Our story begins in 1946 with a family’s love of the Bellarine Peninsula and then the buying of the Scotchmans Hill property in the late 70’s, to our first vintage in 1982.

  • (1946) Gorge Cornelius Browne builds a beach house at Portarlington. A young David Browne Holidays in the school break adventuring through the Bellarine region and falls in love with the area.
  • (1975-1980) David Browne and the Browne family buy an old dairy farm overlooking Port Phillip Bay. The property is named Scotchmans Hill. The family starts planning to build the main house in 1978 with building finishing in 1980.
  • (1982) First vineyard is planted in 1982. A Riesling block at the foot of our Barrel Hall.
  • (1988) Scotchmans Hill Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett starts working at Scotchmans Hill as a Vineyard Manager.
  • (1992-1993) Scotchmans Hill wins its first Gold Medal at the Melbourne Wine Show for the Scotchmans Hill Pinot Noir
  • (1995-1998) Major development of winery. Among the upgrades was a new crusher and grape press. The Winery was also expanded with the building of the tank farm and the barrel hall. (The Current foundations.)
  • (2008-2010) Scotchmans Hill expanded their wine labels, adding labels for wines from South Australia (Henry Frost and Estella), New Zealand (Pebble Bay and Charlotte Sound) and Mornington Peninsula (Ferryman).
  • (2014) In 2014 Scotchmans Hill changed ownership from the Browne Family. A board made up of local families stepped in to buy Scotchmans Hill to ensure that the Winery stays locally owned.