Graceburn Wine Room


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There are a lot of wineries in the Yarra Valley region. After a day of exploring, they all start to look pretty similar.

That’s when you head to Graceburn Wine Room. It’s a small cellar door space for Mac Forbes’s wine, seven kilometres from his vineyards. Situated conveniently in Healesville town centre, it’s a simple, relaxed space with concrete floors and one communal tasting table.

It’s different from anything else in the Yarra Valley. Friendly, passionate staff will take you through a tasting flight of Forbes’s wine, telling the story behind each of them.

There are no tasting notes available – it’s all up to your own interpretation. The three grades of riesling (RS10, RS29 and RS56) are a popular tasting option, as are the chardonnay and pinot noir. The experimental wines are a mix of traditional and playful styling. EB21 is made with candied-orange liqueur.

The wine room also serves specialty tea; cheese and crackers; and a list of wines made by friends in the area. There are no tasting notes for any of these, either.

Forbes, born and raised in the Yarra Valley, has a refreshing approach to winemaking. Rather than trying to emulate great wines of the past, he focuses on what makes each of his Yarra Valley vineyards unique.

Explore the Yarra Valley further in our detailed Out of Town to the Yarra Valley guide.