Hickinbotham of Dromana: Authentic Aussie Goodness
Address: 194 Nepean Highway, Dromana VIC 3936
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Cabernet Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Muscat, Shiraz, Merlot, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Riesling and craft Beer and Ciders
The Hickinbotham family got into the business of wine-making way back in 1936, and they’ve been perfecting the art ever since. Still a family-run affair, Hickinbotham of Dromana and Hix Brewery produces a range of incredible wines and beers for visitors to enjoy.
The relaxed, inviting atmosphere of this estate makes it the ideal location to draw your tour to a close, glass of wine or beer in hand and enjoying the serenity. Don’t expect the same quiet ambience over the weekend evenings though – Hickinbotham of Dromana is known for kicking things up a gear with live music and lots of laughs.
Although our heart belongs to wine, one of the real showstoppers at Hickinbotham are their beers. These award-winning brews include everything from a light pale ale to a heavy Irish stout, plus fun extras like their double choc porter. Their brown ale is also particularly delicious
All that said, they still do offer some fantastic wines, and include a Wine Flight tasting option that allows you to compare a good number of varieties.
Selection of brews and ciders (source: Hickinbotham Instagram)
While you’re enjoying a cold one (or fancy tipple), you’re more than welcome to sample what’s cooking at Mintaro Restaurant @ Hickinbotham. They have a number of casual dining options on offer, including nice and simple tasting boards of meats and cheese but also ramp it up with some fancy versions of old classics. Fish and Chip Friday’s and Sunday Roasts are proving popular in recent times so make sure you book early.
HIX Charcuterie and a glass of red (source: Hickinbotham Instagram)
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There’s a simplicity to this estate that’s charming; it’s more of a rustic and real Australian setting than many of the European-style vineyards on the Mornington Peninsula. They’ve carefully thought about making their guests comfortable no matter what the season, with a huge outdoor area and a smaller, cosy indoor brewery room complete with a fire to sit beside.
Wine tasting counter (source: Hickinbotham Instagram)
What we like
One of only a couple of venues with live music all weekend this definitely adds another element. Guests love a bit of atmosphere and it makes for the perfect background while enjoying your final drink of the day after touring the Peninsula. Beers are top notch as well.
What we don’t like
Things can get pretty busy at Hickinbotham particularly through the warmer months in the later afternoons which can occasionally mean a bit of a wait at the bar and some less than thrilled cellar door staff.