When we’re back home in Melbourne, we love heading to the Yarra Valley for a day trip or a weekend away. Victoria’s most well-known wine region and one of Australia’s largest, it is a must-visit destination for wine-lovers.
If you’re visiting Melbourne, and you have a day or two to spare, we’d definitely recommend either hiring a car or driver (we’ve booked a limousine in the past!), or going on a wine tour around the Yarra. Located only an hours drive away from Melbourne CBD, it’s an easy day trip and well-worth the visit for the quality wines you are able to taste.
There are hundreds of wineries in the Yarra Valley, so organising your own wine tour can be quite overwhelming. If you need some help, here are some of the wineries we recommend.
TarraWarra’s state of the art cellar door is a design lover’s dream with a unique barrel shaped room, which is super cool just to go and see. Enjoy a wine tasting in this architecturally pleasing room, and make sure to try Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. TarraWarra also has a restaurant, where you can go to indulge in a fine dining meal.
Full of history, De Bortoli is one Australia’s leading wine companies, and one of the oldest. Head here to taste their delectable wines at their cellar door, have a gourmet wine and cheese pairing experience with cheeses from their on-site cheese shop, or dine at their Italian restaurant, Locale. Make sure you try their La Bohème wine range – it’s not only delicious, the labelling on the bottles is beautiful too.
A winery, cellar door and an Italian restaurant, Zonzo is perfect spot to come for lunch and a few glasses of wine with friends. The 2016 Zonzo Estate Chardonnay is a must-try and pairs perfectly with the pizza from the restaurant.
There’s something really charming about Tokar, the cellar door and restaurant look like something you would find in Tuscany. It’s a great spot to drop in for wine tasting and/or lunch. We definitely recommend to do the whole wine tasting, as their wines, both red and white, are fabulous.
You won’t leave Oakridge without finding one, two, three, or more, wines, you love. Wine tasting at their cellar door is a must. Start from the lighter whites and make your way to their glorious reds. Make sure don’t leave without taking a bottle, or case, home with you. There’s a fine dining restaurant at Oakridge too, which is said to be first class.
Victoria’s first vineyard, Yering Station, is one of the most well-known wineries in the Yarra Valley, and it is certainly not one to miss. Situated on stunning lush grounds, Yering Station blends both modern and vintage architecture exceedingly well, making the wine destination a wonderful place to visit, not just for the wine, but for the surroundings too. Head to their rustic cellar door to taste a range of their extensive wine collection, or if you’re wanting to enjoy a luxurious dining experience, their contemporary restaurant is definitely one to consider.
With a Mediterranean ambiance, Dominique Portet is a beautiful winery to stop at, especially for their Rosé. If you have the chance, I highly recommend to buy a magnum bottle. They’re more of a relaxed cellar door than some of the others in the Yarra Valley, but are well worth visiting. If you’re hungry, Dominique Portet serves simple lunches, using the finest artisanal ingredients. It’s the perfect place to come to sit outside and enjoy the sunshine, with a glass of Rosé and a light bite.
One of the most popular wineries in the Yarra Valley, Chandon is a lovely place to visit for wine tasting at their newly refurbished cellar door. Although this spot is very popular with tourists, it’s worth popping in to try their famous sparkling wine and to enjoy their stunning vineyard views.
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