Toast to the Coast

Sat 4th November, 2017 – Sun 5th November, 2017
Bellarine Peninsula, Moorabool Valley & Surf Coast.
Out-of-towners flocking to Melbourne for the Melbourne Cup weekend offers a perfect opportunity to escape the city for scenic lunches, vineyard strolls and wine tastings. Right on cue comes the 16th annual Toast to the Coast.

Returning to the Geelong wine region over November 4–5, the festival showcases wine and food from three distinct sub regions: the Surf Coast, Moorabool Valley and Bellarine Peninsula. Growing conditions and soil types vary dramatically stretching down the coast – from sandy loam and basalt plains to river loam and rich volcanic. This means the region produces a large variety of wines. Shiraz, pinot noir and chardonnay reign supreme, but riesling, gewurztraminer and merlot, as well as rarer drops like primitivo, gamay, langrein and carmenere, are all present too.

You can buy a pass to Saturday, Sunday or the entire weekend, which grants you a take-home Geelong Wine glass that doubles as your passport to free wine tastings at each vineyard. Patrons will have the chance to hop between venues, soak up idyllic views and taste the bounty of both the well-known wineries and small-scale achievers that dot this part of the state.

On the Bellarine you can visit the likes of Basils Farm, Bellarine Estate, Jack Rabbit Vineyard and Oakdene Vineyards, while in Moorabool Valley, Austins & Co, Clyde Park, Lethbridge Wines and Moorabool Ridge will all be swinging open their doors. Round out your trip on the Surf Coast with a visit to Bellbrae Estate, Mt Duneed Estate and Saint Regis Winery Food and Wine Bar.

It’s only an hour from Melbourne, but if you’d prefer to leave the car at home, you can ride the Toast to the Coast shuttle bus all weekend, which departs from the Geelong railway station.

Toast to the Coast

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