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15 December 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Bay Cruise and Tasting - January 2018

For the month of January, Scotchmans Hill Winery and Port Phillip Ferries are offering you the opportunity to cruise across Port Phillip Bay from Docklands, to enjoy an afternoon at the prestigious, award-winning Bellarine winery, Scotchmans Hill.

Dates Available:

(Click date to purchase tickets)


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.


Timeline -

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. 

Time Posted: 15/12/2017 at 4:00 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
27 November 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Barrel Hall Wine Sale - This Weekend at the Winery!


In case you missed out, it’s on again!

Due to demand we are running the last barrel hall sale of the year. Case stock is limited so get in quick.

We will have some fantastic vintage ends, and unlabelled cases at clearance prices – all to make room for the delicious new vintage wines the winemaking team are working on. Most wines will be available to taste so get in early to get the pick of your favourites.

Oh and while you’re down this way, maybe a glass of Scotchmans and a cheese platter at our new cellar door wouldn’t be a bad idea.

The Scotchmans Hill Barrel Hall Wine Sale runs Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd December, 10am - 5pm at Scotchmans Hill Winery: 190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale Victoria 3222.

Time Posted: 27/11/2017 at 1:47 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
20 October 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Bay Cruise & Private Tasting

 

Cruise across the bay to the savour some of the oldest and most renowned wines of the Bellarine. Journey in comfort on board Port Phillip Ferries, to be delivered to the coastal town of Portarlington. 

A courtesy bus will be waiting at the pier to deliver you to Scotchmans Hill Winery. As you arrive you’ll admire breathtaking views over the vineyard and Port Phillip Bay.

In an intimate private tasting experience, you will enjoy 2 brackets of wine, including some exclusive wines. 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 at Scotchmans Hill to learn about our unique terroir. From the vineyard it’s straight to our Private Tasting Room perched above Scotchmans Hill’s new Cellar Door where you will enjoy a tutored tasting of two brackets of 5 wines whilst looking back towards Melbourne. Enjoy the different wines with a delicious lunch of freshly made platters of antipasto and cheese, and try a few different pairings!

After the private tasting, the courtesy bus will take you to a second winery on the Bellarine Peninsula (destination subject to availability) where you can sample more wines and purchase more food if you wish.

Price includes return ferry ticket from Docklands, Melbourne, transport to the winery, the private tasting experience and tasting at a second winery.

Once private tasting concludes the courtesy bus will take you to visit another local winery in the region, before heading back to Portarlington.

11am Depart Docklands on the ferry

12.30 pm Arrive Portarlington

1 pm Arrive Scotchmans Hill

2.30 pm Private tasting experience concludes

Depart Scotchmans Hill for second tasting at another winery

3:45 pm Depart second winery and return to Portarlington Pier

4.15 pm Ferry departs Portarlington back to Docklands.
 

This exclusive experience is limited to 20 people

DATES

Sunday November 12
Sunday November 26
Sunday December 10

$75 per person

BOOKINGS ESSENTIAL
 
Call our Cellar Door on 03 5251 4431 or purchase tickets here.


Terms & Conditions apply. Please read them carefully.

 

Time Posted: 20/10/2017 at 12:08 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
20 October 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Cruise Wine Dine is Back by popular demand

 

The 2nd Geelong to Portarlington, Cruise. Wine. Dine. Sunset event is set for Nov 11.

The first event with Port Phillip Ferries and Terindah Estate was an absolute blast! With people already on the wait list, we recommend getting in early for this one.

Join us for the stunning voyage from Geelong to Portarlington on board Port Phillip Ferries.
 

Cruise along the bay taking in the sights and sounds around you. Heading towards Portarlington you’ll spy the Bellarine hills and vineyards and journey past the famous mussel farms of the region. Arrive in Portarlington and take a stroll down the pier to your courtesy bus.

Enjoy a short scenic drive along the Esplanade and local area in anticipation for your arrival at the iconic Scotchmans Hill Winery. Appreciate a unique wine experience led by passionate staff, and local tasting platters in the recently opened cellar door, set in the old French Provincial farmhouse.


 

Next you’ll be chauffeured to the boutique winery of Terindah Estate. Here you will enjoy a leisurely two-course dinner and wines in “The Shed”. With floor to ceiling glass walls, you’ll be inundated with panoramic views and spectacular vistas across the bay.

As the sun begins to set on a day light savings evening, the ferry will depart Portarlington in time for your arrival back to beautiful Geelong by 9pm.

With a wait list from the first event, we suggest you get in quick.

