Balgownie Estate

Balgownie Estate is a modern set up with many facilities, including plenty of accommodation suites, a day spa, health club, function facilities, restaurant and of course a cellar door. Much has improved since our last visit when we left disappointed from the service. This time, the staff in the tasting room were friendly, had personality and chatted freely about the wines. We got a real feel for what Balgownie were hoping to achieve.
The restaurant that once had a hotel function vibe about it has softened and feels more relaxed and comfortable. Inexperience staff were once the problem, but it now seems Balgownie in the Yarra Valley is sorting out these issues and hopefully the other issue from our previous visit, being the inconsistent in the quality of the meals. If the improvement shown from the service in the tasting room is equaled to that of the dining room then Balgownie should now be back on your list of wineries worth visiting.
Thank God what has not changed, is the quality wines that are produced from the two vineyard sites of Bendigo and the Yarra Valley. (Balgownie also has a winery cellar door in Bendigo) The opportunity to taste the same wine style from two regions and compare side by side is a real treat.
Years ago, Balgownie missed the mark and they had to lift their game. They have done that. Once, I would have never gone back for lunch again, but now I anticipate the chance to dine there once more. Balgownie has the potential to be a GREAT weekender getaway and I believe they are on the right path, but please get the staff to wear something more modern than the black and white uniforms that seem dated in today’s world.

Open hours

Day of Week Cellar Door Restaurant
Monday 10am – 5pm
Tuesday 10am – 5pm
Wednesday 10am – 5pm
Thursday 10am – 5pm
Friday 10am – 5pm Lunch
Saturday 10am – 5pm Lunch & dinner
Sunday 10am – 5pm Lunch & dinner

Facilities   

Features: Day spa

Balgownie Estate

1309 Melba Hwy Yarra Glen, VIC

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