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St Regis Winery & Vineyard

10 Jun

St Regis Winery & Vineyard Cellar Door

If you love a bit of rustic charm at a winery, then St Regis is for you. It’s a bumpy drive up to the Cellar Door on the unsealed road, the bush scrub blocking any view of what is ahead. Finally something comes into view and as you swing around into a car park you notice the signs directing you to the Cellar Door.

It was a cold and rainy day when I presented at the St Regis Cellar Door. But, Peter Nicol owner and wine maker, was more than happy to step aside from his work in the winery to indulge me in a sip or two or three!

The intimate Cellar Door is a lovely room with a vista out to the vines. The Cellar Door is just big enough for you to enjoy you tasting without someone breathing down your neck and just small enough to engage in a conversation as you survey the room and outlook. The walls are lined with interesting artwork of African animals sipping on glasses of wine – well, why not, of course all creatures great and small should have the right to enjoy fine wine! Strange as they are, they make for interesting conversation about why they grace the walls of the Cellar Door. Yes, I could tell you myself, but I suggest the story is much more authentic coming from Peter.

There are three wines to taste – a Shiraz, a Chardonnay and a Pinot Noir. Not being a Chardy fan, I was tempted to skip the Chardonnay until Peter informed me of its award winning status. Surprisingly, it was very pleasant and on a warm sunny day I could quite easily picture myself sitting outside the cellar door perched at a table under the grapevine covered pergola, soaking up the warmth, enjoying the vista and getting myself to the end of a bottle! But as it was a dreary day with no sun to enjoy I instead had Peter box up half a dozen of the 2008 Shiraz.

St Regis is a small family run boutique winery, they don’t have a team of sales reps heading out to every bottle shop requesting they stock their wines, so unfortunately if you want to get your hands on some you’ll need to head out to the Cellar Door yourself. There is one exception; Highton Cellars, clearly they know a good thing when they see taste it, so I am assured you can find St Regis wines there if you simply cannot make it all the way out to the Waurn Ponds Cellar Door.

St Regis Winery & Vineyard


Self-appointed winery tour challenge

5 Jun

One of the nicest things about living in a recognised wine region is the opportunity to skip the mass-produced, widely distributed wines and instead quaff on something that has been cultivated closer to home. The Geelong wine region is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia and has a range of red and white varieties on offer.

The region cannot claim recognition like McLaren Vale or the rustic character of Rutherglen. You won’t find the big brand and big production wineries but you will find charming, boutique, family run operations that ooze charm and produce beautiful Pinot, Shiraz and Chardonnay varieties.

So determined am I to show off the region to you that I have decided to embark on self-appointed challenge to visit every publicly accessible winery in the region. Geelong Wine distribute a map of the region which I will use plan my assault. At this point, I should mention that I am no wine officianardo, and I have no  intention of blogging a running commentary of my amateur tasting notes. I’ll leave that to the professionals.

I’ll be kicking off my first Geelong winery visit this week by heading out to Waurn Ponds and the St Regis Vineyard & Winery.