Fertile soil and the maritime climate make this region an ideal
place to grow things we eat and drink. These environmental factors
combined with the relaxed, easygoing nature of the region make it
less pretentious and earthier than other 'foodie' destinations in
Victoria and Australia.
The Geelong wine region boasts a winning combination of rich
terroir and cool climate, similar to the renowned French wine
regions of Bordeaux and Burgundy. The region consistently produces
high-quality wine, with more than 13 Geelong wines featured in
James Halliday's 'Australian Wine Companion 2012 - Best of the Best
There are diversities within the greater region, spread from the
maritime microclimate of The Bellarine and Surf Coast to the dark
volcanic topsoils and dry, sandy outcrops of the Moorabool Valley.
These sub-regional nuances add an intriguing, multi-faceted
complexity to Geelong wines.
More than 40 vineyards and cellar doors in the region welcome
visitors to sample their wine. Many also have restaurants, art
features or accommodation on site. Visit the Wine Geelong website
by clicking here.
The wine is terrific, but it's only part of the story in this
region. Some specialty produce has long been established in the
region, but some newer food product is beginning to make waves in
Bounded on three sides by water, fresh seafood has always been a
feature of the region. Recently this amazing product has become
even more accessible with the emergence of local fisheries,
provedores and fishermens cooperatives selling direct to the
public. Portarlington mussels and Apollo Bay crayfish have
long-standing reputations among the local food and restaurant
The rolling hills of the hinterland, volcanic plains and lush
peninsula soil are growing all sorts of delicious treats. There are
olive groves producing some of Victoria's best fruit and oil, berry
farms where the family can roll up their sleeves and pick their own
- the taste of fruit freshly picked by your own hand is
Other foods are emerging too - cheese, hydroponic vegetables,
eggs and other meat products are being grown locally and, in many
cases, featured on the menus of local eateries.
Many of the food and wine experiences in the region have been
packaged up into neat touring routes, complete with maps and
information about their specific area. The Bellarine Taste Trail and
Otway Harvest Trail are worth
exploring. Call into a visitor information centre for a guide.