Domaine Chandon was established by French Champagne house Moet & Chandon in 1986 and is dedicated to the production of méthode traditionnelle sparkling wine and cool climate still wines. Only one hour from the centre of Melbourne, the Green Point Room visitor centre at Domaine Chandon offers spectacular views across the vineyard and valley to the mountains. Domaine Chandon's winery tour is considered one of the most outstanding wine tourism experiences in the world. A wine masterclass session, 'Sunday School', is run every Sunday and provides both novices and wine enthusiasts alike with a fascinating insight into the world of sparkling and still wine production. The Green Point Room has a variety of food and wine offerings. Lunch is available daily with a menu designed to complement Domaine Chandon's sparkling and still wine styles. Domaine Chandon is open seven days, except for Christmas Day. Guided tours run at 11am, 1pm and 3pm daily, bookings are not required. Lunch is available daily in the Greenpoint Brasserie. Please call for details.
Start your Yarra Valley adventure with a coffee at Yarra Valley Gateway Estate, later enjoying their U-Pick Strawberries. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate are happy to share their knowledge of the Valley with you to ensure your visit is one to remember. Strawberries are now in season, all of their strawberries are grown indoors so you can pick strawberries in all weather conditions. There is no entry fee, you only pay for what you pick. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate is the one stop Farm Gate shop for fresh Yarra Valley produce. Estate grown and produced fruit, vegetables, wine and beef in Coldstream, at the entrance to the Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate grows a range of vegetables year round in the on site greenhouse, including strawberries, sun-ripened capsicums, and pots of basil. All available for sale along with Gateway Estate free range dry aged beef. Available for tasting is Pinot Noir, Shiraz as well as Strawberry Port, Liqueur and Crème. The Farm Gate Shop is the brain child of brothers Brett and Tony Spurling, which sells the best and most extensive array of local produce in the Yarra Valley. Buy fresh organic bread from Healthy Bake and sourdough loafs from Wild Crust Bakery, jams and relishes from Kookaberry and Cunliffe and Waters, Yarra Valley Pasta and Crumbs Biscuits just to name a few. Yarra Valley Gateway Estate fronts a 120 acre, family owned and operated farm and farm gate shop is located on the junction of the Melba and Maroondah Highway in Coldstream, 45 minutes from Melbourne. For a day out in the Yarra Valley pick up a local produce hamper from Gateway Estate on your way. Filled with fresh Yarra Valley cheeses, breads, biscuits and fresh fruit, it is the perfect accompaniment to the renowned regional wines.
At Rochford Wines they aim to provide all visitors to their Cellar Door, Restaurant, Cafe and series of Concerts with a level of service that exceeds your expectations. Sample award-winning wines at the Cellar Door. Match the wines with the seasonal Restaurant menu or enjoy a light lunch in the Cafe whilst over looking the vineyard and surrounding ranges. Enjoy the summer series of concerts (see website for concert dates) 'Rochford Wines' property is one of the Yarra Valley's true showplaces. Follow the curved driveway lined with trees and vines to a classy restaurant, cellar door among the barrels, café and a broad outdoor space for chilling among the beautiful Yarra hills. A sound shell in the grounds sometimes offers concerts to entertain and inspire. Wine quality is very good, and tastings are available of both Rochford's Yarra Valley wines, and the products of their Macedon Ranges vineyards.' Reviewed by Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Punt Road Wines and Napoleon & Co Cider is located in the Yarra Valley although the winery is named after a major thoroughfare in the middle of Melbourne. Considered one of the busiest roads in Melbourne, within walking distance from the Melbourne Cricket Ground and the Royal Botanical Gardens. Punt Road Wines began in the 1850's as a quiet dirt road that ran into Yarra River. The road was surrounded by some of the first vineyards in Victoria, and was linked across the river by a punt, which would ferry people and goods to the other side. A bridge now stands where the punt once was, and the vineyards have been re-established throughout the Yarra Valley, where the grapes for this wine are grown today. The Punt Road Wines range consists of Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Late Harvest Semillon. When vintage conditions permit, exclusive parcels will be labelled under the Punt Road MVN reserve label. In 2008, Punt Road Wines launched the Napoleone & Co. Cider range. Made from estate grown fruit, they produce both an apple and pear Cider as well as a sparkling Methode Traditionelle Pear Cider. 