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Australia Guide: Yarra Valley

Whilst spending time in Melbourne the second wine tour I chose to do was Yarra Valley which is located 25km from Melbourne. We chose to book a wine tour that included a trip to Healesville Sanctuary which I will write about in another post this meant we only visited 2 wineries.

With over 90 cellar doors Yarra Valley is recognised at one of the world’s premiere wine regions. 

The first place we visited for our mini wine tour was Yering Station which has been making wine since 1838 when it became Victoria’s first vineyard. An estate with a signature restaurant as well as grounds which offer spectacular views. There are two different wine tasting packages available, we did the premium package which allowed us to taste 5 different wines from the Estate and Reserve collections such as: 

Pinot Noir 

Chardonnay

Shiraz

The second place we visited was De Bortoli wines which has been making wine for over 90 years and is one of the larger privately owned companies in Australia. De Bortoli also have cellar doors at Hunter Valley, Rutherglen and Bilbul. De Bortoli also make wines with different brand names including:

Noble One

Lusatia

The Estate Vineyard

Rococo 

When visiting the cellar door at Yarra Valley there are different tastings available, we did the cheese and wine flight which allowed us to taste 4 different wines which were matched with 4 different cheeses. Wines we taste include 

Noble One Botrytis Semillon 

Riesling

Chardonnay

Tawny Port 

If doing a wine tour there is a chance of being taken to Domaine Chandon which hails from Champagne house Moet & Chandon, the group that we did the tour visited here in the morning whilst we were at Healesville Sanctuary. 

There are other things to do in Yarra Valley as well as visiting cellar doors such as:

Diamond Valley Railway

Hot Air Balloon Flight 

Kinglake Forest Adventures

Lilydale – Warburton rail trail 

Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery

Are you someone who likes doing a wine tour?

Laura Jane

At the time of this being posted we are in the middle of a pandemic, please remain safe and abide by any travel restrictions. Any further information on travel restrictions can be found on the government website. 

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