Yarra Valley Wineries: Visit 7 Of The Highest Reviewed Vineyards

by Jacob Stanley

Less than an hours drive East of Melbourne, Victoria the Yarra Valley is a popular destination for many. Alongside the well-known Yarra Valley Wineries, the region offers delicious local food, breathtaking scenery, romantic escapes and indulgent adventures. Being one of the most popular regions for tourists and locals to visit wineries in Victoria there has been a growing number of new experiences and new vineyards appearing.

The Yarra Valley is well-known in Australia, with over 80 cellar doors, amazing restaurants, luxury accommodation and beautiful art.

Yarra Valley, Source: visitmelbourne.com

Getting there

By Car: From Melbourne – (via Eastlink Tollway). Make your way onto the Eastern Freeway and travel towards Ringwood. The Eastern Freeway turns into the Eastlink Tollway after Springvale Road. If you have an Eastlink or Citylink pass, continue on the Eastlink Tollway, go through the Mullum Mullum tunnel – make sure to stay in the left lane as the turnoff is straight after the tunnel ends. Turn left after exiting the tunnel towards Ringwood. Turn left onto the Maroondah Highway towards Lilydale. Once past Lilydale, you can choose where in the Yarra Valley you’d like to explore.

By Public Transport: Public Transport Victoria has regular trains heading to Lilydale Station. From Lilydale Station, catch a bus to either Yarra Glen or Healesville.

By Plane: Flights arrive daily from Perth, Queensland, Sydney and Tasmania to Melbourne Airport. The Yarra Valley Wineries are just over an hour’s drive from the airport.

By Air: Helicopter flights are available from Melbourne CBD to the Yarra Valley Wineries. They include a gourmet lunch at a winery in the region with wine to compliment.

There are also hot air balloon rides from Melbourne CBD to the Yarra Valley. These rides are offered 364 days of the year and the flight lasts 4-5 hours in total so usually completed between 10-11am.

The Wineries of Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley is a cool-climate region, perfect for wineries and vineyards. The region has been producing wine for over 170 years, with the first wine being made in 1845. The first Victorian grapes were planted in the Yarra Valley in 1838, making it the oldest wine region in Victoria.

Discover award-winning vineyards, cellar doors and wineries of the impeccable Yarra Valley. With over 80 wineries, we’ve managed to compile our list to just 7. Here are some of our favourites:

1. Stones of the Yarra Valley

Stones of the Yarra Valley has developed an outstanding reputation for its delicious seasonal menus, extensive wine list and flawless service.

Stones of the Yarra Valley, Source: https://www.stonesoftheyarravalley.com

The Stables at Stones is one of the Yarra Valley’s most visited food and wine destinations. Throughout the late 1800s the Stables historic building served as the stablehand quarters of the property before being transformed into the fine-dining space that it is today.

The Stables offers a wine list that’s carefully curated to showcase the Yarra Valley’s finest producers alongside a range of international wine selections.

All about shared plates with wine to match. The menu is ever-changing, which is exciting for guests. The staff are so lovely and so is the Stones in general. The views are stunning and we highly recommend adding this place to your ‘must-see’ list.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.7 ⭐️ Google rating

 

2. Oakridge Wines

Oakridge pairs hand-crafted wines and food in a beautiful and seamless way. The winery is a family-owned winery, restaurant and cellar door, founded in 1978. Oakridge is a well-known, award-winning winery with its wine being sold in bottle shops, online and found on restaurant menus.

Oakridge Wines, Source: https://www.oakridgewines.com.au

Exceptional service, food and wine are what to expect when visiting Oakridge.

Oakridge chefs have created an impeccable menu with ethical food sourcing. They have a zero-waste menu philosophy, with all of their ingredients either grown in the Oakridge garden or sourced from local farms and producers.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.6 ⭐️ Google rating

 

3. Domaine Chandon

During the mid-1980s, a team of Chandon’s wine connoisseurs stumbled upon Green Point, an old dairy farm in the Yarra Valley. The cool climate region and quality soil was the perfect home for Domaine Chandon.

