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 was 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.
Apart from wine, food and coffee is available – choose from the blackboard menu.
There are snacks such as nuts, olives or dips, or settle in with your favourite wine and a platter of cheeses, dolmades and char grilled vegetables accompanied with cottage-style bread.
If you prefer, sit outside under umbrellas or at a table under a shady eucalypt. In winter, relax by the wood fire.
Vines cover 4.7 hectares – mainly pinot noir and chardonnay, but also shiraz, merlot, cabernet sauvignon, sauvignon blanc and viognier.
Open weekends between 12noon and 5.00pm.
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 will be 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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