The number of Australians visiting wineries rose by 16 per cent in the last year, according to Tourism Research Australia. And with the growing number of wineries offering up accommodation options, there are even more reasons to visit – and stay.
Jackalope Hotel’s debut property will open in the heart of Mornington Peninsula’s wine region in April. Its 46 rooms will be decked out with furniture by Melbourne designer Zuster and the floor to ceiling windows will connect guests with the rural surrounds. A seven-metre-tall namesake Jackalope sculpted by Melbourne artist, Emily Floyd will be sit at the entrance, a prelude to the stunning artwork featured throughout the hotel. The property will be complete with a 30-metre infinity pool overlooking the vines, a poolside pavilion for spa treatments or private dining, fine dining restaurant Doot Doot Doot, and cellar door Rare Hare, which will showcase the product of the property’s own working winery. 166 Balnarring Road, Merricks North, +61 3 9519 8900.
Port Phillip Estate offers luxury accommodation in six contemporary designed suites, all of which have spectacular vineyard and coastal views and private terraces from which to enjoy them. The bedrooms boast sumptuous king-sized beds while the ensuites are appointed with deep eggshell bath tubs, lush Missoni bathrobes and Aesop bathroom products. 263 Red Hill Road, Red Hill South, +61 3 5989 4444.
Set on a magnificent 30-acre estate amid gardens, lawns and a vineyard, Lindenderry at Red Hill has 40 guestrooms, each individually decorated, with spa baths and open fires in premium rooms. All rooms look out onto gardens or vineyards, and the property offers guests the chance to grab a basket and have a picnic among the vines. 142 Arthurs Seat Road, Red Hill, +61 3 5989 2933.
The three Lakeside Villas at Crittenden Estate provide views of both the property’s lake, and its vineyards. Each villa comprises a king-sized bedroom, well-equipped kitchen adjoining a dining area and expansive living room, as well as an authentic wood fire, deep spa bath and a barbecue on the deck. Visitors don’t even have to leave the property to experience some of the peninsula’s best food and wine offerings – they can dine at the award-winning Stillwater restaurant or sample a flight of Crittenden Estate’s wine in the Crittenden Wine Centre. 25 Harrisons Road, Dromana, +61 03 5981 8322.
Polperro Villas is comprised of four beautifully styled, spacious studio apartments overlooking the property’s vineyard in the heart of Red Hill. Each villa features a king-sized bed, designer styling, an open fire place, a central spa bath and a private deck with vineyard views. Complimentary continental breakfast is included as part of the stay – best eaten overlooking the vines. 150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill, +61 3 5989 2471.
Blue Range Estate Wines features four villas, on the property’s vineyard overlooking the entire panorama of the Mornington Peninsula from Port Phillip Bay to Bass Strait. Continental breakfast is included and the cellar door is open weekends for tastings and lunch. 155 Gardens Roads, Rosebud, +61 3 5986 6560.
Due for completion mid-2017, Mitchelton Hotel will sit alongside Mitchelton’s restaurant, its Ministry of Chocolate cafe and cellar door. The 4.5 star hotel will feature 58 rooms, a day spa and swimming pool, and easy access to nearby bush walking and cycling tracks, Goulburn River cruises and wineries. 470 Mitchellstown Road, Nagambie, +61 3 3 5736 2222.
Hide and Seek Winery sits on 40 hectares of bushland that spreads along the Goulburn River. The self-contained guest accommodation features two levels, and can sleep 16. The grounds combine a working sheep farm and a private winery, and guests are also welcome cook up a storm in the self-contained kitchen, using produce from the property’s orchard, vegetable garden and herb barrels. 202 Murchison Goulburn Weir Road, Nagambie, +61 3 5794 2162.
Maygars Hill Winery sits on 20 acres, and the property’s three-bedroom cottage is nestled among the Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz vines, with views of the Strathbogie Ranges. The accommodation is also pet friendly and has its own airstrip. 53 Longwood Mansfield Road, Longwood East, +61 0402 136 448.
Toms Cap Vineyard is a small, boutique winery surrounded by the forests of the Strezlecki Ranges, the ninety-mile beach at Woodside and the natural flora and fauna of the Tarra Bulga National Park. The property features 100 acres of rolling green paddocks with seven acres of vines; 20 acres of planted blue gums and four secluded cottages offering exclusive and award-winning accommodation. Close by is the Tarra Bulga national park which is one of only four major areas of cool temperature rainforest in Victoria featuring lush moist gullies, giant mountain ash trees and beautiful tree ferns. 322 Lays Road, Willung South, +61 3 5194 2215.
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Situated on 230 acres of lush coastal farmland, Oakdene combines a café, cellar door, restaurant and accommodation – all set among the property’s vineyards. The original 1920s homestead has been restored and boasts three themed rooms, while the cellar door is unmissable, in an upside-down house. 255 Grubb Road, Wallington, +61 3 5255 1255.
Balgownie Estate boasts 69 guest suites, a restaurant, cellar door, day spa, tennis court and pool – surrounded by sweeping views of the Yarra Valley and the property’s extensive vineyard. Wine varietals on offer include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir and sparkling. 1309 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, +61 3 9730 0700.
Cleveland Winery sits in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, with 55 rooms overlooking 100 acres of vineyard and farmland. Featured wines include Chardonnay, Shiraz, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sauvignon Blanc and Sparkling, and the property has its own underground wine cellar, where guests can enjoy wine tastings or a regional tasting plate. 55 Shannons Road, Lancefield, +61 3 5429 9000.
Cape Horn Vineyard is located on a sand hill wedged between the Murray and Goulburn Rivers. Wines on offer include Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Shiraz, Durif, Marsanne and Primitivo varieties, and the vineyard is also home to a five-bedroom villa with sweeping river or vineyard views from every aspect – and a cellar door on site. 489 Stewarts Bridge Road, Echuca, +61 3 5480 6013.
Cofield Wines recently introduced ‘Grapevine Glamping’, which features a fully set up glamping camp site among the vines. Each tent is fully equipped with board games, phone chargers, a mini bar, and even a kit for stargazing at night. Dinner hampers and platters are available to order, and Cofield Wines Cellar Door and The Pickled Sisters Cafe are on site for wine tastings and lunch. Distillery Road, Wahgunyah, +61 2 6033 3798.
Mount Pierrepoint Estate harvests Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Gris fruit, and offers guests the chance to stay in one of two suites, both of which overlook the extensive garden and a 14-acre vineyard – the perfect place for breakfast. The property also has a cellar door, which offers home made cakes and locally roasted coffee, along with the Estate’s own wines. 271 Pierrepoint Road, Tarrington, +61 3 5572 5553.
Located at Mountainside Wines, a vineyard and winery at Warrak just north of Beaufort, The Blue House started life as the local post office. It was transported to the property and has been refurbished. It is a self-contained cottage with a queen bedroom, fully equipped kitchen and wood fire. Visitors to The Blue House can enjoy a vineyard and winery tour followed by a tasting of wines made at the winery on the property. 197 Mount Cole Road, Warrak, +61 3 5354 3279.
The family-run Summerfield Winery is located at the heart of the Pyrenees Wine Region. The winery is renowned for Sauvignon Blanc, Merlot, Cabernet and Shiraz and offers self-contained accommodation packages so travellers can enjoy their vino in the midst of the beautiful Pyrenees surrounds. 5967 Stawell-Avoca Rd, Moonambel, +61 3 5467 2264.