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/
Timetables for the bus corresponding with the ferry are listed below:
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!
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.
(Click date to purchase tickets)
- Thursday 4th January 2018
- Tuesday 9th January 2018
- Thursday 16th January 2018
- Tuesday 18th January 2018
- Thusday 23rd January 2018
- Tuesday 25th January 2018
- Thursday 30th January 2018
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.
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.
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
Sunday November 12
Sunday November 26
Sunday December 10
$75 per person
Call our Cellar Door on 03 5251 4431 or purchase tickets here.
Terms & Conditions apply. Please read them carefully.
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
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 .
Sunday 22 October
12noon to 9pm
Wonderland Spiegeltent 699 Latrobe Street (corner Harbour Esplanade ) Docklands