Wineries and breweries
Two wine regions overlap in Mitchell Shire:
- Upper Goulburn River Winegrowing Region
- Heathcote Winegrowing Region
Both regions are home to some of Australia’s oldest vines including centuries-old Shiraz and other varieties brought from France’s Rhone Valley such as Grenache, Mourcedre and Viognier. The area’s many varied microclimates produce some sensational wines including some unusual varieties such as Gamay and Malbec.
If wineries aren’t your thing, stop by the Tooborac Brewery and sample one of their award-winning beers while enjoying some local produce and taking in the breathtaking surrounds.
Brave Goose Winery
8803 Goulburn Valley Highway, Whiteheads Creek
Cellar door: By appointment
The Brave Goose Vineyard is tucked away in the foothills of the Tallarook ranges in Central Victoria. The initial plantings occurred in 1988, starting with Cabernet Sauvignon, followed by Shiraz, Merlot, Malbec, Gamay, and most recently Viognier. The soils are predominantly weathered ironstone loam, with very little topsoil, ideal for growing low yielding, top quality vines.
The family-run boutique vineyard produces all of the wines in a boutique cellar using traditional winemaking techniques. The reds are fermented in small open topped fermenters, followed by basket pressing, and maturation in quality French oak barrels.
80 Tooborac-Baynton Road, Tooborac
Cellar door: Open weekends and public holidays, 10am to 5pm, or by appointment
McIvor Estate has been producing great vinous things since 1997, and owners Gary and Cynthia Harbor have modelled their place on an Italian mixed farm, paying homage to Cynthia's Italian heritage. The property yields award-winning wines, an olive grove producing oils and fruit, and a small herd of Murray Grey breeding cows to keep an eye on things.
Merindoc Café and Cellar Door
2905 Lancefield Road, Tooborac
- Thursday and Friday 10am to 1pm (tastings only)
- Saturday and Sunday 10am to 4pm (Lunch 11:30am to 2:30pm)
The Merindoc Café and Cellar Door is located at Tooborac, the gateway to the Heathcote region, a short 90-minute drive from Melbourne CBD.
Take in the views of Tooborac’s beautiful rolling hills, while enjoying a relaxed lunch and a glass of award-winning Merindoc wine. Choose to dine outside in the garden or under the verandah in the summer, or sit by the cosy open fire in the winter, and enjoy the smell of homemade wood-fired pizza.
The kitchen team carefully prepare a seasonally inspired menu, with produce sourced from the organic kitchen garden, and Merindoc grown beef and lamb always a feature.
Rowanston on the Track Winery
2710 Burke and Wills Track, Glenhope
Cellar Door: daily, 10am to 5pm
Rowanston on the Track Winery is located on the northern foothills of the Macedon Ranges on the Burke and Wills track between Lancefield and Heathcote. The family-run boutique vineyard produces Shiraz, Riesling, Merlot, Rose, Sparkling Merlot, a sparkling white, Blanc de Noir and a Sparkling Pinot.
Consistently producing top quality boutique wines, all wines from Rowanston on the Track are hand-picked and made using traditional techniques, which include gentle crushing, open vat fermentation, and basket pressing, followed by maturation in oak barrels.
Shearasun Brewery — The Broadford Hotel
100 High Street, Broadford
Beer can be purchased from the Broadford Hotel.
Phone: 03 5784 1845
Tooborac Brewery and Hotel
5115 Northern Highway, Tooborac
This historical heritage-listed pub is family friendly pub with an onsite working brewery that produces award-winning craft beer and a kitchen that offers fantastic country style pub meals.
Enjoy a hand-crafted beer by the open fire or relax on the lawns and take in the breathtaking scenery. The old Cobb and Co stables brewery were refurbished in 2008 and now produce beers such as the Shearers, Stonemasons, Gunslingers, Ca$hed Up, Woodcutters and Blacksmiths. The brewery uses local produce and ingredients to brew clean unfiltered beer, making that truly local experience. Brewery Tours can be arranged by appointment.
Located 1 hour journey from Melbourne along the Northern Highway.
Wine X Sam
69-71 Anzac Avenue, Seymour
Wine by Sam was started by husband and wife team Sam Plunkett and Bron Dunwoodie in 2012.
Back then, Sam and Bron were leasing winery space in the Strathbogie Ranges. Today their winery home is in the centre of Seymour. While the winery is relatively young, Sam has been making award-winning wines in the region for more than 25 years. Contact Sam to arrange a first-hand taste of their winemaking philosophy while being shown around the winery.