Just 15 minutes’ drive from Geelong towards the surf coast is one of the region’s best kept secrets, Oneday Estate. The fact that owner Sam Murray hasn’t had to advertise his 80 acres of vineyards and reception centre, is testament to this eclectic venue’s reputation.
It’s one thing to be a “bespoke” venue these days but what separates Oneday Estate from the rest, is its authenticity and charm that inhabits visitors and wedding parties alike. One step into the main structure of Oneday and you are welcomed with big smiles from owner Sam and Events Manager Marie, whilst your eyes are madly trying to take in the menagerie of recycled brickwork, iron and timbers that Sam has lovingly used to construct Oneday from scratch.
Sam’s devotion to local history has seen him salvage and incorporate pieces such as pillars from the old Barwon Heads Bridge, big timbers from the Queenscliff Marina and remnants from the old Ocean Grove Catholic Church.
It’s truly a remarkable achievement by Sam, a former chippie and footballer, whose passion for recycling and designing led him to set up this unique venue where he could also use his viticulture skills to produce small batch wine, gin and craft beer.
Sunday afternoons are legendary and provide an opportunity to kickback with huge pans full of fresh paella, listen to live music or just go for a wander around the estate with a glass of the local drop where you’re likely to bump into Sam’s wonder dog, Cider. Weddings of any creation can be arranged in conjunction with Marie and have proven to be a major success due to the quality of the catering and most notably the relaxed nature of the venue.
To experience Oneday is something you won’t forget. There is nothing “manufactured” here, whether that be the buildings, interiors, food, drinks or experience. It all comes from the heart and a real purpose : to have visitors leave with a smile on their faces.