Bellinzona, the historic boutique hotel in Hepburn Springs has recently opened a new onsite regional wine hub. ‘TASTINGS Cellar Door & Food’, is conveniently located at street level at the front of the venue. The concept for a hub, which affords visitors the opportunity to sample some of the region’s finest wines and produce all under one roof came with the strong support of Daylesford Macedon Produce, local winemakers and producers.
The name of the hub, ‘TASTINGS’ acknowledges that it is a showcase of the best produce the region has to offer. The cellar door, features local wines from Cleveland Estate and many other award winning boutique wines and liquor including, Rowanston on the Track, Hesket Estate, Knights Granite Hills, and Herbal Lore. TASTINGS also stock wines from Bellinzona’s sister property Balgownie Estate from Bendigo and the Yarra Valley.
The outlet provides a combination of a relaxing cellar door for wine tasting and a casual dining experience, where customers can chill out and enjoy the wood fire pizza, local cheese plates, charcuterie and tasting platters, as well as other local delights, or indulge with a gourmet High Tea or dinner in the Heritage restaurant. Groups are offered a special wine and lunch package seven days a week.
The beautiful natural beauty surrounding the property is the perfect backdrop for indulging in all that TASTINGS and Bellinzona offer. It can be cold in Hepburn Springs in the cooler months, however the open fires indoors are another inducement to enjoy the local Moto Bean specialty coffee or Slow tea. Also available are well known local goodies such as Des O’Tooles Honey, Pud Chocolates and much more sourced by the Daylesford Hamper Company.
Bellinzona is an established hotel rich in history that dates back to the 1800s. According to Bill Balcam, Managing Director of Bellinzona, “today the boutique hotel serves a variety of segments including short breaks, leisure stays, conferences, events and functions. Attracting visitors from Melbourne, inter-state and overseas, TASTINGS at Bellinzona is perfectly located and compliments the successful underground wine and produce hub at Cleveland Winery in Lancefield”.
TASTINGS CELLAR DOOR & FOOD Opening hours: Friday 2–6 pm, Saturday & Sunday, 12–5 pm. Wine tastings are priced at $5 for a choice of 6 wines or $10 for choice of 12 wines per person. Private/Group wine tasting events and lunch packages can be arranged.