Looking out over the vineyards from Mt Duneed Estate's winery pod balcony.

4 luxe winery stays

Nothing beats a day trip out to a winery to enjoy a white-to-red gradient of tasting paddles, eat copious amounts of cheese and cured meats and naturally frolic in the vines in tipsy glee. Actually, one thing just might — winery stays.

Offering the perfect blend of indulgence and convenience, winery stays allow enthusiasts to fully embrace the vineyard experience without the hassle of transportation logistics.

With luxurious accommodations within walking distance of the cellar, you and your chosen few can seamlessly transition from wine tastings to a tranquil retreat, enhancing the overall enjoyment of award-winning wines in the heart of picturesque vineyard landscapes.

Geelong and The Bellarine is renowned for its abundance of award-winning wineries and cellar doors, but here is a list of those that offer overnight options.

 

Mt Duneed Estate

A chameleon winery, Mt Duneed Estate plays host to a multitude of different events and crowds from wedding goers to live music lovers for the mammoth music festival, A Day On The Green. Day to day, however, Mt Duneed Estate is a local go-to for their $29 lunch special and grape selection of both locally grown and regionally sourced wines.

Adding to the wine experience is their luxury king bed pods for overnight stays, including a continental breakfast, products from The Herbalist and a complimentary bottle of Blanc de Blanc sparkling wine. There are two options available that look out into different areas of the estate: the Vineyard Pod and the Olive Grove Pod.  For a little extra lusciousness, the Vineyard Pods have an outdoor bath overlooking our vineyard which sounds heavenly.

A bath tab fills with water, with a glass and bottle of wine sitting on top of it. The bath is at Mt Duneed Estate winery's accommodation pod.
Photo by Ryan Murch.

Coastal Glamp at Bellarine Estate

This family-owned, family grown and family-made, Bellarine Estate is a fixture of The Bellarine. With nearly 30 years of grape-growing experience, the Kenny family produce the most exquisite cool-climate wine. They also make Thirty Acres Distillery gin on site and a mean American BBQ feast.

Returning this November is the all-in experience of luxurious proportions of glamping with Coastal Glamp. Perfect for cosy couple stays, family treats and small group gatherings. What better way to experience the warm nights than overlooking Corio Bay, wine in hand, and a bonfire blazing. They also have outdoor games and a big screen for watching movies. Bliss!

A woman sits outside a bell glamping tent with a camera in hand. Gum trees and a winery are behind the tent.
Photo by Lauren Naree Photography.

McGlashan’s Estate Luxury Eco Villas

Located a stone’s throw from Adventure Park in the heart of The Bellarine, McGlashan’s Estate is a dreamy winery for weddings and day visits but their newly introduced luxury eco villas allow you to soak in the rows of vines from dusk until dawn on your private alfresco area. Not only can guests enjoy the cellar door with their house options and FarmDog Brewing gin or beer, guests of the luxury eco villas also receive complimentary wine tasting and guest rates on wine purchases. Bonus!

The view from the deck towards the winery at McGlashan Estate Eco Villas.

Oakdene Vineyards Guesthouse

Oakdene Vineyards is a boutique, family-owned vineyard on The Bellarine, known for its bold blends of award-winning wines. The estate houses the Manor Suite Wine Bar, their dedicated cellar door, Mr Grubb Café for casual eats, expansive gardens with quirky art, the olive groves for Lighthouse Olive Oil. To make the most of the grounds, eateries and award-winning wines, book a stay at the Guest House @ Oakdene, a beautifully restored 1920’s homestead with three themed bedrooms.

The external view of the Oakdene Vineyards heritage building.

Main image by Ryan Murch. Written by Tammy Walters. Originally published on fortemag.com.au

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