Domaine Chandon, Source: https://www.chandon.com.au

Domaine Chandon’s traditions come from Champagne house Moët & Chandon, but its expertise is planted in the Yarra Valley wine region. They are the only Australian sparkling specialists with genuine French heritage and are well recognised in the industry.

Today, Domaine Chandon has a great reputation and winery with a lovely restaurant, delicious food and professional staff. 

Reviews
4.0 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.5 ⭐️ Google rating

 

 


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4. De Bertoli Wines

This winery is a family-owned company, being passed down through four generations since it was first founded in 1928. The De Bortoli family purchased the Yarra Valley Estate in 1987, after setting their sights upon a well-known cool-climate region, perfect for producing high-quality wines. The first vineyard was planted in 1971, which makes this winery one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley.

De Bortoli Wines, Source: https://www.debortoli.com.au

Today, this Yarra Valley winery is managed by third generation family member, Leanne De Bortoli and her chief winemaker husband – Stephen Webber. De Bertoli is an amazing, family-friendly winery which has stunning views overlooking the regions hills and neighbouring vineyards.

Visitors are encouraged to indulge in traditional Italian style food in the upstairs restaurant. If you head into the cellar door, you can try some of the wineries favourites like their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.4 ⭐️ Google rating

 

5. TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra Estate is one of Australia’s great wineries and a must-see destination. It is well-known for its art museum, fine wine, striking architecture seasonal food and friendly atmosphere. 

TarraWarra Estate, Source: http://www.tarrawarra.com.au

TarraWarra wines are grown and made with gentle care and attention. Winemaker Clare Halloran aims to nurture the natural balance and harmony of the wine, reflecting the vine age and season of the estate grown fruit.

Since the TarraWarra art museum opened in 2003, it has become recognised as a somewhat cultural jewel of the Yarra Valley. It provides visitors with an enjoyable and inspiring experience, combining stunning architecture with modern and contemporary art.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.2 ⭐️ Google rating

 

6. Dominique Portet

Ninth-generation winemaker Dominique Portet chose the cool climate Yarra Valley as home to the winery he founded back in 2000.

Dominique Portet, Source: https://dominiqueportet.com

Now tenth generation son, Ben, leads the winemaking team, keeping the tradition alive.

The wines are to be easily enjoyed and traditional in their own way. You can immerse yourself in a wine tour to learn all about the history of the winery. There is also a homewares store to explore if you’re wanting something a little different.

Delicious rustic French food, stunning views with wine to match. Dominique Portet is a must visit when heading to the Yarra Valley.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.3 ⭐️ Google rating

 

7. Coombe Yarra Valley

Former home to the world-famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, Coombe Yarra Valley is a unique gourmet and cultural destination. Visitors are treated to an exceptional dining experience featuring award-winning Coombe Farm wines, whilst overlooking picturesque views.

Coombe Yarra Valley, Source: https://www.coombeyarravalley.com.au

The restaurant at Coombe Yarra Valley only uses the best local produce available. The delicious menu is accompanied by their award-winning estate wines.

A gorgeous winery placed amongst seven acres, with beautiful gardens, great wine and food. The staff are knowledgable, super friendly and accommodating. Coombe is a great place to spend the day or even just in the afternoon.

Reviews
4.5 ⭐️ TripAdvisor rating
4.3 ⭐️ Google rating

 

Things To Do In The Yarra Valley

Known for its well-known wine producing region, the Yarra Valley not only has a rich history of wineries but also a significant history with beer and cider production dating back to the early 1800s. Home to several micro-breweries and cider makers, a cider and ale trail has been created. The scenic trail showcases White Rabbit Brewery, Coldstream Brewery, Giverny Estate, Buckleys, Kellybrook, Hargreaves Hill and Punt Road Wines.

There is so much more to do than visit the Yarra Valley Wineries. There are stunning gardens, parks, markets and the occasional music festival to explore.

If you live in Melbourne, make a day trip out to the Yarra Valley. For those inter-state travellers, numerous cellar doors have luxurious accommodation on offer, why not make a week out of it.

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