. Take in the stunning views, stroll the herb garden, taste the handcrafted wines and try some of the local cuisine. These guys are all about sustainability with herbs, fruit, veggies and honey all being produced on site as well as chooks, sheep and lamas (the lama’s are named Basil and Manuel in case you were looking for your Faulty towers reference). The unique wines are being created by biodynamic and organic methods and can be tasted in the Basils Farm tasting room.  Book ahead or come early – the secret of Basils Farm is no longer a secret and in Summer time its a busy venue!

We recommend:  A bottle of the Reserve Pinot Noir and a seat by the fire pit overlooking the bay

Address43-53 Nye Rd, Swan Bay VIC 3225

Phone(03) 5258 4280

 

Terindah Estate “Terindah is Indonesian for ‘most beautiful” and the venue does the name justice. Standing on Terindahs Deck you are treated to breathtaking panoramic views across Corio Bay to the You Yangs and across Port Phillip Bay to the city skyline of Melbourne. You can quite literally see the mussel farmers in the local waters before you sit down for lunch. Established by owners Peter and Cate Slattery in 2000, Terindah Estate’s 100-acre property is a must-see destination for anyone interested in visiting a vineyard with award-winning wines, delicious food and stunning architectural event spaces.

We recommend: Utilising the extensive tasting room and having a try of as many of these local wines as they will allow

Address90 McAdams Ln, Bellarine VIC 3223

 

Blackmans Brewery  After winning ‘Small Champion Brewery 2019’ this Torquay based brewery expanded its horizons and spilled out on the lucky residents of Ocean Grove, Bellarine Peninsula. These guys are making waves on the craft beer scene challenging your traditional concept of beer. With recent releases including ‘Coffee Lager’, ‘Quince & Honey Saison’ & ‘Tomato and Basil Gose’ we strongly suggest anyone who knows the difference between a IPA and a VB needs to pay these guys a visit. Also they do great burgers.

We recommend: Anything from their Barrel Farm range. If you find a Sour NEIPA call us and we will pay you substantially 

Address82 The Terrace, Ocean Grove VIC 3226

 

The Whiskery. Bellarine Distillery  The first Distillery on the Bellarine Peninsula. They won gold for their Gin. Their logo is modelled on the Head Gin Makers Moustache. They sit you down and run through drinking straight gin. What else do you need!

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Husband and wife Russell Watson and Lorelle Warren are the driving force behind the distillery and it is a rare day where the two of them are not on site happily greeting the steady throng of visitors keen to try the Bellarine’s most discussed tipple. 

We recommend: Sitting down and experience the tasting session, Teddy & the Fox straight up on one cube of ice is our new summer drink 

Address2102-2120 Portarlington Rd, Drysdale VIC 3222

 

Bennetts Vineyard This family operated vineyard is smack bang in the middle of wine territory and is the perfect mix of rustic rock and old-fashioned hospitality. As you step out onto Bennetts deck with local pinot in hand you are right on the edge of the vineyard, you cannot get closer to the land that the grapes grow in. Set in a refurbished 100 year old Milk Shed Bennetts is a passionate group venture that you can feel as soon as you walk in the front door. 

We recommend: ‘Blacksmith’ Wood Fired Pizza on the deck

Address2171 Portarlington Rd, Bellarine VIC 3223

 

Rock out on The Blues Train. ‘Rockin’ the rails since 1994′. This is the train that rocked. Starting on the historic Queenscliff railway platform you will dance and sing along – an incredible blues journey along the tracks. It’s a musical dinner and show where you swap carriages at every stop to ensure you get a variety of music, food, wine and general good vibes. This seriously rocks

We recommend: bringing a group big enough to have a private carriage and requesting the dance carriage for last. Trust us. 

Address20 Symonds St, Queenscliff VIC 3225
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Oakdene Vineyard When walking up to the cellar door at Oakdene you’d be excused for thinking you’ve had too many wine tastings and possibly some sneaky acid.  The eclectic grounds are littered with fascinating art works and in the middle stands the  “upside down house”, a wine tasting room literally designed to resemble an upside down house straight out of Alice in Wonderland. With more wines on offer to taste than any other vineyard on the Bellarine this is a upside down house worth the visit. 
We recommend: The Bernards Cabernet 95 points – Halliday Wine Companion 2020. Fun fact: majority of the wines are named after the owners grandkids
Address182-240 Grubb Road, Ocean Gove VIC 3221

alternativeGetting to the Bellarine? It’s now easier than ever to do a day trip from Melbourne. Thanks to the crew at Port Phillip Ferries you can jump on the ferry at Docklands, enjoy a fresh coffee from the onboard bar as you look for dolphins on the trip across the bay, join a tour group in Portarlington with a day of gin, wine, cider and food (see tour package here) and be back in Melbourne before dark. That beats boring ole Yarra Valley any day!…

 

Experience as much as you can with Andy’s Trails

It all looks too good? Go on an all inclusive tour and taste it all!

Andy’s Trails are full food & beverage tours across the Bellarine

Dedicated to celebrating local produce, gourmet beverages and breathtaking scenery with an informative guide and designated driver whose passion for craft will take this experience to a whole new level. With so many amazing destinations and venues exploding onto the scene Andy’s can offer a range of experiences that will suit you regardless of your time and budget.

Whether you’re looking for a foodie’s feast adventure, a locally-produced immersive liquor experience, or a full hipster encounter with the local craft beer scene while surrounded by spectacular drives – Andy’s Trails has the experience for you!

Ditch the the hassle of organising transport and a designated driver. Eat and Drink it all!

Feeling thirsty yet?

E) Andy@andystrails.com.au

P) 0416 585 601