Just a short drive out of Bendigo will deliver you to the cellar door of Balgownie Estate, an 80-acre vineyard.
Cabernet sauvignon and shiraz vines were planted here in 1969 by local pharmacist Stuart Anderson. This makes Balgownie Estate the oldest winery in the region.
These two red varietals continue to be the vineyard’s signatures, which you can sample along with smaller batches of pinot noir, chardonnay, merlot, cabernet franc and viognier at the cellar door.
While working your way through the wine list, browse the wall of black-and-white photographs and historical information inside. Afterwards, select a glass of your favourite wine and enjoy at the picnic tables outside overlooking the vines.
Balgownie Estate acquired a second plot in the Yarra Valley in 2003. Here chardonnay and pinot noir grapes have been planted on 16 acres. Accommodation is offered at both locations.
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