Hat Rock Vineyard is located on the Bellarine Peninsula midway between Drysdale and Portarlington. It is one of a select group of vineyards that have been established on generally north facing slopes overlooking Corio Bay near Geelong. The first vines were planted in 2000.
The vineyard derives its name from a 'hat-shaped' rocky outcrop on the Corio Bay shore, not far from the vineyard. This is one of only three landmarks named by Matthew Flinders, on the Bellarine Peninsula when he entered Port Philip and Corio Bays in April 1802. Our wine label displays part of the Corio Bay shore line (including Hat Rock) as it appears in Flinders' Chart of Terra Australis, published in 1814.
This maritime vineyard is set on gently undulating, north facing slopes. The cool climate of the Bellarine Peninsula with its moderate winter rainfall, is comparable with that of the Burgundy region of France. This climate coupled with fertile volcanic clay/loam soils overlying limestone, provides excellent growing conditions for the production of premium fruit from the Burgundian grape varieties, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.
Our Wine making Philosophy
Hat Rock specialises in the production of small batch, hand crafted Pinot Noir and in a year or two, will also produce Chardonnay in the same, uncompromising way. Our wine making processes reflect the combination of vineyard factors that define our site in order that distinctive wines can be produced. We employ traditional burgundian wine making methods and minimize handling and intervention in our wine making processes.