Less than an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is the perfect destination for an escape from the daily grind. Not only will you discover a bunch of award-winning wineries, but it’s also filled to the brim with local food producers, renowned breweries and distilleries, stunning natural scenery and much more. Looking for some inspiration on how to spend a weekend there? While you’re spoilt for choice with experiences, here are some of our favourite cellar doors to visit on your next trip to the Yarra Valley.
Take the morning to drive yourself there, with your first stop the family-owned Medhurst Wines (24-26 Medhurst Rd, Gruyere; medhurstwines.com.au). Their winding driveway will take you through their scenic bushland estate, before you arrive at their modern yet warm and vibrant cellar door. Jump into a tasting with the Medhurst Wines team, where they’ll take you on a journey through their award-winning portfolio including their stand-out 2019 Chardonnay and 2019 Pinot Noir. Make sure you linger for a while: the stunning estate offers scenic views of the valley, which you can enjoy while feasting on local produce at their on-site restaurant for lunch. It’s a great introduction to the region.
A quick drive around the corner and you’ll find yourself at the renowned Yarra Yering (4 Briarty Road, Gruyere; yarrayering.com). Their cosy cellar door offers a great insight into the history of the region. Spend your time with a leisurely tasting and stock up on a few bottles to enjoy now, but also to pop away in the cellar.
Top off your first day in the region with an afternoon at Oakridge Wines (864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream; oakridgewines.com.au), home of GT WINE’s 2017 Winemaker of the Year David Bicknell. If you haven’t eaten, be sure to stop in at the estate’s hatted Oakridge Restaurant. There’s plenty to do here, with a range of tasting experiences on offer including their Chardonnay Masterclass and 864 Single Block Flight.
Kickstart your second day in the Yarra with a trip to Seville Estate (65 Linwood Rd, Seville; sevilleestate.com.au). You’re all sorted here, with their award-winning restaurant along with an array of private tours and tasting experiences for your visit. Finding it hard to leave? Seville Estate also offers their Seville Homestead and Vineyard Apartments for your stay in the region.
Head up to the northern parts of the valley to find yourself at the De Bortoli Wines’ (58 Pinnacle Ln, Dixons Creek; debortoli.com.au) cellar door in Dixons Creek. It’s easy to get distracted by the breathtaking views at the cellar door, which you can enjoy at the estate’s Locale restaurant or outside with shaded picnic tables and even a playground for the little ones. Take your time with a tasting of the extensive De Bortoli range – you’ll be sure to find a new favourite.
On your way back to Melbourne, finish your adventure at Rob Dolan Wines (21-23 Delaneys Rd, Warrandyte South; robdolanwines.com.au). Take a seat on their deck and let the team guide you through a tasting of the range, which focuses on quality fruit and a ‘less is more’ approach in the winery. If you fancy something to eat, enjoy a locally-sourced platter with a glass of your favourite Rob Dolan wine. It’s the perfect end to a great couple of days in this stunning part of the world.