Scotchmans Hill on the Rails

On Friday 31st of May The Q Train welcomed on board Scotchmans Hill’s Chief Winemaker Robin Brockett. Robin had carefully chosen wines to match each course of The Q Train’s Autumn Menu. Guests spent the afternoon with us travelling through the centre of The Bellarine, while having an informal discussion with Robin about his process of wine making and matching, as well as his role as an expert in one of Australia’s most important industries.

Commencing his career at St Helena winery near Christchurch in his native New Zealand, Robin Brockett attended Charles Sturt University on scholarship to study viticulture, then wine science, and worked at the University winery. When he joined the nascent Scotchmans Hill in 1988, he thought he might only stay a couple of years. 30 years on, Robin has been instrumental in the development of the vineyards and winemaking style of Scotchmans Hill. He was integral in establishing it as the leading winery of the Bellarine Peninsula, and one rated among James Halliday’s Top 100 Australian Wineries.