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Pyrenees & Ballarat

A short couple of hours north-west of Melbourne lie the Pyrenees and Ballarat regions, both with a history of producing high-quality wines in stunning bush surroundings. Although the regions are considered relatively cool, many vineyards have their own microclimates due to the altitude levels (up to 600m). Most cellar doors are concentrated around the historic towns of Avoca, Moonambel and Ballarat, pouring flavoursome, spice-laden reds, premium deep cabernets and noteworthy sparklings. The emergence of a new wave of young winemakers complements more traditional producers, bringing a spotlight on an often-overlooked wine region.
Valentine Kuzniewski-Lebrun

Image courtesy of Mount Avoca.

Mount Avoca

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5465 3282
mountavoca.com

Driving up to the inviting cellar door, one can easily imagine Matthew Barry (second-generation owner and winemaker) sitting under a tree, a glass of wine in hand, enjoying the serenity the region has to offer. Mount Avoca has built a reputation of making enjoyable, everyday wines. With its pioneering certified organic vineyards, the estate emphasises sustainable practices across all parts of the business. This extends to the on-site ‘Eco-Luxe’ fully equipped accommodation, with breathtaking views of the property. After trying the extensive tasting line-up at the cellar door, it’s very tempting to stay for a game of pétanque or two. Valentine Kuzniewski-Lebrun

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2017 Mount Avoca The Calling Shiraz, A$85

Taltarni
Best Large Cellar Door

(03) 5459 7900
taltarni.com.au

Dogrock Winery
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0409 280 317
dogrock.com.au

Eastern Peake Vineyard
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0408 059 454
easternpeake.com.au

Mitchell Harris Wines
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5331 8931
mitchellharris.com.au

Equus @ Moonambel
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Museum of Wooden Horses)

0448 671 867
equus-at-moonambel.com

Blue Pyrenees Estate
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST ACCOMMODATION

(03) 5465 1111
bluepyrenees.com.au