Many of our dining, wedding, or corporate patrons are touring the Daylesford region and enjoying the fabulous scenery, activities and produce of the famed Spa Region.
The Hanging Rock Winery was established in 1983 and is located in Australia’s coolest grape growing region; The Macedon Ranges, just an easy one hour drive from Melbourne.
In 1982 with a wealth of knowledge behind them, John & Ann Ellis decided to purchase a block of land to fulfill their ambition to building their own winery. The bare block they chose, known as ‘Jim Jim’ was ideal – ultra cool climate, south facing with decomposing basalt soil – a perfect site for realising their dream of producing Australia’s finest sparkling wine.
The first vines were planted at Curly Flat in 1991 and with progressive plantings the vineyard is now 14 hectares (33 acres) – principally Pinot Noir with some Chardonnay and a little Pinot Gris.
A new winery was constructed in time for the April 2002 vintage. The original homestead, built in 1890’s, has been extensively renovated to host wine tastings and other wine related events.
The cellar has a cosy wood heater to keep you warm in winter or on warmer days, relax in the pavilion overlooking the lake and stunning rock art water feature designed by a local stone artist.
Visitors are invited to enjoy rustic regional food from the wood fired oven. Seasonal regional produce platters with freshly baked bread from the wood fired oven, wood fired pizzas or wood fired roasts and vegetables. The Alan Scott designed wood fired oven is a feature of the outdoor area.
Balgownie Estate is one of Australia’s great small vineyards famed for its long lived Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and the Cellar Door is the place to start your experience.
Today, a visit to Balgownie Estate Bendigo, takes you through a driveway lined with olive trees and vineyards. Further along sits the original cottage and high pitched roof winery, surrounded by rugged gnarly iron bark and box gum trees. The cellar door boasts a wine tasting and sales area, a café, and wine museum.
Other Local Wineries
- Tomboy Hill – Details available at our visitors desk
- Patrickes Vineyard – Details available at our visitors desk
- Sailors Falls Estate – Details available at our visitors desk
- Pondoalowie Vineyards – Details available at our visitors desk
- Peregrine Ridge Vineyards – Details available at our visitors desk
- Mt Franklin Estate – Details available at our visitors desk