On 93 hectares of coastal farmland in Wallington, you will find Oakdene’s boutique vineyard, award winning restaurant and cellar door. Situated near Ocean Grove, Wallington is found on the Bellarine Peninsula, approximately 20 kilometres east of Geelong and 90 kilometres south of Melbourne. The region enjoys a cool, maritime climate that moderates the weather patterns, resulting in a long cool growing season, the principal soil type is sandy loam producing low yields of high quality fruit.
The Geelong Wine Region boasts historical roots back to the early 1800’s when Geelong was a booming regional centre, hub of the vast Western District trade. The planting of vines by Swiss Settlers saw Geelong and its surrounding areas emerge as the largest grape growing region in Victoria, and one of the largest in Australia.
Wine enthusiasts and entrepreneurs, Daryl & Nini Sefton, appreciating the history of Geelong Wine and realising the opportunity to establish Geelong as a premium wine growing region, led the 1966 renaissance which today sees more than 60 vineyards across Moorabool Valley, The Bellarine Peninsula and The Surf Coast fulfilling the dreams of the early Swiss Settlers.
Established in 2001, Oakdene produces wines which are complex and elegant with the region enjoying a maritime climate, producing low yields of high-quality fruits. Oakdene produces both still and sparkling wines and specialises in chardonnay, pinot noir, shiraz, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc.
The winery’s dedication to excellence has produced incredible results, with wines winning medals and trophies at major shows holding a consistent five red star rating in James Halliday’s Australian Wine Companion (achieved six years in a row – to date).
Visitors can experience guided tastings at Oakdene’s unique cellar door, the Upside-Down House, and sample estate-grown, extra-virgin olive oils. The Upside-Down House is manned by a small team of locals who have developed an intimate understanding of the region and a deep knowledge of Oakdene wines