Australia's reputation as a wine-loving country is pretty defined, and the popularity of its vineyards has been steadily growing over the years. Today, it has become a strong contender on the world stage. While the country's premier wine estates are often found in its Southern regions, some of Australia's best wineries are also found in and around Melbourne. If you are planning to go on a wine tour, we can provide coach hire for groups of up to 70 people.
Victoria has more wine producers than any other state in Australia and its two major wine regions are Yarra Valley and Morning Peninsula. What’s more, they are just a convenient bus ride away from Melbourne, the state’s well known coastal capital. These wine regions are the perfect grounds for a relaxing weekend getaway from the cosmopolitan life.
Yarra Valley is a unique location where visitors are greeted with enchanting open fields. Situated north east of Melbourne city, Yarra Valley is renowned for its production of a fine variety of wines such as sparkling wines, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir, and Chardonnay.
Mornington Peninsula is next on the list, and famous as a summer getaway. Located south of Melbourne City, and being in close proximity to the sea, the wine region's natural cool climate makes it the perfect destination for making an exceptional range of Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir.
Collectively in Melbourne, there are more than 100 wineries to visit, and listed below are a few of the local favourites. We are pretty sure that you can’t wait to sample the finest wines and other wonderful delights that those wineries have to offer, so let's get started!
Rochford Winery is the go-to place for an endless amount of cultural activities and events. The winery is also a must-visit because of its good fun vibes. While you are here, don't forget to check out the Rochford Cellar Door as well as the Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour. The knowledgeable staff will ensure you enjoy an engaging wine tasting experience. What's more, you can purchase your favourite wines on-site. A good recommendation is their acclaimed Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignon. Don't go home without them!
This Sticks is described by many wine lovers and enthusiasts as one of the most progressive wineries in the Yarra Valley. This one of a kind estate sources its grapes from all around the region, allowing you as the taster to truly experience what Yarra Valley has in store for you. Outstanding selections of wines include their Sauvignon Blanc, Cabernet Sauvignon, and Pinot noir. It is not an overstatement to say that they are must-tries.
If you wish to experience a pioneering winery, you should consider paying Yering Station a visit. Yering Station is Yarra Valley’s oldest winery and offers a fine selection of sparkling wines and Chardonnay. What's more, there is a greenhouse-like restaurant sitting next to a barnyard tasting station.
Red Hill Estate is a multi-award winning wine producer and is situated on the high grounds that overlook a poetic and picturesque country landscape. This stunning winery was established in 1989 and its property sits in an internationally renowned cool climate region on Mornington Peninsula. If you are down for some of the finest Pinot Gris and Pinot Noir as well as the panoramic views of Western Port Bay, the Red Hill Estate is a must-visit.
Foxeys Hangout is described as a cosy and intimate winery by many, and is renowned for serving mouth-watering tapas that are simply to die for. Do consider visiting Foxeys Hangout because you are welcomed to join sparkling winemaker Michael Lee for a private wine making tutorial. If you are keen on the concept "Create Your Own Sparkling Wine," you will also love the fact that your wines are going to be handmade to the highest standards.
Located in the heart of the Yarra Valley, and just an hour's drive from the city of Melbourne, Tarrawarra Estate offers a brand new and modern Cellar Door. It overlooks the heritage block of Pinot Noir vines. Its stunning surroundings are sure to leave you star-struck. After marvelling at the scenic views, proceed to the tasting room and try the Single Block and Reserve ranges. They are the best-of-the-best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays the Estate has to offer.
Port Phillip Estate is well known for its limited and fast-selling wines. From 2015 Beurrot Pinot Gris to 2014 Massale Pinot Noirs, you better act fast before they run out of stock. Surrounded by mounds of indigenous spotted gums and native grasses, the unique winery resembles more of an elegant modern opera house. Consider visiting Port Phillip Estate during your next Melbourne trip.
Since its inception in the 1980s, Coldstream Hills is a reputable winery that is renowned for producing distinctive and outstanding wines from hero varieties of the region. This region is located approximately 50 km north-east of Melbourne, and the close-planted vineyards you can see lining the natural amphitheatre are icons of the region. You should definitely try their fruit-driven, engaging, and wonderfully complex Pinot Noir, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon.
Dominique Portet's winery has a rich history that dates back to 1720 as well as his French lineage. His family has ten consecutive generations of winemaking, and has produced a fine selection of wines, including 2013 Dominique Portet Shiraz, 2015 Dominique Portet Sauvignon Blanc, Dominique Portet Brut Rosé NV, and more. The Dominique Portet Winery boasts a Mediterranean atmosphere, and even offers vintage tours, barrel tastings, and wine tastings.
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