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“Australia's oldest family owned winery - and it shows!”
Review of Tahbilk Winery

Tahbilk Winery
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Owner description: TAHBILK CELLAR DOOR & WINE TASTING: The Cellar Door tasting is a MUST if visiting the winery. Held in the original winery you will be well looked after by our lovely staff as you try a range of different Tahbilk wines on offer. An amazing experience which takes you back in time, unchanged since 1860. UNDERGROUND CELLARS: In Cellar Door, follow the stairs down into the original underground cellars built in 1862. Take a moment to breath in the sights and smells of the red wine cellar before moving to what we call the new cellar which was built by James Escott Purbrick (third cousin to Reginald Purbrick) in 1875 in only 6 weeks. ECO TRAILS: The complex web of billabongs became 8kms of backwaters and creeks. These deep wetlands are the site now of the Tahbilk Eco Trails. Start your walk by heading across the historic Long Bridge. The Long Bridge was built from timber hewn on the Estate to replace a ford on the site soon after the Goulburn Weir was completed in 1889. Following the floods of 1954, the bridge was extensively repaired, reducing from double to single lane. In 1996 it was completely rebuilt, again with timber cut and milled on the property. Visitors can stroll along a range of walking paths and boardwalks along a 4km circuit. ECO CRUISE: Gently glide along the Tahbilk billabongs and enjoy a 30 minute cruise in the undercover comfort of our eco friendly electric powered boats.
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“Australia's oldest family owned winery - and it shows!”
Reviewed July 21, 2013

I was first introduced to Tahbilk wines at World Expo 88 in Brisbane. I made it a target to one day visit the winery. My first visit was over a decade ago and I still return regularly to buy my wines.
The winery itself is a pleasant drive from Melbourne on a good road, an interesting lesson in the history of Australian wine, the café is in a lovely setting beside the wetlands and the deck outside in the summer is the place to be. Inside can be too noisy when busy. Bookings are a must.
The cellar door has a wide range of wines to taste, and prices are very competitive.
Every day you will find a family member there to help you and nothing is too much trouble. For a first visit, make it summer and go down into the Drives below to see the real heart of a winery.

Visited July 2013
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Hobart, Australia
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“A Gem”
Reviewed May 29, 2013

If you want to visit somewhere that loves everything about vines then this place is a must. Some varieties that they have nurtured and stayed with when the public weren't interested are now coming into their own - and about time! The tasting cellars (and in fact the whole complex) are fascinating and the history is amazing. Staff are very friendly.
The restaurant is ideally situated and the menu is good. I particularly appreciated the option of trying a taster glass of different vintages of the same wine - great idea.

Visited March 2013
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Vancouver, Canada
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“Lovely grounds, cold service”
Reviewed April 12, 2013 via mobile

Toured the cellar and had a lovely walk around the grounds. The wine list had potential but the less than hospitable service killed the experience. Sampled the Marsanne, Sauvignon Blanc and sparkling Shiraz under duress which were all delicious. The lack of interaction from the cellar door staff let the whole thing down really and prompted us to leave prematurely. There was no explanation of the wines on offer or recommendations offered. We felt like our presence was an inconvenience. Disappointed.

Visited April 2013
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Seymour, Australia
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“Wetlands Eco trails”
Reviewed March 16, 2013

Don't forget to enjoy the Eco Trails wetland walk when visiting Tahbilk. It doesn't take long to complete the short walk - 15 minutes and it's worth it - see some bird life, beautiful scenery - you can't go wrong. Longer walks are also on offer.

Visited March 2013
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“Beautiful cool old winery”
Reviewed January 4, 2013

We've visited Tahbilk Winery on several occasions and have enjoyed the experience immensely each time. The Winery has been in family hands for 70+ years and their day-to-day involvement is very apparent. Staff have always been friendly, helpful and knowledgable. The old buildings are wonderful to walk through, especially on the springy wooden floors above the cellars. Even in mid-summer the 150 years old cellars are cool. Sited by the Goulburn River, the Wetlands cafe is an oasis in warm weather. The food has always been delicious and reasonably priced. We love their wine. Their award-winning Marsanne is beautiful when young and superb when aged, something fairly uncommon these days with white wines. Their Shiraz is best drunk aged, especially if you're lucky enough to be able to afford a vintage from the vines planted in 1860! And for those who cannot visit in person, Tahbilk has one of the best on-line ordering and delivery systems in Australia. I 'visit' quite regularly.

Visited October 2012
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