Local outlets:Cellar door - 1st and 3rd Sundays of each month, 11am-4pm
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Easthill Estate is a boutique cellar door in Kangaroo Ground that provides a unique rustic experience. Exquisite wines and a warm homely atmosphere provide a cellar door experience to remember. They have 'platters by preference' available to enhance your wine experience by selecting cheeses, crackers, dips and deli meats to create your own platter. In winter, they have a comforting wood fire inside their cellar door and, in the warmer months, tables and chairs in their grassed area overlooking the vineyard.
The vineyard has been planted in dark rich volcanic soil which nurtures and helps create exceptional wines.
Ken King commenced planting his Kangaroo Ground vineyard in 1990. Pinot Noir and Chardonnay varieties were chosen to suit the south facing site. Initially, the high quality grapes were sold to Yarra Valley wineries. In 2001, a well-equipped winery was built and the brand 'Kings of Kangaroo Ground' commenced. All wines are handcrafted, vegan compliant (no animal products used) and the grapes are pesticide free. Other grape varieties are now sourced from local 'black soil' growers and from a select vineyard in the Heathcote region. King's passion is driven by the pursuit of excellence that can be achieved through minimalist wine-making intervention, they want their wines to be at the pinnacle of this traditional craft.
Open during school terms only. The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday, 10am-1pm. In terms 1 to 3, The restaurant is open on Monday to Thursday, 6.30-9pm, during Terms 1-3. In Term 4, the restaurant is open on Monday and Tuesday, 6.30-9pm. Bookings essential.
ELTHAM College owns and operates a Hospitality Training Centre and fully-functional winery, cafe and restaurant called Swipers Gully. Young people in Years 8 and 9 operate the college coffee shop within the restaurant, with particular focus on Year 9 students exploring employment and work experience opportunities. The Centre also allows young people in Years 10, 11 and 12 to participate in a number of VET and VCE options as well as vocational certificates - with most of our young people participating in at least one. The Swipers Gully restaurant is open to the public, so come join us for a delicious meal and you will also be helping our students gain nationally accredited training qualifications in Hospitality. Guest Chef evenings are usually held twice a year, with a 5 course dinner matched to wines; they have previously featured renowned local chefs Stephen Mercer (Mercers, Eltham) and Gordon Brown (Brownkortes).
Swipers Gully Vineyard was established by Eltham College in 2002 with the aim of creating a boutique winery with an emphasis on producing small quantities of premium wine. Their vineyard is located on a 20 acre site, on which the vines currently occupy approximately 5 acres.
Local outlets:For sale by appointment - cellar door as part of Open Cellars of Nillumbik
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Watson's Creek Wines is a family-owned vineyard and winery in Kangaroo Ground, producing red wines from low-yielding, non-irrigated vines. The Cabernet Sauvignon and the Bordeaux blend (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec) are classic examples of the region's fruit-driven, oak-balanced fine red wines. This small winery in a bush setting is open by appointment, and annually in October at Open Cellars of Nillumbik.
Many day trippers take great delight in discovering the fresh produce and plants on offer in this nursery's roadside cart. Lemons, limes and herbs are available all year round. Seasonal produce includes pumpkins, blood oranges and grapefruit, as well as jams, fruit jellies and marmalade made from fruit from the property.