The best wineries and cellar doors in the Yarra Valley
From the best cellar doors to the most beautiful vineyard lunches and views, here are the top wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley and surrounds.
Established in 1838, the Yarra Valley has a “rich history”, says Camm Whiteoak, RACV City Club Sommelier.
The regional Victorian location was crowned the state’s first official wine region in 1838, after brothers William, Donald and James Ryrie settled there in 1837, establishing the area’s first commercial vineyard on the property where Chateau Yering now stands.
“It was one of the most significant wine growing regions in Australia, but suffered a substantial decline, only to be revived again in the early 1970s,” he says.
Fast forward some 180 years, and there are over 80 vineyards and cellar doors to explore, making the area one of Victoria’s most visited day trip destinations.
“What makes the region so special to me is the diversity of the varietals that are grown, the quality of the wines, the aesthetics of the landscape, and the fact that it’s an hour’s drive from central Melbourne,” Whiteoak says.
While popular year-round, Whiteoak’s favourite time to visit is autumn.
“The golden hues of the leaves, combined with still, warm days and crisp nights makes it the most vibrant and beautiful time of the year.”
His advice when visiting? “Planning to have the last winery visit within walking distance of your accommodation is always a good idea,” he says.
If you’re heading to the Yarra Valley region, make a stay of it at the RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort.
RACV Healesville Country Club & Resort is located "within walking distance of the town centre,” Whiteoak says, which means you can experience “the best the Yarra Valley has to offer on your doorstep.”
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