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Port Phillip Ferry Visit to Terindah Estate on Stunning Bellarine Peninsula

Have you visited Terindah Estate on the stunning Bellarine Peninsula? You should. It's now become even more accessible through the new Port Phillip Ferry Service. Ferries run several times a day to and from Portarlington which means you can take a day trip and experience all the region has to offer and be back in time to watch your next Netflix series in the evening. They have a bus company that drops people to the wineries, so you don't have to drive. Plus the cost of the ferry is extremely affordable (why are some ferry services so damn expensive?).

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The World Loves Melbourne was invited on a day trip media tour hosted by Geelong and Bellarine Tourism, Terindah Estate, Port Phillip Ferries and Reymond Communications. Commencing with a ride on the new Port Phillip ferry service from Docklands to Port Arlington, we then proceeded to Terindah Estate, where the wine-makers discussed the upcoming harvest and present their current releases.

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Melbourne skyline (above) - a stunning backdrop. Relax inside the modern cabin or venture on to the deck.

The ride across on the ferry was rewarding in itself; with treats from local producers to promote the Bellarine Food Trail (highly recommended) and the captivating views of the bay and the Melbourne city skyline. A great experience!

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I was immediately taken by the views at Terindah Estate; it's the killer combination of standout wine, top notch cuisine and sweeping seaside views. A new boutique wine bar has added to the whole experience at Terindah Estate - sit on a raised deck and while away the hours with a decent menu available in the bar area. We enjoyed a serious session of wine tasting where everything was my favourite (strange but true).

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Breathtaking sweeping views.

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Alex gave us a tour of the grounds and winery.

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The wine-tasting was followed by a degustation lunch, prepared by executive chef Lyndon Betts, and served in the wonderfully light conservatory. An impressive 3 course menu was served with matching wines; I could imagine myself returning with loved ones for a Sunday "sesh". 

And then for an epic wine tasting session!

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Followed by a approppriately decadent long degustation lunch at The Shed...

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Kingfish, avocado, daikon, shiso gf 18

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Duck, heirloom carrots, radicchio gf 34 

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Drysdale goat’s yoghurt, vanilla cream, fenel, meringue gf 14 

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Kudos to Chef Lyndon Betts - a wonderful dining experience and I reached peak satiation.

Port Phillip Ferry service is an exciting new venture. This ferry service between Portarlington & Docklands, runs 7 days a week, 365 days of the year. A 35m catamaran vessel seats 400 passengers and runs direct between Portarlington and Docklands, letting you read the paper, catch up on emails while breathing in the fresh sea air and enjoying the sights and sounds of the bay.

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The Bellarine Peninsula is emerging as one of Victoria’s newest gourmet destinations-to-watch, thanks to an abundance of new and innovative food and wine. Explore the Bellarine’s very own ‘taste trail’, boasting over 40 unique food and wine destinations. The trail is littered with farmgate producers, provedores, unique wineries, beer and cider and award-winning cafes and restaurants.
Bringing together award-winning wines, delectable food and spectacular views across Port Phillip Bay, is The Bellarine Peninsula's most beautiful boutique venue - Terindah Estate. Located less than 80 minutes from Melbourne's CBD by car (similar by ferry but it's predicted to get shorter in time) and only 20 minutes from Geelong, they offer cellar door wine tastings daily as well as lunch in The Shed Thursday through to Monday. Terindah Estate is also the perfect venue for hosting weddings, private functions and corporate events.
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To visit Terindah estate is to visit one of Victoria's most beautiful and exciting venues. Taste delicious wine and food, see the mussel farmers in the local waters (I'm a big mussel fan and these are some of the best mussels around), take a stroll through the fig trees (some had colourful ribbons attached at the time) or the vines and experience all that Terindah has to offer. As per its name - Terindah is Indonesian for 'most beautiful''. 
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The Shed @ Terindah, with it's floor to ceiling glass walls, ensures guests are inundated with panoramic views of the vineyard and spectacular vistas across the bay. The Shed is open every day for lunch and weekends for breakfast, and is available for private events.

In 2013, The Shed was rated as one of the top 5 Victorian regional restaurants to visit (by Tourism Victoria), led by an experienced team of executive chefs. The menu utilises the abundance of local, seasonal produce available on the Bellarine, including produce from the Terindah property and herb garden.

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The indoor and outdoor spaces on Terindah Estate provide flexible options for weddings, conferences and other special events. Their event venue boasts an expansive deck with uninterrupted views across Corio Bay to Geelong and across Port Philip Bay to Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. The lower level houses the Bottling Room and Barrel Store with views of the vines and fields. 

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Terindah is open 7 days a week for lunch from 12pm - 3pm, weekend breakfast from 8am - 11am and cellar door wine tastings from 10am to 4pm.

Then it was back on the ferry after a day of wonderful indulgence. Highly recommended and thanks to all involved in the organising.