$120 all inclusive of: Return ferry trip. Wine tastings and tasting platters at Scotchmans Hill. Two course dinner and wine at Terindah Estate. Transfers to wineries and being part of this amazing maiden voyage.

Board 3pm for a 3.15 sharp departure from Geelong. Board 8pm for an 8.15pm sharp departure from Portarlington

Buy Tickets


 

Time Posted: 20/10/2017 at 9:46 AM
Scotchmans Hill
 
19 October 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Docklands FREE Blues Festival Sunday 22nd October

Don't miss the Free Blues Festival sponsored by @cityofmelbourne this Sunday 22nd Oct at Wonderland Spiegeltent!

🎷 nonstop music from 12 noon to 9pm

🚚 food trucks

🍷 bars with Scotchmans Wine

This year’s festival sees a great all Australian line up of local and interstate artists.

Located in the nostalgic Wonderland Spiegeltent at its new pop location of 699 Latrobe Street, the FREE EVENT proudly supported by City Of Melbourne features an all-star all blues line up, indoor and outdoor stage, food trucks and licensed bars.

Melbourne, Sydney and Adelaide based emerging and established Blues bands headline the main stage in the Spiegeltent and the solo artists on the outdoor stage. 
The all star line up from 12 noon in the Spiegeltent features The Johnny Reynolds Band, Sweet Felicia & the Tradies, Steve Boyd’s Rum Reverie, Bonnie Kay & The Bonafides, Paulie Bignell & The Thornbury Two, Dreamboogie, The Three Kings and Catfish Voodoo.

Blues Garden Stage from 12noon will feature Steph Fischer-Ivancy, Bill Barber, Jarrod Shaw, John McNamara, Anna Sconti and Nick Charles .

EVENT DETAILS

Sunday 22 October
12noon to 9pm
FREE EVENT
Wonderland Spiegeltent 699 Latrobe Street (corner Harbour Esplanade ) Docklands

www.docklandsbluesmusicfestival.com.au

Time Posted: 19/10/2017 at 4:48 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
8 September 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Toast to Coast 2017

Toast to Cast 2017 Geelong

Spring is officially underway, with the emergence of new budburst and the smell of spring in the air, it’s the perfect time for the Geelong wine region’s major annual food, wine and music festival, Toast to Coast.

Gather your friends and family and join us for a great weekend celebrating the Geelong Wine Region, taking place over the Melbourne Cup weekend.

This year at Scotchmans Hill we are opening up the doors our Barrel Hall - a great space nestled in among the wine barrels and surrounded by the smell of French Oak.

Sample your way through our award winning Scotchmans Hill and Swan Bay wines and then continue the festivities with some tasty food and live music.
 

Ben Mitchell

Live Music all weekend by Ben Mitchell
 

To find out what’s happening over the Toast weekend and to get hold of your tickets, visit the Wine Geelong website at www.winegeelong.com.au/toast-to-the-coast/

Scotchmans Hills Toast opening hours
10am-5pm
Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th of November.

 

Time Posted: 08/09/2017 at 1:17 PM
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8 September 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Geelong Maiden Voyage - Oct 7

Geelong Maiden Voyage Cruise Wine Dine

Cruise. Wine. Dine. Sunset

Saturday October 7th.

Join the Port Phillip Ferry crew for the maiden voyage from Geelong on board Port Phillip Ferries.

Cruise along the bay taking in the sights and sounds around you.

Heading towards Portarlington you’ll spy the Bellarine hills and vineyards and journey past the famous mussel farms of the region. Arrive in Portarlington and take a stroll down the pier to your courtesy bus.

The short drive will take your past the Spring canola fields and views back towards the You Yangs, before arriving at the iconic Scotchmans Hill Winery. Enjoy a unique wine experience led by passionate staff, in the recently opened cellar door, set in the old French Provincial farmhouse.

Next you’ll be chauffeured to the boutique winery of Terindah Estate. Here you will enjoy a leisurely two-course dinner and wines in “The Shed”. With floor to ceiling glass walls, you’ll be inundated with panoramic views and spectacular vistas across the bay.

As the sun begins to set on a day light savings evening, the ferry will depart Portarlington in time for your arrival back to beautiful Geelong by 9pm.

$110 all inclusive of: Return ferry trip. Wine tastings at Scotchmans Hill. Two course dinner and wine at Terindah Estate. Transfers to wineries and being part of this amazing maiden voyage.

Board 3pm for a 3.15 sharp departure from Geelong. Board 8pm for an 8.15pm sharp departure from Portarlington.

