Whether it’s a visit to the cellar door in the upside-down house, or an intimate dinner in the restaurant surrounded by eclectic artwork, it’s unlikely you’ll have experienced anything quite like the unique personality of Oakdene Vineyards, Restaurant, Cafe & Cellar Door.
The story is best started with owner Liz Hooley, an artist who has created most of the pieces shown in and around the property. Unique and surprising displays mean the eyes can enjoy as much of a feast as the mouth. And she dreamed up the incredible inverted cellar door building.
Together with husband Bernard, they’ve made the people of Oakdene the heroes of the product by naming the premium wine range after family members. Liz's Chardonnay, Bernard’s Cabernets, William Shiraz, Peta’s Pinot Noir, Yvette Sparkling and Matilda Sparkling – children and grandchildren are in the wine list roll-call.
Outside the relations, other people contribute to the Oakdene personality. Caroline Suthers has been managing the Oakdene Vineyards for 13 years and treats the vines like her children. Let’s hope they’re not giving her any teenage attitude!
Wine Manager Steve Paul oversees the winemaking process and spends a lot of time judging at wine shows across Australia. With such a dedicated and talented team, it’s no wonder the wine is well awarded, including the William Shiraz (2012 & 2013) picking up both the Best Regional Shiraz and the Best Regional Red Wine awards two years in a row at the Ballarat Wine Show.
So now you’ve been introduced to some of the people of Oakdene, head out to Wallington and meet them in person.
255 Grubb Road, Wallington
Cellar door open daily 10am – 4pm.
03 5256 3886