Heathcote Cellar Doors Guide

Heathcote Wine Tour

Exploring Heathcote Cellar Doors

Many wine drinkers around the country will have enjoyed a Heathcote Shiraz at some stage, however not many people have taken the time to visit this up and coming region. It’s location 90 minutes directly north of Melbourne makes it easy to get to, however due to the wine region being between the Calder and Hume highways it’s definitely a hiddem gem that you have to seek out.

Top tips for exploring Heathcote wine region –

  • Visit on a weekend when more of the cellar doors are open.
  • If you are coming from Melbourne, make your first stop a winery in the Southern part of Heathcote like Burke & Wills or McIvor Estate.
  • Lunch options are limited however The Shiraz Republic does pizzas and the Heathcote Inn which is centrally located in town does fantastic food and has a cellar door attached serving Chalmer Wines.
  • After lunch aim to visit the wineries at the top end of the Northern Hwy and then work your way back to Heathcote. This will mean your travel time back to Melbourne is reduced.
  • A lot of wineries in Heathcote open at 10am which is great if you only have time for a half day visit.
  • If your time is limited there are fantastic options in town for a wine tour with Heathcote Wine Hub, Heathcote Winery, Chalmers Cellar Door (located upstairs at Heathcote Inn) Palling Bros Brewery are all located along the main street of Heathcote.

Below are some photos I’ve taken from a couple of recent trips to Heathcote.

Shiraz Republic - Heathcote Wine Tour
The trusty Bedford Truck at The Shiraz Republic adds to the rustic & relaxed pace here.
Condie Estate Kelpie - Heathcote Wine Tours
The welcoming committee at Condie Estate
The road to Shiraz Republic - Heathcote Wine Tour
Gravel roads lead to amazing wines in Heathcote.
Tellurian Estate driveway to the cellar door - Heathcote Wine Tour
The long driveway to Tellurian Estate is my absolute favourite in Victoria.
Sheep are a common sight between the vineyards.
My guests enjoying a backstage pass at Tellurian Estate.
Tellurian Estate’s new sit down tasting experience is proving really popular. Try four red wines, four white or a mix for $10. Also consider a flight of aged marsanne or shiraz for $15 and $20 respectively.
Shiraz vines and sheep – Heathcote’s two most common sites.
The Shiraz Republic is definitely not your typical cellar door. Guests can enjoy a wine or beer by the fire or enjoy a game of pool.
Lindsay Ross the owner and winemaker at The Bridge is a fantastic character.
Richie Condie the owner and winemaker at Condie Estate is always keen to share his wealth of knowledge.
Wine tasting at Burke and Wills - Heathcote Wine Tour
Hospitality taken to a new level at Burke & Wills where you are invited into their home.
Central Victorian landscapes.
The clydesdale Burke and Wills Estate - Heathcote Wine Tour
Mr Burke, the resident Clydesdale at Burke & Wills Winery.
Heathcote Winery’s cellar door is conveniently located in the main street of Heathcote
The view from the new cellar door at Peregrin Wines views are incredible.
Peregrine Ridge’s 2005 Museum Release Shiraz is a crowd favourite!
Kangaroos amongst the vines at Silver Spoon Estate.
Palling Bros Brewery is a new craft brewery located in central Heathcote
Heathcote Gin - Enjoy Gin on a Heathcote Wine Tour
Heathcote Gin have taken over the old Heathcote Estate cellar door in the main street of Heathcote. As of November 2019, it still isn’t open yet but should be soon! You can also try their gins at the Heathcote Wine Hub
The Heathcote Wine Hub in the main street of Heathcote is a fantastic stop as most of the region’s producers have their wines on tasting in here. It’s also open to 6pm on Saturdays.
Jane from She-Oak Hill Vineyard in Heathcote is an absolute gem. We cooked a BBQ here and sat down and enjoyed her stories and wine for a good couple of hours.
Post tasting group shot at She-Oak Hill Vineyard.
Premium Shiraz grapes almost ready to harvest.
Located in central Heathcote township a visit to Michel Chapoutier cellar door is highly recommended.
Behind the scenes at M.Chapoutier cellar door.
Madeleine from Vinea Marson is an incredible host and the antipasto platters here are delicious.

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