Overview

Bellarine Taste Trail

Treat your tastebuds to the best of the Bellarine Peninsula on the Bellarine Taste Trail. Visit wineries, farmgates, provedores, restaurants and cafes to savour the flavours of the region. Take a tour or make a weekend of it and map your own itinerary on a self-drive epicurean adventure.

Farmgates and provedores

Stock up on picnic and pantry goods along the trail – fresh seafood, farm-fresh vegetables and succulent seasonal berries. Pack an Esky and a picnic basket to bring home the gourmet bounty.

Buy the region's famous mussels and oysters fresh from Advance Mussel Supply and White Fisheries, and hot-smoked salmon at artisan smokehouse The Bellarine Smoked Fish Co. Pick your own berries at Tuckerberry Hill Berry Farm, or get fresh salad goods to go at Lonsdale Tomato Farm or the Farmer's Harvest. Add olives to your basket from your pick of groves: Lighthouse and Manzanillo.

Pick up the best fresh, local and regional produce from local farmers' markets, or purchase made-by-hand spices, dressings, condiments, granola and much more at Wildings Pantry Essentials. To find these all in one place head to the 'Tastes of the Region' room at the Queenscliff Brewhouse.

Restaurants and cafes

Leave the foraging and preparation to the experts and sample the best of the region's produce at the Peninsula's celebrated restaurants and cafes.

Get a taste of old-world charm and regional flavours at Queenscliff's Athelstane House, and tuck into dishes inspired by local produce in part-provedore, part-cafe favourites Saltbush Fine Foods and Annie's Provedore and Produce Store. The Q Train, degustation dining on the historic Bellarine Railway, is one for a special occasion.

For views, set your sights on 360Q at the Queenscliff marina or nearby RORO Cafe on the Beach, Merne at Lighthouse in Drysdale or At The Heads in Barwon Heads. 

A visit to gourmet goods purveyor Piknik will challenge your roadhouse diner preconceptions, and for pastry parcels, stop in for Rolling Pin Pies & Cakes.

Wineries, Breweries and Whiskeries

Sample an exciting range of cool-climate wines at the cellar doors of the peninsula's wineries. You'll find wineries large and small, pouring a tipple for all palates: Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, Zinfandel, Gewürztraminer, Shiraz, Viognier, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Cabernet Sauvignon.

Enjoy sweeping views across Swan Bay and cafe fare at Basils Farm, and pretty hinterland settings when you stay for lunch at award-winning winery restaurants like Scotchmans Hill, Leura Park Estate, McGlashans Estate and Oakdene. Pinot fans should make a beeline for Yes Said the Seal (located at the Flying Brick Cider House) to sample the 'best Pinot in Australia'.

Dawdle down MacAdams Lane with views of the You Yangs. Pull in at Jack Rabbit Vineyard or Terindah Estate, Bennett's on Bellarine or stop for local wines at Barwon Heads Winestore and Noble Rot Wine Bar, Point Lonsdale.

Cider, beer or whisky anyone? Flying Brick Cider House serves up the Bellarine’s own naturally crafted cider using traditional methods made from 100% fresh fruit, free from added sugars, colours or concentrates. Queenscliff Brewhouse is a craft beer haven with over 400 craft beers to try. It also consists of a whisky bar, regional tasting room, bistro and cellar door. Sister brewery Prickly Moses operates out of Otway Estate winery in Barongarook.

One of the newest kids on the block, The Whiskery is the home of Bellarine Distillery and their own Teddy and the Fox Gin.
Bellarine Taste Trails Logo, Geelong and the Bellarine Peninsula

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