Ballarat Wine Region


Sure, Ballarat is best known as a high yielding gold boom town in the 1800s, but once they got their gold, what do you think people spent it on? Admittedly, we’re not really sure, but go there today for some out-of-this-world pinot noir, chardonnay, riesling and sparkling wines.

You’re likely to be greeted by charming boutique winemakers who will give you a bespoke introduction to their wines and a personal account of how they were made and their history. (Many cellar door tastings are by appointment only — so phone ahead).  Get there by travelling just over 100 kms west-north-west from Melbourne.

Kaz says: Ballarat has one of the largest populations for an inland Australian city. November is the perfect time to visit. The annual Ballarat by the Glass wine weekend starts on the Melbourne Cup Weekend and runs through to the end of November with events at the region’s cellar doors. Also in November, Ballarat Good Food is a month of wining and dining experiences.