'Punt Road's name comes from Punt Road in the Melbourne suburb of South Yarra, the site of thriving vineyards 150 years ago. This beautifully tended modern vineyard is in prime Yarra Valley heartland, sharing its location with an apple orchard and a smart, comfortable cellar door. Punt Road wines are very good and well priced for their quality.' Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is one of the oldest and largest family-owned vineyard estates in the Yarra Valley. Once the home of Melbourne's famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, it is stilled owned and occupied by her descendants. The vineyards of Coombe Farm Estate Wines are located in Coldstream, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's most recognised, highly regarded and foremost cool-climate viticultural regions. The vineyards supply ultra-premium wine grapes to many of Australia's leading wine producers, with the best selected for the small, boutique and increasingly celebrated Coombe Farm wine range. Coombe Farm Estate Wine's tasting room is located among the vines off Saint Huberts Road in Coldstream and is a warm, inviting, friendly and an unintimidating place for a relaxing and entertaining tasting experience. Tasting is free and available seven days a week. Buses are welcomed by prior arrangement. Coombe Farm Estate Wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on the estate. They are classically varietal and regionally expressive. They are elegantly fresh, deliciously tasty, 'moreish' and great value. Their awarding winning wines include regional specialties sparkling Blanc de blancs,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet table wines as well as dessert wines when the season allows Coombe Farm Estate Wines is a 'must' visit small winery to complete a great Yarra Valley wine experience.
Coldstream Hills was established in 1985, within the Yarra Valley Wine Region. Creating Wines such as Chardonnay Pinot Noir, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Reserve Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Reserve Pinot Noir, Merlot, Reserve Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon, and limited release wines. Small volumes of museum wines also available. Please contact for details. "Coldstream Hills is the creation of James Halliday, Australia's doyen of wine writing and just about everything else to do with wine. James is still around to offer a consulting hand at the winery, although he no longer owns the property. The cellar door looks across the lovely pastoral landscape of the Yarra Valley towards the northern hills. It is a comfortable place to taste the excellent Coldstream Hills range, and chat with the knowledgeable staff about the wines. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are the mainstays here, and the Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon can be superb." Ralph Kyte-Powell.
With majestic sweeping views of the Yarra Valleys finest vineyards, surrounding mountain ranges, stunning skylines and set in the picturesque dress circle of the acclaimed Yarra Valley, Tokar Estate is an ideal location in which to relax, soak up natures beauty, taste some exquisite wines and sample the most exotic cuisine this side of the Mediterranean. Leon and Rita Tokar invite you to come and visit them at the Tokar Estate Cellar Door; where you will taste a fabulous range of boutique wines and new vintage releases, Including our award winning Tempranillo and flagship wine "The Aria". Then to dine within the inviting atmosphere of their Yarra Valley Winery Restaurant; where your taste buds will be assuaged by the magnificent Mediterranean cuisine and your visual senses overwhelmed by spectacular views of the Yarra Valley. Please come and enjoy the warm friendly atmosphere of Tokar Estate and soak up the wonderful views the Yarra Valley has to offer.
Dominique Portet was established in 2000. 'The Portet family has been making wine for 10 generations, since the early 17th century. Now affable Frenchman Dominique Portet, a household name in Victorian wine circles, and son Ben, are continuing the tradition at this charming winery in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The cellar door has a French country feel, and the Winemaker's café serves light foods from the winemaker's table (perfect with a cool glass of the estate's Fontaine Rosé). Wine quality is exemplary across the board, and the serene surrounding landscape is the Yarra Valley at its best.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell. For any further information on Dominique Portet please contact them or view their website.
