Published on 11th April 2016
by Kelly Pigram (words) and Gareth Sobey (photography)

Sprawling vineyards, expertly matched food and wine and enchanting natural surrounds, only an hour from Melbourne.

We all know someone who has a favourite place to visit in the Yarra Valley. With its first vines planted in 1838, it is Victoria’s oldest wine region, and most-likely the most visited. The Valley’s highly-respected winemakers experiment with new varieties, styles and techniques all the time, and with Victoria’s oldest planted vineyards, the region has developed a global reputation for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

Naturally, there are a string of restaurants that perfectly complement the wine. Stop by Innocent Bystander for a sourdough pizza, Ezard at Levantine Hill for an eight-course degustation or Healesville Harvest for a breakfast of local produce. After that, take a hike to a waterfall or book a flight on a hot-air balloon.

The real beauty of the Yarra Valley is its convenience, with most destinations an easy hour out of Melbourne. Craving fancy cheese? Yarra Valley Dairy. Want to cuddle a native critter? Healesville Sanctuary. You can leave in the morning and be home in time for dinner, but why wouldn’t you stay the whole weekend?

Welcome to Yarra Valley

NEAREST CAPITAL CITY

Melbourne

PUBLIC TRANSPORT

2 hours and 30 mins by train and bus

DRIVE

1 hour from Melbourne

EAT

You know the region for its wine, but the Yarra Valley is also home to some incredible cafes and restaurants. Brunch spot, winery restaurant, degustation – take your pick.

DRINK

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region, with its first vines planted in 1838. Here’s our pick of the region’s best.

Four Pillars Gin

Bar

Do you know how to do a gin tasting?

2A Lilydale Road Healesville 3777
Wednesday
10:30am - 5:30pm

Napoleone Brewery and Cider House

Bar

Pizza and cold beer, Yarra Valley style.

12 St Huberts Road Coldstream 3770
Wednesday
10:00am - 5:00pm

DO

It’s not just food and wine. Give your stomach a rest and try another activity.

Itinerary

Wine Tour of the Yarra Valley

If you appreciate a good glass of wine, traipsing around Victoria's oldest wine region is a brilliant way to spend your day. Here's how to do it.