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Victoria's oldest wine region

Yarra Valley

On Melbourne's doorstep is one of the world’s premier wine regions, the Yarra Valley. Famous for outstanding locally-grown produce and an array of fine restaurants to savour. Wine lovers are spoilt for choice with more than 80 wine cellars to discover. Cycle through the fruitful vineyards, go winery hopping, play golf, get a bird's eye view in a hot air balloon or relax at a luxury spa. The perfect getaway from city life!

Where should you visit in the Yarra Valley?

See the day out with a glass of wine (or two!) with your favourite people
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Learn about the process of growing and making wine
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Welcome to the Yarra Valley wine region

Famed throughout the country for being one of the best wine regions in Australia, the Yarra Valley is Victoria’s jewel on the crown. Located within a day trip's distance from Melbourne (a one-hour drive), this picturesque region boasts rolling vineyards, secret gardens and national parks. Australia's premier cool-climate wine region has 80 vineyards and is renowned for producing quality Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and sparkling wines.

A foodie and wine lovers haven

Taste the local and finest flavours of the Yarra Valley. Fresh and locally sourced produce, paired with the most excellent local wine. Soak up the scenery of rolling vineyards as you sample the most exquisite varieties of wine. In the summer, be sure to visit the Wine Machine music, food and wine festival at Rochford Wines.

When is the best time to visit?

This beautiful part of Victoria can be visited any time of the year. However, early autumn (March) and late spring (November) have calm and comfortable weather with little rain. In early March, vineyards are laden with ripe grapes and you can watch the harvesting process. It is also the perfect time to join the food festivals that occur during this period.

Enjoy a romantic meal for two in picturesque settings
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Life slows down in the Yarra, tomorrow is another day
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The different wines of the Yarra Valley

Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are two varieties you'll rarely go wrong with in the Yarra Valley, but the cool climate also produces award-winning sparkling wines. And it doesn't end here! Look a little further and you'll find great Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and lesser-known wines such as Nebbiolo and Gamay.


Known as the valley’s premium grape variety, Chardonnay used to be the Yarra's most popular wine. However, it's been surpassed by Pinot Noir in recent years. Having said that, there has been a resurgence in interest in it. New varieties that are lighter and less oaky have started to emerge. Today, the Chardonnays of the Yarra Valley have increased citrus notes and are slightly more floral than their past counterparts.

Pinot Noir

Moving on from whites to reds, Pinot Noir is perhaps the most popular red wine in the Yarra. The varieties from the region are often perfumed and aromatic, whilst also boasting fruity, savoury, and earthy undertones.

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Sample Yarra wines until you drop
Give in to your sweet tooth at one of the many bakeries
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Treat your senses on a winery tour

Be sure to visit TarraWarra Estate, one of the best wineries in the Yarra Valley and a must-see destination. It is well-known for its art museum, fine wine, striking architecture, seasonal food and friendly atmosphere.

De Bortoli is an amazing, family-friendly winery which has stunning views overlooking the region's hills and neighbouring vineyards. Indulge in traditional Italian-style food in the upstairs restaurant. Head into the cellar door where you can try some of the winery’s favourites like their Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

For delicious rustic French food and stunning views with wine to match, Dominique Portet is a must-visit when visiting the Yarra Valley.

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Things to see and do

As well as enjoying wine, there is so much more to discover in the Yarra Valley. Take your pick of museums and learn about the local history and culture. Get your adrenaline kick on a skydive. Find the perfect accompaniment to wine in the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Fancy a different beverage? Head to Meletos cider house and brewery. Do anything your heart desires!

The Ada Tree Trail

With so many great outdoor activities and adventures on offer in the Yarra Valley, it would be a real shame not to experience some. The Ada Tree Trail is an easy walk that meanders through the Yarra Ranges and reaches a distance of 3.2 kilometres, approximately a 1.5 hour return trip. Check out some of the oldest and largest trees in Australia, some reach 73 metres high and date back over 300 years!

Watch the sunrise as you float over the valley in a hot air balloon
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Watch four seasons unfold in one day over the vineyards
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Upper Yarra Reservoir Park

Set in the peaceful high country east of Warburton, lies the popular Upper Yarra Reservoir Park. The carefully maintained gardens and picnic grounds, encompassed by eucalypt bushland and spectacular scenery, makes visiting Upper Yarra Reservoir Park a memorable experience. Take a stroll to the viewing platform and watch water flow through the reservoir's outlet basin as it begins its journey to Melbourne.

Enjoy an array of wildlife and local towns

The Yarra Valley region is dispersed throughout the towns of Healesville, Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Seville and Lilydale. Immerse yourself in the charming town of Healesville, a foodie paradise. Don't forget to take a walk through Healesville Sanctuary. Chances are you will encounter koalas!

Another classic country town is Warburton, a centre for local wine and homemade shops. And for some serious family fun head to the Warburton Water World. Or pass by the historic town of Yarra Glen and enjoy a cheese board!

Admire colourful native birds at the Healesville Sanctuary
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Get to the top of Mount Riddell for stunning views over the reservoir
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The Dandenong Ranges

Escape to a lush haven of hidden delights in the Dandenong Ranges' secret fern glades, towering forests and eclectic villages. Hop on the Puffing Billy Railway at Belgrave and wander your way over historic trestle bridges, through the lush fern glades, towering forests and charming villages from your open carriage. Afterwards indulge in a high tea or, if that’s not your thing, the fancy pubs will hit the spot.

For an unforgettable experience, visit the SkyHigh atop Mount Dandenong and enjoy panoramic views of Melbourne’s skyline over a delicious lunch or dinner.

Travel back in time on a steam train
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Walk one of the many trails in the Dandenong Ranges
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Surrounding areas

Victoria is a melting pot of a modern blend of Australian cuisine and produces some of the best wines in Australia. Melbourne is known as Australia's culinary city with over 3500 restaurants serving over 70 different cuisines from different countries around the world. Just outside of Melbourne, you are also spoilt for choice on your culinary adventure. If you are a foodie or a wine lover, Victoria is sure to spark your palette!

Mornington Peninsula

Just an hour's drive from The Yarra Valley, south of Melbourne, is the Mornington Peninsula. This region has a Mediterranean vibe and is renowned for its exquisite food and wine scene. Like the Yarra Valley, the area is best known for producing Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Besides 50 wonderful wineries that this region has to offer, it is also a place where you can surf, dive or swim with dolphins. Plenty to do and discover!

Bellarine Peninsula

One hour’s drive from Melbourne in the opposite direction (southwest), is the Bellarine Peninsula. Besides the quaint seaside villages and fantastic beaches, it’s been growing its reputation as a foodie destination. Explore the burgeoning foodie scene, complete with craft breweries, local wineries, farm gates and provedores. Surf, paddle and swim at bay and ocean beaches, and get close to local wildlife in Port Phillip Bay.

Mornington Peninsula Vineyard view
Enjoy a vineyard stay on Mornington Peninsula
Make your way down the stunning, rugged coastline of Victoria
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Where to stay?

Make your trip extra special by experiencing a unique stay from our large collection of hand-selected accommodations located in the Yarra Valley and beyond. Your travel specialist will match you up with accommodation that suits your wants and needs. A journey where your accommodation is an experience in itself.

After a day of exploring the Yarra, retreat in your own private sanctuary
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