Where to blend your own wine in Victoria
Get hands-on at these immersive wine blending and winemaking experiences.
Fancy yourself a fledgling winemaker or just love learning about your favourite drop? Test your palate and your vino appreciation skills with a wine-blending or immersive cellar-door masterclass at one of Victoria’s leading wineries. Whether you want to blend it like the Champenoise or feel like fortifying your own future, these are some of the best places in Victoria to soak up some wine skills.
Slides: Secret Art of Blending and underground barrel hall at Tahbilk, Brown Brothers' Milawa cellar door, Rochford Estate, Pizzini cellar door, The Shiraz Republic in Heathcote.
Seven of the best wine blending and winemaking experiences in Victoria
878-880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream
Grab your friends and get your wine critic on with a friendly vino blending competition at the Yarra Valley’s charming Rochford Estate. After a guided tasting, Rochford’s wine experts will provide you with tasting charts and aroma kits to help you blend your own winning bottle. Cost: $65 per person (minimum of four people).
795 White Hill Rd, Red Hill
Have an affinity for French fizz? Choose your own effervescent adventure at Foxeys Hangout in Red Hill on the Mornington Peninsula. In this intimate tutorial, winemaker Michael Lee will take you through the final stages of the sparkling wine process – including disgorgement (removing the lees), dosage (topping up with sugar and base wine) and corkage. You’ll get to taste the sparkling wines at varying levels of sweetness and create a bottle of bubbles made exactly to your taste. Cost: $65 for two people, including tastings and a take-home bottle.
While you’re there: Treat yourself to a night away at RACV Cape Schanck Resort, where on-site restaurant Cape was recently awarded a Chef’s Hat. Members save 25 per cent on accommodation. Members also get 15 per cent off cellar door purchases when they show their card at Dromana Estate or 15 per cent off take away wine and beer at Hickinbotham of Dromana.