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Yarra Valley

Less than an hour from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is both the oldest, at over 180 years, and one of the most innovative wine regions in Victoria. With chardonnay and pinot noir leading the way, historic plantings of cool-climate cabernet sauvignon and shiraz continue to impress. Geological and geographical diversity is encouraging experimentation, with an increasing number of alternative varieties. More than 100 wineries dot the countryside, and cellar doors run the full spectrum from rustic to sophisticated architectural wonders.
Nicole Bilson

TarraWarra Estate by Derek Swalwell.

TarraWarra Estate

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5962 3311
tarrawarra.com.au

After more than 20 years at TarraWarra, winemaker Clare Halloran goes from strength to strength. The sleek subterranean cellar door offers an exciting range of wines for tasting. Chardonnay and pinot noir feature, ranging from affordable weekday drinking through to showstopping examples of what Yarra Valley is capable of. Cool-climate shiraz and merlot alongside newer plantings of barbera and nebbiolo offer a glimpse of the future.The elegant restaurant features a seasonal tasting menu inspired by the kitchen garden. For a more relaxed vibe, book a picnic hamper and sip wine on the lush lawn or the deck shaded by peppercorn trees. Sustainability is paramount here, with ongoing projects to minimise the environmental footprint. NICOLE BILSON

OUTSTANDING WINE: 2018 TarraWarra South Block Chardonnay, A$40

Domaine Chandon
Best Large Cellar Door

(03) 9738 9200
chandon.com.au

Payten & Jones
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5913 7699
paytenandjoneswine.com.au

Punt Road Winery
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 9739 0666
puntroadwines.com.au

Dominique Portet Winery
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 5962 5760
dominiqueportet.com

Coombe Yarra Valley
BEST ADDITIONAL CELLAR DOOR EXPERIENCE (Melba’s Garden Walk)

(03) 9739 0173
coombeyarravalley.com.au

Seville Estate
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST ACCOMMODATION

(03) 5964 2622
sevilleestate.com.au