07 Mar Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Bellarine Peninsula
Jack Rabbit Vineyard – 85 McAdams Lane, BELLARINE
Give me a flagon of red wine, a book of verses, a loaf of bread, and a little idleness. If with such store I might sit by thy dear side in some lonely place, I should deem myself happier than a king in his kingdom. – Rubyait of Omar Khayyam
Lonely Planet has ranked the Bellarine Peninsula No 9 in its World’s Top 10 Best in Travel/Best Value Destinations 2017 list. Jack Rabbit is a hippity-hop MUST visit destination on the Bellarine Peninsula.
My Surf Coast Life & Co are on the tear to amp up Lonely Planet’s rating, after a recent visit to Jack Rabbit Vineyard. This is serious foodie and all things wine and divine Utopia. The only bad here is that we hadn’t discovered it sooner.
I’ve yet to see a photo shoot ANYWHERE of this slice of Bellarine Peninsula heaven that does justice to the vista, and the experience. There are simply not enough superlatives in the Best Bellarine Outlook department. You just HAVE to visit this one. Both Cafe and Restaurant are set high on the hill overlooking the bay, across Geelong to the You Yangs, and Melbourne, far off in the distance.
Executive Chef David Warmisham of Sails Beach Cafe Restaurant, Noosa, and the Geelong Waterfront’s The Beach House, is boss of all things delectable here. The fare at Jack Rabbit is 100% Australian contemporary cuisine. And if you’re anything like us post visit, you’ll be raving to family and friends – without drawing breath – about ALL of it here.
We chose to dine al fresco in the Jack Rabbit Cafe, and tucked into the king prawn salad with pickled green papaya, asian herbs and palm sugar dressing; tea-smoked Devon duck breast salad with fennel, grapefruit, greens, blood orange and mustard seed vinaigrette; and universally acclaimed Portarlington mussels in a crème white wine sauce with Zen crusty bread, with gusto. On the mussels front – the specials board displays the sauce of the day.
The Jack Rabbit Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting Room showcases a diverse array of award-winning, top-shelf cool climate wines. In the mix here – Sparkling Blanc de Blanc, Moscato, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Grigio, Riesling, Chardonnay, Rosé, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, and Shiraz Cabernet.
Award-winning winemaker, vigneron, and star of all things grape of the Geelong-Bellarine and surrounds vino region, Nyall Condon, is the big deal at Jack Rabbit. Nyall’s name was up there with the top 10 finalists for the Wine Society’s Young Winemaker of the Year Award in 2012.
The impressive list of stockists, including Melbourne’s famed Cutler & Co Dining Room & Bar, Bistro D’Orsay, Pomodoro Sardo, Sarti, Queenscliff’s Vue Grand Hotel, the RACV Torquay Resort – and too many to name here Surf Coast and Geelong top eateries – is testament to Nyall Condon’s esteem.
The service at Jack Rabbit is impeccable – a truly all things wine and food knowledgable and amiable crew is assured to look after you during your visit.
Oh, and did I mention la dolce vita? Life is to short!
Visit House of Jack Rabbit Cafe for wine tastings and sales; and casual breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Breakfast Saturday and Sunday only between 9:00am–11:30am.
Lunch 7 days a week.
Dinner Friday and Saturday evenings during Daylight Saving.
Group menu is available for 15-60 people.
À la Carte Indulge and Classic Menus are available in the restaurant only.
Reservation requests can be made via the Jack Rabbit website.