Sample the balanced, elegant wines of the Yarra Valley in the cellar door of an iconic winery and understand why this region has bewitched visitors for generations.
The birthplace of Victoria's wine industry
Cruise around Healesville, Yarra Glen, Dixon's Creek and Coldstream, or Nillumbik, Hurstbridge and Kangaroo Ground, past golden hills criss-crossed with vines and framed by misty blue ranges and imagine the region as it was when vines were first planted in the 1800s. The region's wineries pay homage to this pioneering history; at the same time working on new innovations to maintain their ever-increasing international reputations.
A cool climate and diverse soil types have seen the Yarra Valley become synonymous with wines of great elegance and restraint. Taste the signature chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling wines, but also seek out the excellent examples of shiraz, riesling, pinot gris and sauvignon blanc.
Matching local wines and regional produce
The regional emphasis on the quality and flavour of wine has spread to the local produce grown in the same fertile soil and expertly tended. Expect the finest contemporary fare and ambient dining in some of the most picturesque settings in Victoria, with renowned chefs creating masterpieces inspired by the local produce in winery restaurants.
Visit cellar doors in tin sheds or in designer statements and prepare to be inundated with information about the estate wines and the winemaking process from the passionate vintners and their families.
Sip local wines anywhere from one of the many cafés, restaurants, produce stores, farmers' markets and farm gates featuring everything from fruit and vegetables to chocolate and cheese, and of course, grapes.