Winner - Australia's Best Cellar Door Awards
Gourmet Traveller Wine has just announced the results of their Australia’s Best Cellar Door Awards, with Oakdene winning the ‘Star Cellar Door’ for the Geelong Region.
Gourmet Traveller Wines team of experts visited hundreds of cellar doors throughout Australia, to determine the standouts in every region. Here is what they said about us.
‘It’s hard to decide what is more outrageous, the upside-down house that operates as a cellar door or the interpretative sculpture junk tree in the driveway fused together with vineyard flotsam and jetsam. Oakdene is definitely unique in its decorating, courtesy of co-owner Elizabeth Hooley, but the quirky décor is proving to be a huge draw card for the Bellarine Peninsula winery. The wines, however, deserve equal attention. Oakdene offers some of the best value for money wines on the Bellarine Peninsula headed by chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz. Nothing is priced over $40. Sauvignon blanc does well in the maritime climate and Oakdene produces a standard style, all crisp, crunchy and herbal, as well as a bottle-aged wild thing called Jessica, full of spice and complexity. Stay for a meal in the restaurant, and Oakdene also sells orchids, lots of them, from its nursery out back'. Jeni Port, Gourmet Traveller WINE