Head north-west of Geelong and discover a surprising new food and wine trail that’s sure to have foodies flocking in no time.
While Moorabool Valley has long been recognised as a premier cool climate wine region, it wasn’t until recently that local food producers were able to match the quantity and quality of goods required to justify a bonafide food trail.
Officially launched in March, the focus of the Moorabool Valley Taste Trail is on celebrating the authenticity of the producers and winemakers, and ensuring the ongoing success of the region’s produce.
It’s this undeniable sense of community and togetherness that makes the Moorabool Valley Taste Trail so appealing; with owners of the wineries, farms and restaurants more than happy to share their knowledge of the region, and why it’s yielding award-winning wares (Hint: it’s all to do with the incredible quality of the soil).
So before this burgeoning trail is firmly on the map of gastronomic visitors, be sure to head to the Moorabool Valley and check out a few of these top-notch establishments.
Voted best small cellar in the Geelong region at the Gourmet Traveller Wine Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards, and having won gold at the Sommelier Wine Awards in London, they don’t come much more revered in the Moorabool Valley than Lethbridge Wines.
The purpose-built straw bale winery is the ideal location to taste the Pinot Noir and Chardonnay the region is so famous for, and if you’re lucky owners/winemakers/former PHD scientists Ray Nadeson and Maree Collis will be on hand to talk (and taste!) you through their blueprint series of Italian varieties.
CLYDE PARK VINEYARD AND BISTRO
With vines first planted in 1979, Clyde Park has flourished thanks to an emphasis on sustainable practices and now boasts 40 acres of vines.
Solar panels, free-range chickens and organic compost are just some of the environmentally-friendly ways owners Terry Jongebloed and Sue Dixon run the property, which also hosts weddings, events and features a first-rate bistro.
AUSTINS & CO
Get the full winery experience at Austins & Co, a second-generation business intent on educating visitors about the area, showcasing what they produce and building brand awareness.
With a 150 acre vineyard, pop-up cellar door and sheep roaming the property, it’s not a bad spot to learn about what this family-run farm is achieving.