Add this to your calendar! We have locked in the dates for our next Barrel Hall Wine Sale - to be held Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th May. The always popular sale will feature case specials on labelled & unlabeled stock across all your favourite varietals. Hope to see you there!
Fundraising in March - Chilwell Fair, St Joseph's Open Garden & Barwon Health Foundation's World's Longest Lunch
270 guests attended the Our Women Our Children Volunteers World's Longest Lunch event for the Barwon Health Foundation on Friday 16th March 2018. Over $58,000 was raised for the Kids Appeal!
For more information, head to: https://barwonhealthfoundation.org.au/
The Chilwell Fair is a highlight of the social calendar in Newtown, Geelong and the main annual fundraiser for Chilwell Primary School. There are over 350 students at this family orientated school which has a strong partnership with the community.
Previous Chilwell Fairs have raised funds for:
Synthetic resurfacing of the oval
Resowing of grass at front of school
New boundary fencing
Development of the ANZAC garden around the new statue
In 2018, the Chilwell Fair raised funds for:
Art Room – a permanent relocation and refurbishment.
TVs and installation to the new learning areas.
Air Conditioners (which are not provided in the building grant) – this will assist in creating a wonderful learning environment for the delivery of core curriculum, and a wide variety of extra curricular activities.
For more information head to: https://chilwellfair.com.au/
In 1979, one clever school mum came up with the idea of opening up the area’s most prestigious private homes to raise funds for St. Joseph’s Primary School.
The 39th annual Open Houses showcased five stunning homes and one incredible garden in Melbourne's Inner East -Astolat House.
All money raised will support the educational programmes at the small school.
For more information head to: http://www.openhouses.org.au/
The Melbourne Food and Wine Festival is an annual state-wide celebration of Victoria's food and wine industry. It attracts more than 250,000 attendees to a diverse program of over 200 events.
The festival started in 1993 and is now recognised as Australia's pre-eminent food and wine festival.
This year we are attending the opening weekend celebrations at River Graze City Cellar from Friday the 16th of March until Sunday the 18th of March on the banks of the Yarra. We will have a stall there for the full weekend, pouring our highly acclaimed Scotchmans Hill Chardonnay, recently rated 97 points by Halliday, as well as our new release Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Sauvignon Blanc.
For 3 days, you can experience the best of Victoria's wine regions without leaving the city. It's a perfect opportunity to relax with friends over a glass or you can buy bottles to stock up your home cellar. There will be live music and food from Mount Zero Olives & Salt Kitchen Charcuterie, with deli offerings and a seafood bar by Left Bank Melbourne.
Tasting glasses will be $15ea and can be purchased at the event.
Friday 16th March 4pm - 9pm
Saturday 17th March 12pm - 9pm
Sunday 18th March 12pm - 8pm
Settle in amongst the elegant surrounds of The Westin Melbourne's Lobby Lounge as you indulge in three tiers of sweet and savoury delights, incorporating the finest, seasonal Victorian fare.
Paired with 3 glasses of our Scotchmans Hill wine, including Jack & Jill Sparkling Cuvee Brut.
The High Tea is available each day of the festival from the 16th of March - 25th, 11.00am - 4.00pm. Reservations are essential. Call The Westin Melbourne on 03 96352222 or click here to book.
(All guests who attend this special MFWF event during the festival dates will go into the draw to win a VIP winery experience for two with return ferry transfers to Scotchmans Hill on the Bellarine Peninsula with Port Phillip Ferries, a private wine tasting in the new Cellar Door, a lunch platter & bottle of wine!)
The third event on the program we are attending is in collaboration with the Exchange Hotel – Port Melbourne.
On Sunday the 18th March they are running a Bayside End of Summer Beach Picnic.
Enjoy a picnic basket on the sands of Port Melbourne Beach under their pop-up pavilion, paired with our 2017 Swan Bay Cuveé Brut.