Purchase tickets 

Time Posted: 08/09/2017 at 1:13 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
3 August 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

2018 Halliday Wine Companion Results

Halliday Wine Companion Wine Results

The wines have been tasted, and the results are in!

James Halliday and his team clock up hundreds of hours in the tasting room to bring us their definite guide of wine insights on nearly 10,000 Australian wines from 1237 wineries around Australia.

We’re also thrilled to have retained our highly coveted Five Red Stars, Red Name Winery rating, and Top 100 Winery which ranks us among the top wineries in Australia. This year 13 of our wines scored 94 points or over, and four of those were acknowledged as exceptional value.



A huge congratulations to Robin Brockett, Marcus Holt, Peter Armstrong and our extended winemaking and vineyard team on a fantastic result!

Amongst our successes we are also proud of the points allotted to Scotchmans Hill's Jack and Jill, exclusive on-premise range. With the Pinot Noir and Shiraz scoring 95 points and the Sauvignon Blanc & Chardonnay scoring 94 points.




Not all of the wines above wines have been released,
the list below provides a list of all current vintages and associated Halliday Points.

Time Posted: 03/08/2017 at 7:43 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
1 July 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Winter Shiraz Weekend

Winter Shiraz Weekend Bellarine Bellarine Peninsula

 

Winter SHIRAZ WEEKEND at SCOTCHMANS HILL
Bellarine Peninsula, GEELONG

SATURDAY 8th & SUNDAY 9th July, 10am – 5pm

Celebrate 35 years of Scotchmans Hill and with us on the Winter Shiraz Weekend in our Barrel Hall and our new Cellar Door!

In the Barrel Hall we’ll have home-grown singer-songwriter Ben Mitchell, home-cooked beef brisket by local gems PikNik and of course our delicious estate grown Shiraz!

If you haven’t visited our new Cellar Door yet, take the car up to the top of the hill to enjoy the breathtaking views, warm fireplace, comfy couches, and enjoy a Shiraz. 

Or if you just want to sip, be the first to enjoy a glass of our unreleased 2016 premium Shiraz straight from the barrel!

FOOD

In the Barrel Hall PikNik will have mouth-watering slow-roasted beef brisket rolls with their famous tomato relish, or a delicious mild vegan curry to warm you up. Cheese and antipasto platters will also be available in the Cellar Door. All food available on Saturday and Sunday..

MUSIC

Australian singer-songwriter, Ben Mitchell will be performing his unique genre-hopping blend of indie-pop/rock, country, blues and folk. Time Out UK said that Ben’s music “Calls to mind the songsmithery of Neil Finn and Ben Harper.” See Ben both Saturday and Sunday from 12pm to 4pm.

Please call our celalr door on (03) 5251 3176 or email cellardoor2@scotchmans.com.au

Time Posted: 01/07/2017 at 1:14 PM
Scotchmans Hill
 
2 June 2017 | Scotchmans Hill

Barrel Hall Wine Sale - Queens Birthday Long Weekend

SCOTCHMANS HILL BARREL HALL WINE SALE
SATURDAY 10 & SUNDAY 11 JUNE
10AM – 5PM

One of the benefits of living in a region with such beautiful vineyards and wineries is definitely the access to special events and promotions - especially those times when the winemaker decides it’s time to clear-out the warehouse.

We are opening up the doors to our winery cellar / barrel hall for another special wine sale on Saturday 10th and Sunday 11th June. We will have some fantastic back-vintage specials, vintage ends, and unlabelled cases at clearance prices – all to make room for the delicious new vintage wines the winemaking team are working on.

Some of the wines also included will be an award winning Shiraz, a few varietals from ‘over the ditch’ as well as a range of delicious Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Sangiovese and Sauvignon Blanc. Most wines will be available to taste so get in early to get the pick of your favourites.

Our Barrel Hall Sale is a great opportunity to stock up the cellar for winter. While we’re not too enthusiastic about the inevitable chill, the prospect of winter doesn’t seem so bad if you picture yourself in your favourite chair by the fire with a warming glass of wine.

Visitors can follow the wine barrels and wine tanks through the confines of the winery to the barrel hall room - a great space nestled in among the wine barrels and surrounded by the smell of French Oak, and a grassy area with a view of the vineyard to boot.

We will also have a selection of retired wine barrels available for sale - both full sized and halves - on the day. It’s first in best dressed for the wine barrels, so be sure to get in early.

Scotchmans Hill Winery: 190 Scotchmans Road, Drysdale Victoria 3222

Saturday 10 and Sunday 11 June, 10am - 5pm

Time Posted: 02/06/2017 at 9:07 AM