There are two Phillip Island wineries - Purple Hen Wines on the east side and the Phillip Island Winery near the south coast.
Classified as in the Gippsland region, the wines are cool-climate.
Both wineries are located in picturesque settings and offer not only wine tastings but also food and cellar door.
Add them to your winery tour of the increasingly popular Gippsland wine producing area.
Named after a local water bird, Purple Hen Wines in McFees Road, Rhyll, has lovely views over Western Port Bay to the mainland - a perfect setting for a leisurely afternoon of wine tasting.
The cellar door and tasting room opened in 2006.
Décor is contemporary, with full length windows making the most of the views.
The winery is very successful at the Gippsland Wine Show, consistently winning many medals.
Purple Hen wines have also been successful at the Royal Melbourne Show - confirmation of the quality of wine produced by the winery.
Vines cover 9.5 hectares – mainly pinot noir and shiraz, but also cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris, reisling and viognier.
Purple Hen Wines is open between 11.00am and 5.30pm and is open 7 days a week over summer, and Thursday to Monday over winter.
Visitors can have a wine tasting for a small fee (refunded with a bottle purchase) or buy a glass to enjoy on the lawn while admiring the wonderful views. Platters and nibbles available.
If you prefer, sit outside under umbrellas or at a table under a shady eucalyptus tree. In winter, relax by the wood fire.
A popular event is Music at The Hen, when live music is performed on the
lawns adjacent to the cellar door every Friday night in January. Bring
you own food or graze on Purple Hen platters. Wine from the cellar door
only - no BYO.
At Berrys Beach Road, Ventnor, on the south side of the island, this winery is a delightful place to spend a few lazy hours.
tasting and cellar door sales are in a pretty setting among gardens,
with spectacular views to Bass Strait.
Open 7 days a week, visitors can spend a lazy time enjoying lunch with grazing plates and of course, wine. Platters of cheeses and charcuterie are also available.
The last few years the vineyards have been left fallow so there are no wines from the winery itself. However, the is a great selection of wines to enjoy with or without grazing.
At the side of the main building there is a large outdoor area, no doubt this is a popular spot in the summer.
At various times there will be live music. Check the winery’s social media pages to find out when artists will be performing.
A short walk from the car park is The Yards, where visitors can buy flowers and other gifts.
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