It's easy to forget that the Yarra Valley, with its rolling green hills, swaying vineyards and rustic farmhouses, is less than an hour's drive from the CBD. The cellar doors of the region's famous wineries are open and its restaurants are filled with farm-fresh produce; what are you waiting for? For more mini-break ideas, visit our guide to Victoria's best getaways. Alternatively, stay close to the city and discover Melbourne's best wine bars.
Yarra Valley wineries we love
Critics and connoisseurs alike rave consistently about Dominique Portet’s Fontaine Rosé, one that’s an exceptional berry-driven summery blend of merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon; and a steal at $22 a bottle.
More info: 870 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. 03 5962 5760. Open daily 10am-5pm.
Their Reserve Shiraz Viognier is one of the finest examples of the blend to be produced in Australia. And if you don’t want to spend $90 on the top shelf bottle, pick-up a Yering Station Shiraz Viognier for $40.
More info: 38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen. 03 9730 0100. Open Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
After you’ve been distracted by the stunning surrounds make a beeline for the tasting room and try the Single Block and Reserve ranges – the best-of-the-best chardonnay and pinot noir produced on the Estate.
More info: 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen. 03 5957 3510. Open Tue-Sun 11am-5pm.