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Bendigo wine region

Bendigo's history is entwined with the 19th century gold rush, reflected in its glorious architecture and range of cultural attractions. While this is red wine country – home to now famous deep red shiraz and cabernet sauvignon – white wine lovers should seek out chardonnay and riesling.

Often referred to as the winemaker's region, here you are likely to meet vignerons with their sleeves rolled up, tending to their vines or working in the wineries.

The Bendigo wine region encompasses wineries in and around Bendigo, in nearby Bridgewater on Loddon, Marong, Mandurang, and in apple capital Harcourt.

Find wineries hidden in the picturesque hills and valleys around the region, many still operated by the families who founded them. Meet the winemakers, taste varieties, dine with a view of the vines, and make the most of the many cellar doors, which offer a casual, friendly atmosphere.

The first grape vines were planted here in 1856, just after the massive gold rushes. The climate of central Victoria, with its long hours of summer sunshine, coupled with deep soils, make it ideal for growing the robust, fully flavoured shiraz and cabernet sauvignon for which the region is famous. The area also produces chardonnay, riesling, sauvignon blanc and sangiovese, all of which bear distinct regional characters.

Time your trip to coincide with one of the region's popular food and wine events. Chat with local winemakers, attend master classes and dine out under the stars. Make your way down to Bendigo's Rosalind Park in autumn for the Bendigo Winemakers Festival or visit tranquil Belvoir Park Estate for the Belvoir Park Food and Wine Festival in spring.

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Bendigo wine region


Blackjack Vineyards

Specialising in big reds, the cellar door is well worth a visit, but ring before hand as it is only open while stocks are available.


Glenwillow Wines

Peter and the Fyffe clan are the owners, managers and workers at this quiet and attractive boutique vineyard, which is gradually gaining a cult...


Sandhurst Ridge

A small family operated vineyard nestled against a state forest in rural Marong. Taste award-winning wines in a relaxed cellar door environment.


Sutton Grange Winery

Established in 1998, Sutton Grange Winery was born from a lunch with local wine hero Stuart Anderson who acclaimed the site as perfect for vine...


Balgownie Estate Winery, Retreat & Restaurant

An award-winning winery established in 1969. The cellar door outlet boasts a wine tasting and sales area, cafe and wine musuem.


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