Bluestone Lane Vineyard: Good Vibes & Good Wines
Address: 269 Myers Road Balnarring, VIC 3926
Vineyards: All wines produced using fruit from their single site at Balnarring
Varietals: Sparkling, Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Merlot, Late Harvest Pinot Grigio, Pinot Noir Liqueur
They might be operating out of a small, single estate in Balnarring, but Bluestone Lane Vineyard more than makes up for it in big personality. There’s no pretence of expensive wines that are so commonly found in the Red Hill region; instead it’s just reasonably priced, drinkable tipples created by a good-natured and down to earth team.
The real highlight to be found in Bluestone’s cosy and welcoming setting is their cellar door experience. Plenty of laughs and stories are shared as Kate takes you through their surprisingly long list of wines.
One thing is for sure, the Bluestone Lane team (and their knack for generous pours) are sure to leave a smile on your face.
Bluestone Lane Vineyard is quite a small producer, but they’ve still managed to pull together an impressive list of wines. Amongst their affordably priced reds and whites are some really interesting varietals:
- They are famous for their Sparkling, which is inarguably the main event of their cellar door tastings
- Pinot Meunier is a black grape wine commonly used to produce French Champagne. Taking this same variety, Bluestone has created a delightfully floral and light red wine
- The Mornington Peninsula is heralded for its Pinot Noir, and Bluestone does their own variety well, and at a much more reasonable price than you’ll find next door in the Red Hill region
- While it doesn’t nail the smooth dryness of South Australia’s famous varieties, Bluestone do bottle a nice cool climate Shiraz, which serves as a great, decently priced dinner wine
- Bluestone include two delicious dessert wines in their cellar door tastings; the fruity and light Late Harvest Pinot Grigio, and the fuller caramel-accented Pinot Noir Liqueur
Prepare to get nice and cosy in the welcoming burrows of Bluestone Lane. The growing vines are on the same estate, creating a picturesque and tranquil setting for you to enjoy as you taste their wares.
During the winter the team get the wood fire crackling, and in the summer there’s plenty of breezy outdoor space to relax in.
Best suited for
This vineyard is suitable for both small and larger groups, as long as everyone is up for a bit of a laugh and fun. The Bluestone Lane team are all about creating an enjoyable experience, while also offering approachable wines that particularly suit those who don’t consider themselves connoisseurs.
What we like
We rate the cellar door experience as the best thing Bluestone Lane has got going for them. With the wine and entertaining stories flowing, it’s the perfect recipe for an enjoyable time.
What we don’t like
Coordinating different groups can be a bit tricky, especially when you’re working with fairly limited space. The team do a great job of trying to make sure groups arrive separately so they can focus on presenting to one at a time, but all it takes is for one group to be a bit late and it starts to get a bit chaotic.
Also see our older Bluestone Lane profile here