Bay Cruise & Private Tasting Jan 4
Cruise across Port Phillip Bay from Docklands to enjoy an afternoon at the Bellarine’s prestigious, award-winning winery, Scotchmans Hill.
Journey in comfort with Port Phillip Ferries to the coastal town of Portarlington.
A courtesy bus will be waiting at the end of Portarlington Pier to deliver you right to the Cellar Door. The short drive will take you through the small country town, past rolling hills and farm land. As you arrive you’ll admire breathtaking views over the vineyards and Port Phillip Bay to the Melbourne skyline.
In an intimate private experience you will take part in a tutored tasting of two brackets of five wines, including some exclusive vintages.
You will be greeted with a taste of our Swan Bay Vintage Brut Sparkling on arrival and led by an expert member of staff on a wander to see the original Pinot Noir vines. Make your way back to the Cellar Door and head up the wooden staircase to your private tasting room, overlooking the vineyards to the bay and skyline of Melbourne. Enjoy the wines with a delicious lunch of freshly made platters of antipasto and cheese. Be sure to note your favourite tasting of the afternoon, as your all-inclusive ticket incorporates a glass of wine at the end of the private session for you to enjoy under the umbrellas on the terrace or inside the newly renovated French provincial Cellar Door.
Your bus will arrive back at Scotchmans Hill to drop you in Portarlington to peruse the main street. Get yourself a coffee, maybe an ice-cream or sink your toes into the sand at the foreshore.
The ferry departs Portarlington Pier at 3:30pm and you will arrive back at Docklands at 5.00pm.
This exclusive experience is limited to 11 people per session.
Cost - $75 per person.
Price includes return ferry ticket from Docklands, Melbourne; transport to and from Scotchmans Hill; the private tasting experience, including shared antipasto platters; and a glass of wine at the conclusion of the private tasting.
9.30am - Depart Victoria Harbour, Docklands on the ferry (it is advised to arrive 15 minutes prior to departure – for more information on the departure location see: http://www.portphillipferries.com.au/locations/)
11.00am - Arrive in the small coastal town of Portarlington.
11.15am - Board the bus waiting for you at the end of the pier headed to Scotchmans Hill.
11:30am - Arrive at the winery. Enjoy a taste of the Swan Bay Vintage Brut Sparkling and take a wander through the grounds to the original Pinot Noir vines. Head back to the Cellar Door and make your way up the wooden staircase to your private tasting room, overlooking the vineyards to the bay and skyline of Melbourne. Take part in a tutored tasting of 2 brackets of 5 wines, both whites and reds, whilst you indulge in shared antipasto platters, freshly prepared by the chef.
1.00pm - Private tasting experience concludes, head back downstairs to enjoy the new Scotchmans Hill Cellar Door and a glass of wine from the 10 varieties you’ve just tasted. Sit out on the terrace under the umbrellas in the sun or cosy up on the couch inside the Cellar Door.
2.00pm - Depart Scotchmans Hill and return to Portarlington.
3.30pm - Ferry departs Portarlington Pier to Docklands.
5.00pm – Arrive at Victoria Harbour, Docklands.
Bookings are essential.
Terms & conditions apply. Please read them carefully.