Each gourmet hamper for two includes:
• Coronation Chicken Salad
• Ham Hock and Horseradish Pies
• Salmon and Cucumber Finger Sandwiches
• Scotch Egg and Dijon Aioli
• Leek and Potato Quiche
• Pesto Potatoes
• Assorted Fruit Salad
• Battenberg Cake
Meet at the Exchange at the corner of Rouse St & Bay St. Everyone will collect their gourmet picnic baskets and will walk together to the beach, where the beach pavilion will be waiting.
The Exchange is an active part of the Port Melbourne community, and as part of their ongoing relationship with Port Melbourne Primary School, they will be donating a percentage of sales from the picnic to the school.
For more information, or to purchase tickets, click here.
We are one of the wine sponsors for Barwon Health's World's Longest Lunch on Friday the 16th of March. It will be held at Steampacket Gardens and will host over 250 guests. Each year, the wonderful event sees exceptional chefs and wineries come together to showcase local wines and regional produce in support of the community. This year, the popular event on Geelong's social calendar, will support the Kids Appeal Geelong; raising funds for a new kids rehabilitation centre for children and young people with traumatic brain injuries, stroke, spinal cord injuries and cerebral palsy.
We are proud to be able to donate to this cause.
The event has sold out - it usually sells out within minutes, but all of the details can be found by clicking here.
Our final event for the Melbourne Food and Wine festivities will be at Queenscliff Brewhouse on Friday the 23rd March, at the Regional Producers Dinner. Three of our finest wines will be matched to a five course degustation dinner held from 7.00pm - 11.00pm.
Our chief winemaker, Robin Brockett, will be attending to give a run down of our Scotchmans Hill 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Pinot Noir and 2016 Late Harvest Riesling on the evening.
We are very excited to play a part in this.
We are particularly keen to try the dessert paired with our Late Harvest Riesling - it's teamed with figs from the chef's tree, house made honey ice-cream and Edmond's local honey. Yum!
To book, click here or phone (03) 5258 1717.
We hope to see you at one of the events!
-Laura Schreurs @ Scotchmans Hill.
It was an exciting week at the winery! Thursday saw the beginning of the 2018 harvest, or ‘vintage’ for Scotchmans Hill. The first of the grapes were picked for sparkling and it will be a busy few weeks from here on in to get the grapes off the vines at the optimum time. Generally the first grapes that are harvested are Chardonnay or Pinot Noir grapes used for making sparkling wine.
It is crucial to pick the grapes at the right time, deciding when the perfect timing is, is based on several variables; the most important process to test if the grapes are ready is measuring the level of sugar in the juice.
Our winemaker, Robin has so much experience he can do this just by tasting the grapes, but to make absolutely sure the timing is right, we use a device called a refractometer to find out the sugar levels.
All of the grapes on our vines are so close to being ready! Generally red wine grapes are harvested after the whites but we now have to closely monitor the weather as hot days, humidity and rain all play a part in influencing when the grapes will be picked. Here’s hoping the weather stays dry for perfect harvesting conditions.
We had a wonderful day out serving our Swan Bay and Scotchmans Hill wines at the annual Apollo Bay Seafood Festival. Held over 3 days, from Friday the 16th of February to Sunday the 18th of February 2018, this year the festival was based in a new location, at the Apollo Bay harbour on the Great Ocean Road.
We participated on the Saturday which was 'Harbour Day, ' where patrons could meet the local fishermen and taste seafood straight from the source. The event boasted a vibrant program of entertainment and fun including family-firendly food vendors, demonstrations, displays, hands-on workshops and casting competitions.
We enjoyed seafood Paella from La Bimba filled with Portarlington mussels, calamari, pipis and chorizo. We also indulged in lobster rolls from the 'fish & chip' stall. They were to die for!
There were live bands and the weather was spectacular - a perfect day out on the Great Ocean Road.
The 2018 Apollo Bay Seafood Festival coincided with the 80th anniversary of the Apollo Bay Fisherman's Co-Op. It remains one of only three remaining operational fishing co-operatives in Victoria!
Can't wait to do it all again next year!
