21 Oct Bellbrae Estate Wines – Bellbrae
BELLBRAE ESTATE WINES – 520 Great Ocean Road – BELLBRAE
Had ‘that crazy feeling’ first foot over the Bellbrae Estate threshold. From that rare angel side of Lou and The Velvet Underground’s Sunday Morning greeting to the sun-shiny counter welcome – good vibrations from the get-go. If you’re looking for soul food and a place to eat – and taste test some top-notch local vino in the mix – Bellbrae Estate Wines and Café won’t disappoint.
The cauliflower and blue cheese soup was a light and luscious smash. Longboard Pinot Gris was the suggested accompaniment. Big Brother went the Bird Rock Pinot Noir. Both excellent. If a Sav Blanc is more your bent, the Southside Sauvignon is up-there shiny and bright.
This winery is deserving of its Halliday Top 5 Star rating, and you’ll find a good selection of wines ticking the 93 category. Naturally, not everything the chalk board here recommended was sampled first time around. A good excuse for a not-far-off planned revisit with family and friends for a little more show-and-tell.
Engaging and cheerful behind-counter team; well informed about the provincial delights on offer – great mix of cheeses – local, or not too far from it – patés, terrines, condiments, kimchi, coffee, and a plethora of take‑home treasures. Menu is a compliment to the tasting experience – Surf Coast and country cool, fresh, light – and Sunday Morning just-right.
Spotless-clean; comfortable inside-and-out seating; tables atop with Surf Coast flora. Love that. And the soundtrack…
Fifteen or so minutes from Torquay. Five minutes from Bells Beach. If the mood strikes, take a walk on the wild side post visit.
Watch out the world’s behind you… Lou Reed