Bendigo wine region
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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.

Hills and valleys
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.

On the grape vine
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.

Highlights

Winery with decking area

Harcourt Valley Vineyards

Savour big, full-flavoured handcrafted wines from mature estate vines, and big views over the vineyard from the large deck at the cellar door.

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Mandurang Valley Wines

Mandurang Valley Wines

Established in 1995, Mandurang Valley Wines offers home grown, hand-picked, estate vintaged and bottled wines in the the picturesque Mandurang Valley.

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Pondalowie Vineyards

Pondalowie Vineyards

Taste handcrafted, award-winning reds from Pondalowie Vineyards and Pinga Wines at this cellar door in the heart of Bendigo's arts precinct.

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Water Wheel Vineyards

Water Wheel Vineyards

Water Wheel produces high quality estate grown varietal table wines including cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc.

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Balgownie Estate

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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Lynnevale Estate

A winery and modern homestead style retreat located in the heart of the Bendigo wine growing region.

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Bress winery

Bress Wine, Cider & Produce

Bress is a beautiful biodynamic property producing a range of acclaimed wines, ciders and produce.

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Sandhurst Ridge in autumn

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.

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Blackjack Vineyards

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.

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