Resident musician Alex, will be playing a modern, mainstream acoustic set on the grass at the new Scotchmans Hill Cellar Door. Bring your friends & family to the winery for the afternoon Saturday the 20th January or for Australia Day on the 26th; and take in the spectacular views over the vines to the Melbourne skyline whilst you sip on wine, enjoy a Little Creatures Pale Ale, a platter and maybe even have a dance...
Alex will be playing tracks such as:
• Lose my Mind - Dean Lewis
• Dancing on my Own - Calum Scott
• How to Save a Life - The Fray
• Waves - Dean Lewis
Saturday the 20th of January from 3.00pm – 6.00pm
(Cellar Door is open from 10.30am – 4.30pm - extended trading hours for this date only.)
Australia Day – Friday the 26th of January from 1.00pm - 4.00pm
(Cellar Door open from 10.30am - 4.30pm)
190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale, VIC, 3222
Bookings for this event are recommended to avoid missing out on a table on the day. To secure your place, phone us on 03 5251 3176 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also pre-order a platter or two for your group. Our “Aussie” cheese and antipasto platters start at just $20.
To view the menu, head to: http://www.scotchmans.com.au/Cellar-Door/Menu
How to Get There/Travel arrangements:
For those of you who live in Geelong and would like to leave the car at home, Port Phillip Ferries are running services to Portarlington on Saturday the 20th of January. The ferry will leave Geelong at 3.15pm and arrive in Portarlington at 4pm.
We have a free bus that can take you to our Cellar Door from the end of the pier.
Bookings are essential. Phone us on 5251 3176 to arrange.
For more details about the ferry from Geelong to Portarlington, head to:
or to book your trip with Port Phillip Ferries, click here.
We are also the wine partner for the upcoming Apollo Bay Seafood Festival!
Come and visit us on Saturday the 17th of February for a glass of Scotchmans Hill or Swan Bay wine from 10am until late.
The festival runs from the 16th to the 18th of February 2018 and has a great range of things to do, including an oyster & champagne bar, live music, local seafood, craft beer, hands-on workshops & good times.
Tickets & info at apollobayseafoodfestival.com
For more information, head to their Facebook page.
Lastly, we are attending the Melbourne Food and Wine Festival City Cellar @ River Graze event.
See the banks of the Yarra River transformed into a food and wine lover’s playground with a series of culinary activations stretching the Southbank Promenade over the opening weekend of the Festival.
Friday 16th March: 4pm – 9pm
Saturday 17th March: 12pm – 9pm
Sunday 18th March 12pm - 8pm
More information to come!
Portarlington Wine Tours have a free courtesy bus available on weekends to take you to the best Bellarine Wineries. Pick up and drop off is in Portarlington and the bus can take you to Scotchmans Hill, Bennetts on Bellarine, Terindah Estate & Bellarine Estate Winery.
Be sure to book, as the service is very popular, by phoning: 0490 074 494.
Perfect if you are heading across Port Phillip Bay from Docklands, Melbourne with Port Phillip Ferries. Wander off the Portarlington pier and on to the your bus for a day out on the Bellarine - it will even take you back to the ferry for your return trip home.
Enjoy a wine tasting, sit back and relax on the terrace with a glass of wine and a cheese or antipasto platter and soak in the beautiful surroundings. The new Scotchmans Hill Cellar Door sits high on top of Mount Bellarine and overlooks the vineyards to Port Phillip Bay and the Melbourne skyline. A truly beautiful location to spend an afternoon.
Scotchmans Hill Cellar Door is open 7 days from 10.30am - 4.30pm.
For more information about Portarlington Wine Tours, head to: https://www.facebook.com/portarlingtonwinetour/
We had an absolute ball at the Portarlington Mussel Festival this year.
We were serving our Scotchmans Hill and Swan Bay wines.
Here are a few snapshots from the event.
For information on next years festival, click here.
Since its inception in 2007, the Portarlington Mussel Festival has grown year on year and now attracts around 30,000 people. Initially established to promote the Portarlington Mussel Industry, the festival now boasts a full day of activities including:
Art & Photo exhibitions
Classic car displays
Food & Wine producers
Products to try and buy!
Plus plenty of mussels!!!!
Hope to see you next year!