If you’re a keen wine fan, the article below will be right up your alley! It’s a guest post from our friends at Wine Compass Tours, a list of their favourite Yarra Valley Wineries, restaurants, and breweries for an amazing Yarra Valley Day Trip in your favourite GoGet!
If you’ve got more people in your party than a GoGet can fit, Wine Compass Tours run group wine tours of the Morning Peninsula and the Yarra Valley. Give them a call for a fantastic day out with friends!
If you’re keen to grab a car and take a self-driven tour of the best Yarra Valley wineries, read on. Just remember to pick your designated driver!
Victoria’s Yarra Valley wine region is only 51km’s from Melbourne CBD, making it the perfect destination for a Goget road trip. So buckle-up, grab some snacks and let’s hit the road as we share with you our favourite Yarra Valley wineries, restaurants, and hidden gems..
Nestled in a private green oasis, in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Pimpernel Vineyard is one of the smaller Yarra Valley wineries, but rewards its visitors with some of the best wines being produced in Victoria. Pinot Noir drinkers will be spoiled for choice here, with a stunning range that explores the many ways in which this variety can delight and excite wine drinkers of all levels. But it’s not just Pinot they excel at; Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah, Shiraz and a couple of blends pack a punch!
You may want to make this the first and only stop on your trip…but alas, the road is calling us, so this vast adventure in viniculture must continue!
Kellybrook Winery & Distillery
One of the best Yarra Valley wineries is tucked away on the outskirts of the Yarra Valley in Wonga Park, Kellybrook Winery and Distillery. As you arrive, you’ll be greeted by eye-opening slopes lined with vines. This is a really charming and warm cellar door, where you’re invited to take your place by the cosy fire place, or set-up a picnic in their magical and enchanting garden.
The land was originally an apple orchard in the 70s and one of the original plantings of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Riesling, Shiraz, Cabernet and Gewurtztraminer in the region. So is it any wonder this hidden gem is still producing some really outstanding wines and ciders today? Speaking of which, ever tried a traditional method sparkling cider? Even if you have, we think this one will knock your socks off! Made in the same way as a French Champagne, and using a blend of local apple varieties, this favourite was first produced in 1969 and is still winning the hearts of every visitor of this family owned cellar door.
A cellar door with a real difference, Yileena Park feels just like home. That’s if your home was carved into a slope at the base of the Christmas Hills with acres of vines giving way to endless views of the Steels Creek mountain range!
What’s so different about Yileena Park? Aside from producing premium wines of great depth and complexity, each one a true expression of the ever-changing weather cycles of the region – Yileena Park also offers their visitors a range of smoked goods, made using the very barrels their wines are matured in! That’s right, settle in for a platter of smoked cheeses, olives, nuts and olive oil as you sip the magnificent wines produced by this husband and wife team.
You might even be lucky enough to feed Poppy and Freckles, the pet donkeys who greet visitors to this one-of-a-kind cellar door.
As any good road trip host will tell you, a way to a happy traveller is through their stomach. So that means it’s time to explore some of our favourite lunch spots in the Yarra Valley!
DiVino Ristorante @ Mandala Wines
After a morning of wine tastings, there’s only one thing on our mind…carbs!
Not just any carbs though, the positively life-affirming carbs served up at DiVino Ristorante @ Mandala Wines. If perfectly cooked wood-fired pizza is your thing, along with flavour-packed pastas and antipasto, this place is for you. House made gnocchi with lamb shoulder ragu’, roast pumpkin ravioli, and did we mention pizza? Using only the freshest, locally sourced seasonal ingredients really makes all the difference here. A must-eat for locals and visitors alike.
Authentic Northern Italian cuisine. That’s what the kitchen of Trattoria d’Soumah proudly creates. And we couldn’t be happier about it! With a menu that’s designed to suit every taste, from vegetarian orecchiete to duck ragu tagliatelle, swordfish caponata and slow braised lamb, it’ll be hard to tear yourself away from the table. But with captivating views over the vineyard in full view from the restaurant, we may not ever need to! You can also get your wood fire pizza fix here – so I guess this is the perfect slice of Italy, right in the Yarra Valley.
If you’re looking for something a little more refined in a dining experience, look no further than Oakridge Estate. Park the car and throw away the keys, as this place is a real show stopper. Serving dishes at an unparalleled level in the Yarra Valley, each plate is like a work of art. The talented team in the kitchen is headed by none other than multi award-winning chef Matt Stone. Using fresh produce from their very own on-site garden to create a menu that is modern, sustainable and of course, delicious!
So we all know that the Yarra Valley produces some of the best wineries in Australia, but did you know it’s also home to a few good, breweries, dairies and distilleries too?
Four Pillars Distillery
One of the most easily recognisable Australian names in gin, Four Pillars distillery has become a top destination in the Valley for good times, hip vibes and amazing gin.
Their tastings are a real treat. You’ll learn all about the distillation process and become an expert on the art of gin tasting with up to five gins from their range on offer.
Yarra Valley Dairy
We don’t mean to sound cheesy, but this place is oozing with the best selection of locally produced cow’s and goat’s milk cheeses in Victoria.
You can sample a variety from the counter or settle in with a cheeseboard for something more substantial. It’s always a busy hub of activity, but a trip here is a must if you plan to pop a bottle or two and need a little something to nibble on.
Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse
Whether you’re a beer drinker or cider fan, Napoleone delivers the best of both worlds in a casual and atmospheric environment, reminiscent of your favourite local pub. Only estate grown fruit goes into their ciders, and you can really taste the goodness in every glass. Pull-up a stool inside and enjoy a tasting paddle with a view into the on-site brewery, or get comfy outside in the courtyard and enjoy the sunshine.
Keen for another drop?
Our road trip of Yarra Valley wineries is over for now, but there’s still so much of the Yarra Valley to explore. Head to https://www.winecompass.com.au/yarra-valley/wineries/ to discover more of the places we love to visit, and let Wine Compass tailor an itinerary for your very own perfect road trip.
All this talk of food got you hungry? We’ve got you sorted, head to https://www.winecompass.com.au/blog/five-best-lunch-stops-yarra-valley/ for our pick of the best five lunch stops to include on your next trip to the Valley.