From the Yarra Valley to the Pinot Coast, the southern state’s varied climate makes it one of the best wine-growing destinations in the world. However, there’s even more to discover here than the region’s famous labels – from the lush Shiraz Central vines of the northern hills and 19th Century-dated cellar doors of the King Valley, to the wineries coupled with farm-to-table restaurants of Rutherglen, here’s the best of Victoria’s must-visit wine districts.
Located less than an hour from Melbourne’s city centre, the Yarra Valley is one of the most visited wine regions in the world. This lush, cool-climate region is peppered with a range of award-winning vineyards and diverse cellar doors, from small hideaways concealed amongst the vines to trendy architecturally inspired spaces with sweeping landscape views. With a seven-month growing season, there’s a focus on Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes, which can be sampled at every turn.
Among the 160 Yarra Valley wineries, Hubert Estate is one of the region’s oldest producers. Visit the cellar door built into a roly-poly-worthy hillside, where you can try Hubert’s famous Cabernet Sauvignon, before enjoying lunch at the barn-style modern restaurant. Serving a menu of Aussie and European-inspired fare prepared using locally sourced ingredients, the Wandin Yallock Farms heirloom tomatoes with grilled scamorza, basil and balsamic is a top choice. Finish off your visit to the new in-house Indigenous art gallery.
King Valley Wine Region
Over the years, Italian migrant families have established award-winning wineries in the King Valley Wine region in North-East Victoria. A three-hour drive from Melbourne, this fertile region offers a long-standing history, with the first vines planted in the 1860s. It is also the first region to produce Australian-made premium Prosecco, alongside a variety of well-known Italian wines such as Nebbiolo and Pinot Grigio.
Head to the scenic Politini Wines in the Cheshunt area for traditional estate-grown French and Italian varietals. Here, guests have the chance to sample a range of premium-quality options, including the Prosecco, before getting stuck into a Sicilian cooking class.
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