If you’re a lover of all things artisan and interesting, Maddens Rise is sure to tickle your tastebuds. The 2017 Arcobaleno ($30) – which is Italian for rainbow – is a stunner. This delicious field blend features a selection of hand-picked, small-batch fermented grapes (vermentino, chenin blanc, garganega and fiano), made with minimum intervention. It’s like a party in your mouth.
Eat and drink: Wine tasting only. The reserve chardonnay ($40) and and 2013 shiraz ($30) are a real treat.
Visit: Open Thursday to Sunday 11am to 5pm. Corner Maroondah Highway and Maddens Lane, Coldstream. maddensrise.com
COVID-19 update: Maddens Rise is currently closed due to coronavirus restrictions, but you can still head to their online store for taste of the latest releases, such as the 2019 Rosso and the 2019 Rose.
Many Hands Winery
Pull up a chair and settle in for a woodfired feast overlooking the vines at Many Hands Winery. Here, the restaurant is all about Sicilian-style home cooking (hello, white anchovies, $12, and Italian sausage pizza, $24), and the wines – which lean towards more classic Yarra Valley varietals of cabernet, pinot noir and chardonnay – are a match made in heaven.
Eat and drink: The octopus ($15), which is marinated in tarragon and rosemary then woodfired to perfection, is hard to beat and pairs deliciously with a glass of the 2013 unwooded chardonnay ($12). And you can never go wrong with the woodfired pizzas (from $21).
Visit: Open Friday to Monday 10am to 5pm. 2 Maxwells Road, Coldstream. manyhandswinery.com.au
COVID-19 update: Set menu ($50), with two sittings, 12pm and 2pm. Bookings essential.
Call 0400 035 105 to check availability.
This convivial, family-run winery offers the best of both worlds – generous hospitality and generous wines. On the mouth-watering menu is a selection of platters featuring local and imported ingredients, traversing everything from fromage and charcuterie to Spanish conservas.
Eat and drink: Seafood lovers, get ready to salivate. The Pescados Platter ($45 for two people), comes loaded with smoked salmon terrine, your choice of Spanish conservas, antipasto, salad and fresh focaccia. And then there’s the wine. You can’t go wrong with a glass of the 2017 Marsanne ($14).
Visit: Open 10am to 5pm, Friday to Sunday. 860 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream. warramundaestate.com.au
COVID-19 update: Open for platters and tastings from 11am across the entire weekend. A flat fee of $35 per person applies to all ages, with a maximum stay of 90 minutes per party. Email email@example.com for booking or to check availability.