The Merricks General Wine Store is a peninsula icon. Its origins date back to the rural 1920's era providing both supplies and society to the local community. The Store's prime location has been a destination for over two generations of visitors to the Peninsula, and the local community. In 2004 the store was refurbished and extended to create a modern amenity, and in 2008 has become the cellar door for Elgee Park, Baillieu and Quealy Wines who are committed to realizing the uniqueness of the Mornington Peninsula. Our Bistro is open every day for breakfast, lunch and snacks ideal for the wine tourists and locals. Our chef is Janine Richmond. Her love is seasonal produce and skillful cooking.
Located on the Hastings-Flinders Road nestled about half way between Balnarring and Shoreham.
- Producing outstanding Mornington Peninsula wines.
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Practices & Techniques
Estate Vineyards / AVA
Bulldog Run takes its name from Bulldog Creek, a small perennial creek that originates in the south-eastern corner of the property and winds its way through adjoining Elgee Park. The two properties also share a close family connection, as Elgee Park is Samantha’s family home.
The recent establishment of a riparian corridor along Bulldog creek, involved revegetation of the waterway and associated dams, using the local indigenous vegetation. Tree species used include Silverleaf Stringy Bark, Swamp Gum, Peppermint, Manna Gum and Blackwood. There have also been extensive plantings of the associated understorey species of shrubs, grasses and sedges.
A large spring-fed dam near the vineyard is home to some amazingly life-like wetland bird sculptures and—closer to the homestead—is a wonderful ornamental lake complete with an island refuge for several species of ducks and geese.
Contented and colourful, fat Hereford cattle graze alongside family ponies, all of which are subjects of a stunning painting by talented artist Julie Johnson, painted for the Baillieu family and now portrayed on the wine label.
Splendid post-and-rail fences—created by craftsmen Max and Scott Kroehnert of Grafton, using traditional techniques and sturdy Northern timber—make a magnificent feature at the entrance to the vineyard, which has exquisite, traditional rose bushes planted at each end of the vine rows.
Grape varieties grown include Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Viognier; all the grapes used for Baillieu Vineyard wine are 100% estate grown.