Since its founding in 1978, Oakridge Wines has been making wine in the Yarra Valley and has evolved as an outstanding winery. Bordered by the mountains of the Great Dividing Range and stretching across 10 hectares of landscaped vines and gardens along Maroondah Highway, the family-owned estate is dedicated to producing outstanding and distinctive wines while providing visitors with a truly memorable wine and food experience. Oakridge Wines are characterised by their restraint and finesse and demonstrate true regional and varietal expression. This is achieved by carefully sourcing fruit for each varietal from the most suitable sub-region in the Yarra Valley. Meticulous viticulture, modern winemaking technology and traditional techniques have resulted in well-balanced wines showing intense varietal flavours. The new architechturally designed restaurant (opened October 2013) gives way to the most stunning views the estate has to offer, and is an important part of the Oakridge experience. With every turn of the season, Chef Jose Chavez adapts the menu by creating a selection of dishes guaranteed to excite your palate with cuisine relating to the surrounding produce and flavours of the Valley. Open for wine tasting & lunch daily from 10am, and Sunday breakfast from 8am. The perfect venue for celebratory drinks, birthday functions or to celebrate your special day. 'Oakridge was established over 30 years ago, and now it provides some of the best of all Yarra wines. Subtlety, complexity and refinement are hallmarks of the label, but great wine is only one of Oakridge's attractions. The smart, contemporary restaurant serves seasonal produce with fl air and imagination, while the soothing vistas of lake, hills, valley and vineyard from here are food for the soul. A must-see and must-taste destination for all visitors to the Yarra.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell.
Originally established in 1862, St Huberts Vineyard is one of the fabled properties that made Yarra Valley wines famous in the 1800s. Replanted in the 1960s, it's again at the heart of the region's wine story. The welcoming cellar door at the edge of the vineyard has interesting photographs of the estate in its 19th century heyday to reflect on. The labels on the bottles resemble the old originals, but the wines are modern styles and very good across a range of types. There are also rare specials like Roussanne to explore.' Review by Ralph Kyte-Powell. The modern St Huberts Vineyard estate is the reincarnation of one of Victoria's most famous and historic vineyard properties. 120 years ago St Huberts Vineyard's wines were the toast of the colony, winning awards internationally, as well as mightily pleasing the grandees back home. Today's St Huberts Vineyard was one of the properties that launched the Yarra Valley's second golden age in the 1960s, and the wines continue to be good examples of regional styles. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon are the stars here; don't miss them.
The original brainchild of four local friends, Coldstream Brewery opened its doors to beer lovers and diners in June 2007. The restaurant and bar are housed in a charming old brick building in the heart of Coldstream, the gateway to the beautiful Yarra Valley. The micro brewery has being set up in a purpose-built extension of the restaurant, with large windows through which you can see the Coldstream beers being brewed in small batches by their Brewer Alan Harding. For a small charge, you can try a tasting of the full range of draught products that includes a delicious handcrafted cider. Wine and Cider maker Phil Kelly makes this premium cider from the juice of local apples extracted on a traditional rack and cloth cider press. The restaurant features a menu of share plates, mains and pizzas along with daily blackboard specials. Head Chef Stuart Benson develops the menu around local and seasonal ingredients to create simple yet high quality food. Lunch and dinner are served 365 days a year. A function room is available for private parties of up to 90 people with some delicious menu options available. Live music is available every Sunday from 3.30 until 6.00pm. Please see website for more details.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is one of the oldest and largest family-owned vineyard estates in the Yarra Valley. Once the home of Melbourne's famous soprano Dame Nellie Melba, it is stilled owned and occupied by her descendants.
The vineyards of Coombe Farm Estate Wines are located in Coldstream, at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, one of Australia's most recognised, highly regarded and foremost cool-climate viticultural regions. The vineyards supply ultra-premium wine grapes to many of Australia's leading wine producers, with the best selected for the small, boutique and increasingly celebrated Coombe Farm wine range.
Coombe Farm Estate Wine's tasting room is located among the vines off Saint Huberts Road in Coldstream and is a warm, inviting, friendly and an unintimidating place for a relaxing and entertaining tasting experience. Tasting is free and available seven days a week. Buses are welcomed by prior arrangement.
Coombe Farm Estate Wines are produced entirely from grapes grown on the estate. They are classically varietal and regionally expressive. They are elegantly fresh, deliciously tasty, 'moreish' and great value. Their awarding winning wines include regional specialties sparkling Blanc de blancs,Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris, and Cabernet table wines as well as dessert wines when the season allows
Coombe Farm Estate Wines is a 'must' visit small winery to complete a great Yarra Valley wine experience.