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.
George 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 the estate residence in 1978 with building finishing in 1980.
1982 - 1986
The first vineyard was planted in 1982; a Riesling block at the foot of our Barrel Hall with the intention of bottling under the “Scotchmans Hill” brand. In 1983 plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Cabernet Franc, Merlot & Traminer were added.
1988 - 1990
Scotchmans Hill Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett starts working at Scotchmans Hill as a Vineyard Manager. In 1990 Scotchmans Hill produced its first true commercial vintage.
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. In 1996 Swan Bay Label launched using Bellarine Fruit.
2005 - 2010
Scotchmans Hill expanded their wine labels, adding labels such as "Henry Frost" from South Australia, "Charlotte Sound" form New Zealand and "Ferryman" form the Mornington Peninsula. In 2005 "The Hill" label was launched.
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.
Expansion of the Cellar Door commences. The first and only working Cellar Door on the Bellarine Peninsula.
The Estate Residence sees the inclusion of a restaurant and function area.
A new multi-function harvester is acquired for the winery.
Installation of a cutting-edge bottling line that uses state-of-the-art technology to take production to new heights with speed, efficiency, and overall quality.
2023 - 2024
Scotchmans Hill continues to provide employment on the Bellarine across a range of disciplines in the vineyard, winery, cellar door, hospitality and administration.