Bendigo Wine Makers
"Bendigo's Pioneering Vineyard of the Modern Era" - Ralph Kyte Powell-AGE EPICURE
Established in 1969 by local pharmacist and now winemaking legend, Stuart Anderson, Balgownie Estate was the first boutique vineyard to be planted in the Bendigo district in more than 80 years. The 70's and 80's are often reminisced over by those who would drive up from Melbourne for their allocation of the big full - flavoured reds, renowned for their exceptional aging qualities. From these artisan beginnings, the 'Balgownie' name quickly gained a reputation for its award winning wines both in Australia and overseas. Even the Queen, on a stately visit, got to have a wee sample of the 1975 and 1976 Cabernet Sauvignon.
Today, Balgownie Estate boasts two vineyards and cellars: Bendigo, with predominantly old vine Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz as well as small parcels of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and now the cool climate Yarra Valley with the regionally distinctive varietals of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Both the Bendigo and Yarra Valley Cellar Door outlets provide visitors with access to wines from both regions. Each cellar door offers visitors the chance to embrace a holistic wine tourism experience with regionally inspired foods from a 'shared table' style cafe and an informative wine museum that captures the trials and tribulations of two of Australia's great wine regions.
2002 Goldfields Tourism AWARD WINNER for Tourism Wineries...
11am - 5pm 7 days.
Today, a visit to Balgownie Estate Bendigo takes the visitor through a driveway lined with olive trees and vineyards. Further along sits the original farm cottage and high-pitched roof winery, surrounded by rugged gnarly iron bark and box gum trees...Take the time to appretiate the more traditional setting of 'artisan' winemaking in the region.
The Cellar Door outlet boasts a wine tasting and sales area, a cafe and wine museum and a petanque pitch for those who want to play. Finally there is Balgownie House, which consists of two luxury boutique self contained units for those who wish for a quiet retreat.
For more information on Balgownie Estate Wines, reviews, prices and Wine Club Membership benefits just check out our website!Hermitage Road, Maiden Gully Vic 3551
Just 8km from the CBD of Bendigo, a 15 minute drive on the road to Mildura...
Departing from Bendigo Tourism in Bendigo's CBD, head back towards Melbourne and take your first right at the fountain into View St. At the first set of traffic lights turn left into Barnard St and follow this road around the bend and continue until you reach the Marong turn off (just before the traffic lights) and turn left. From here you continue straight through the Maiden Gully township and 1km further you will notice signage directing you to turn right into Hermitage Road for Balgownie Estate.
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