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Travelling to Bendigo feels like entering a world that is clinging to its past but also happy to embrace the future. Its cosmopolitan nature can be easily seen through its cafés, restaurants, art gallery, festivals, period and modern architecture – and, of course, its wineries. While the pandemic has definitely not helped with exposing increasing numbers of tourists to the riches of the region, Bendigo continues to offer a dizzying array of experiences, no matter what appeals to you. And once again, the wine of Bendigo proves that this is a region that can deliver pretty much whatever your palate desires.  Brendan Black

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KILLIECRANKIE

Star Cellar Door

0447 733 599
killiecrankiewines.com

Named after the bloody Battle of Killiecrankie of 1689 in Scotland, Killiecrankie the winery is thankfully a more relaxed affair. Owned and run by John Monteath (whose clan was busy making/drinking wine during the battle) and Claire Hull, the cellar door is an eclectic mix of farming paraphernalia, winemaking gear and artworks for sale. John Monteath, a viticulturist of much repute, has overseen many stellar vineyards in the Bendigo and Heathcote regions, and in 2005 he began releasing wines under his own brand, made from estate fruit and local grapes. Killiecrankie shows incredible quality across its three labels: the approachable Crankie, the exotic Lola Montez, and the flagship Killiecrankie range. In the latter, the 2016 The Viscount Cabernet Sauvignon is well and truly the standout, being a wine which has that elusive quality of both power and elegance, with immense concentration and a silky texture. 

TOP DROP: 2016 Killiecrankie The Viscount Cabernet Sauvignon, A$90

Balgownie Estate 
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR AND BEST FOOD

(03) 5449 6222
balgownieestatebendigo.com

Mandurang Valley 
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

0417 357 688
mandurangvalleywines.com.au

Sutton Grange 
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

0428 278 370
suttongrange.com.au

Bress/Lome 
Best Additional Cellar Door Experience (Event Days)

0437 493 303
bress.com.au

Heart Of Gold Vineyard
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST ACCOMMODATION

0411 046 088
heartofgoldvineyard.com

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