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The Best Wineries in Melbourne

Published 30 March 2016

Brendan Wan

Brendan Wan

Australia’s wine reputation has been steadily growing in popularity over the years to become a contender on the world stage. Although South Australia may be the premier wine estate of the country, the neighbouring state of Victoria houses fine luscious wines that offer a good challenge for the title of best Australian wine. In this post local Brendan Wan reveals the best wineries in Melbourne.

Green grapes growing in a winery in the Yarra Valley

With more wine producers than any other state, Victoria’s two major wine regions of Morning Peninsula and Yarra Valley are just a bus ride away from Melbourne, and they’re perfect for a relaxing getaway from the cosmopolitan life. Housing over 150 wineries, listed below are a few of the local favourites where you can sample the finest fresh wines and enjoy the wonderful delights that the Victorian wine country has to offer.

Mornington Peninsula

South of Melbourne city lies the popular summer getaway of Mornington Peninsula. With close proximity to the sea, the region’s cool climate is renowned for producing Pinot noir, Pinot gris and Chardonnay.

  • Foxeys Hangout – A small intimate winery that serves mouth-watering tapas to die for. Try the estate’s legendary Muscat, a silky smooth wine with a thick honey-like texture.
  • Red Hill Estate – Situated on the high grounds overlooking a poetic country landscape, this winery houses the finest Pinot noir and Pinot gris in the region.
  • Montalto Vineyard – An elegant winery with a spectacular view, this estate produces luscious sparkling Cuvees, refreshing Rieslings and award-winningChardonnays.
  • T’Gallant – With its wooden barnyard interior, T’Gallant is the birthplace of Australian Pinot grigio, producing a distinct crisp and vibrant wine style that rivals its European relatives.
  • Port Phillip Estate – Resembling more of an elegant modern opera house than a winery, Port Phillip Estate maintains a strong reputation with theirPinot noir selection.

A winery in the Mornington Peninsula

Yarra Valley

Situated north east of Melbourne city are the enchanting open fields of Yarra Valley. Comparably closer to the city centre than Mornington, Yarra Valley is famed for producing a fine variety of wines such as chardonnay, Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and sparkling wines.

  • Innocent Bystander Winery – This architectural funky-looking winery provides a romantic atmosphere with its delicious modern Australian cuisine and its seductive red wine collection.
  • De Bortoli Wines – Founded by Italian immigrants in the 1920’s, De Bortoli blends authentic Italian wine making with Australian characteristics to produce an impressive sweet white wines collection.
  • Domaine Chandon – Owned by the French Champagne estate, Moët & Chandon, Domaine Chandon is the region’s largest and well-known winery that houses some of the country’s finest sparkling wines. The free daily tour of the winery is highly recommended.
  • Oakridge – Surrounded by picturesque vineyards, Oakridge offers some of the region’s best Chardonnay and Shiraz.
  • Rochford Wines – With their endless amount of cultural activities and events, Rochford Winery is the place to go for the good fun vibes in the Yarra Valley. Their acclaimed Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay are a must try!
  • The Sticks – Self-described as a ‘the most progressive winery in the region’, this estate sources its grapes from all over the region, allowing the taster to truly experience what the Yarra Valley has to offer.  Their Pinot noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Sauvignon blanc are outstanding.
  • Yering Station – Yarra Valley’s oldest winery proves that it’s still got it. A greenhouse-like restaurant sitting next to a barnyard tasting station, Yering Station’s Chardonnay and sparkling wine selection are among the finest in the region.

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