When Yering Station planted its first grapevines in the Yarra Valley in 1838, Victoria had its first wine district. The Yarra Valley, with its famed cool-climate cabernet sauvignon, chardonnay, and sparkling wine, continues to be a crucial part of the conversation about Australian wine, despite the fact that wineries in Yarra Valley have subsequently multiplied throughout regional Victoria.
The valley’s proximity to Melbourne’s central business district, just an easy hour away, is particularly helpful. Due to its close proximity to the city, the neighborhood features a thriving selection of upscale restaurants, chic pubs, and numerous artisan producers who are heavily supported by passionate daytrippers.
Most of the time, wineries in Yarra Valley are multi-purpose locations. Many also hold concerts, movie nights, and other outdoor events in addition to offering wonderful drinking, dining, and wine tasting opportunities. They are frequently reserved for weddings as well, starting in September each year. Some even provide boutique lodging on-site, luring you to extend your day vacation into a weekend getaway. Just do it.
Joel Alderdice, the executive chef at TarraWarra, spent ten years as an apprentice in the kitchen of this Yarra Valley estate. He contributes his unique flare to a menu that is heavily vegetable-focused and is influenced by the restaurant’s kitchen garden. His resume includes Attica, Bar Liberty, and other vineyard restaurants.
A gorgeous restaurant that promotes locally sourced food and top-notch wine. The menu’s unassuming and rustic aesthetic is intended to draw attention to the superior quality of the ingredients used (many of which are grown in the kitchen garden).
The original vineyard in Yering Station, Victoria, remains one of its best and is a Yarra Valley must. In the main building, savor a meal while taking in the expansive valley views. You may also visit the heritage-listed cellar door for a tasting.
Grassy slopes covered in chardonnay and pinot noir, as well as a restaurant on par with the best in the city. Traveling is worthwhile to see this winery.
At Levantine Hill, no expense has been spared, from the helipad to the renowned architect. A Levant-inspired food is served at the restaurant, drawing on the founders’ roots. Sit down in a booth built like a wine barrel for Middle Eastern snack plates, $340 Beluga caviar, three-wine flights, and more.
A modest, family-owned winery so named because it grows pimpernel flowers amid the vines. The family personally bottles and labels each bottle of wine. The grapes are dry-grown and hand-picked. One of the most private and leisurely tastings available in the Yarra Valley is this one.
The public face of Innocent Bystander wines is this bar, eatery, and wine store. Visit this location to sample the brand’s distinctive moscato or, if you’d like to sample more wines, choose a taster paddle of wines that are poured directly from the barrel. Additionally, there is beer, cider, and crowd-pleasing fare like hefty portions of paella and pizza.
In the heart of the Yarra Valley is a sizable Italian restaurant and winery called Zonzo Estate. Make a reservation for a large gathering to enjoy a leisurely meal in the garden or choose to have a more private meal indoors.
A laid-back, welcoming winery that’s ideal for a day trip with the family. Order a snack platter, bring your own picnic mat, and pick a spot on the lawns. Then enjoy the expansive views of the valley.
Rob Dolan Wines
Only 30 minutes separate Warrandyte Winery from Melbourne. It’s the ideal starting point for a day excursion to the Yarra Valley. Come here for a wide selection of wines, home-made cheese, and a jam-packed schedule of summer events.
Winery Tour Yarra Valley
Unit 201/98 River Esplanade
Docklands, VIC 3008
(03) 7042 3201