About Us

About Us

Our beliefs are simple and straight forward…
‘To handcraft exceptional estate grown wines.’

Peter and Lizette Kenny established Bellarine Estate in 1996 with the goal of producing premium Cool Climate wines on the Bellarine Peninsula.

The 100-acre property occupies the northern slopes of the hills between Drysdale and Portarlington overlooking Corio Bay. The vineyard is nestled in a valley that is sheltered from harsh winds, yet perfectly positioned to capture the sun’s rays. This true maritime climate provides warm days and cool nights which ensure a long, slow ripening season and fruit of exceptional quality. The area’s rich black basalt soils overlying a limestone base further accentuate the fruit flavours.

Bellarine Estate is planted to Savignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Viognier, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Merlot. We carefully tend and hand pick the fruit while allowing it to fully ripen, ensuring that the flavours and tannins reach maturity at the same time as the sugar reaches its required level.

We produce two labels. The Bellarine Estate label is one hundred per cent estate-grown fruit. The Portarlington Ridge label includes fruit from other growers in the region.

Since the first Vintage in 1999 our wines have continued to win high acclaim in Australia and overseas.

Realising there was also a niche market for beer on the Bellarine Peninsula, Two Wives Brewery was created. Established in 2007, the “Beer by the Bay” brewery produces exceptional quality ginger beer, ales and stouts. The beers are distinctly different, full of character and flavour as only quality microbrewed beer can deliver. This is beer with attitude, perfect for the first time beer drinker and loved by the mature palate of a seasoned connoisseur.

We have ample off-road parking and we are only 20 minutes by car from Geelong. The seaside resorts of Portarlington, Queenscliff, Ocean Grove and Barwon Heads are also close by.

Our friendly Bellarine Estate staff will be more than happy to discuss our wine and beer styles in our Cellar Door when you next visit the picturesque Bellarine Peninsula.

Extend your visit to Bellarine Estate by enjoying lunch in our Restaurant. Let Head Chef, Brett Mackay, take your taste buds on a journey of pure joy, completed by the accompaniment of one of our award winning wines or beers, with views over the vineyard and bay.

Group dinner bookings can be catered for on request (minimum numbers apply)

Telephone 52593355 for enquiries.