Between Christmas and New Year we did a road trip to Ballarat and had a couple of excellent cellar door experiences.  The first was with Ian of Mount Coghill Wines.  A tiny cellar door in the corner of his house, but some very well made Chardonnay and Pinot Noir – mid $20 price range.  I particularly liked the Pinot.  Ian opened a couple of back vintages for us to try – to show the variation between years.  He has special offers available at the cellar door.

Mount Coghill cellar door

The cellar door at Mount Coghill Wines

The second was in the town of Clunes.  Mount Beckworth Wines have opened their cellar door in a little shop on Fraser Street, and I think it was a really smart move.  I had never been to Clunes but found it charming.

Fraser Street in Clunes

Apparently it’s been one of the stars of several movies, including a Mad Max film.  All the Mount Beckworth wines are $20 or less.  I ended up buying the Shiraz, but that was after a good hour spent outside at one of their tables, drinking ice cold Chardonnay and watching Clunes go about its business.

Wines on offer at Mount Beckworh

So I came away from Ballarat really quite impressed.  Like the Mornington Peninsula, there is a Ballarat map which lists five cellar doors that are open on a regular basis, and a further five that are by appointment only.  Next time you’re in the area, do go and find one or two.

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