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 ready to drink cocktails on the Bellarine Peninsula, Shaken Not Stirred was created. Established in 2017, we produce exceptional quality RTD style Espresso Martinis, Cosmopolitans, Mojitos and Margaritas with more to join the range soon. These are all available in 187ml bottles

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.

We offer a Free Shuttle bus to and from the Portarlington Pier every Saturday and Sunday to meet the Port Phillip Ferry from the Docklands.

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

Telephone 52593355 for enquiries.

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