Escaping to the vineyards is the perfect weekend getaway.
While our lives tend to get busier, sometimes we need to take a quick break and explore other areas to relax and recharge. And whether you live near a city or further from the suburbs, wineries are a great place to visit as they're often only a couple of hours from main cities - making the perfect day trip, weekend or longer holiday. While Australia is home to many award-winning wineries, Victoria's Yarra Valley is an iconic wine precinct that is only an hours drive from Melbourne, but has sweeping views over its vineyard landscapes with many wineries to choose from.
Here, we list some of the best:
If the last word is familiar, you're right to think that this cellar door is something special. Owned by French champagne company, Moet & Chandon, this stunning winery in Coldstream mirrors everything from a romantic French chateau. With panoramic views to its sweeping vineyards and hugging mountains in the distance, visitors can sip on a glass of sparkling from the luxurious lounge bar before having a spot of lunch at their restaurant, or base themselves on the second floor for a 'wine immersion' tasting class. If you're wanting a taste of luxury and indulgence, this is the place.
As one of the prominent wine labels in Australia, this vineyard is a popular destination for wine enthusiasts. With pictruesque views of its 170 hectares, the family run business is specialises in producing chardonnay, pinot noir, syrah and cabernet sauvignon - while they've recently planted new crops of pinot gris, pinot blanc and gamay noir. With such an extensive wine list, the De Bortoli Yarra Valley vineyards is a great one-stop-shop, with their cohesive cellar door, Locale restaurant and array of activities the husband and wife team operate. Also a popular wedding venue, the glorious surrounds of this vineyard is worth admiring.
Bird on a Wire
While this winery may be a smaller vineyard compared to other more established names, there's a reason why Birds on a Wire has gained a promiment name for itself. Owner and winemaker, Caroline Mooney grew up in the Yarra Valley with her parents as local producers, learning about the land from a young age. While Caroline only created Birds on a Wire in 2008, the young label gained widespread recognition for its chardonnay and shiraz, with the vineyard now producing a variety of other blends. With an intimate cellar door, don't miss the opportunity to experience this authentic vineyard.
Calling all foodie lovers - this one's for you. Set in the stunning scenery of Coldstream, this vineyard is the place to go for the ultimate food and wine pairings. Revered Austrailan chef, Matt Stone heads the kitchen at this Victorian vineyard, pulling in awards for the exceptional menu on a regular occurence. Visitors can look out to the extensive view of the vineyard while they taste the delicious menu which is designed to marry perfectly with the wines produced. With a separate cellar door and wine shop, become immersed in the quality and indulgence of this premium vineyard.
You may come here for the wine, or to walk through the art gallery - which is also on campus. Set on rolling hills, the vineyards are reminicent of lush Tuscan countryside, with every surface of the landscape carefully curated to offer a different experience. While visitors can dine at the paddock-to-plate restaurant, they can find the stone cellar door carved into a hillside; its curved arms offering an intriguing opening to the building. Enter the polished concrete floors and pay $5 to sample the estate's wines with winemaker, Clare Halloran, before exploring their on-site art gallery, showcasing contemporary Australian artists.
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