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The top five Yarra Valley wineries

Stock up at Time Out's favourite wineries in the Yarra Valley

Photograph: Rob Blackburn

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

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Dominique Portet

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.

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Yering Station

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.

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3

Coldstream Hills

These guys produce wonderfully complex, engaging and fruit-driven cabernet sauvignon and merlot alongside brilliant pinot noir. Chardonnays are also a standout. 

More info: 31 Maddens Ln, Coldstream. 03 5960 7000. Open daily 10am-5pm.

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4

Tarrawarra Estate

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.

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5

Domaine Chandon

The big daddy of bubbles producers in Victoria, Domaine Chandon has been crafting top shelf sparkling wine since the days it was allowed to be called Champagne. 

More info: 727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. 03 9738 9200. Open daily 10.30am-4.30pm.

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Time Out's guide to the Yarra Valley

It’s hard to believe the Yarra Valley is so close to Melbourne. One minute you’re in the CBD, the next suburbia and then all of a sudden, rolling hills covered in vines and paddocks with cows aplenty.

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By: Time Out editors

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