Road Trip Family Owned Wineries in the Yarra Valley

Wine is a way of life and if you’re looking to discover new vineyards, and truly support local vignerons, a road trip to family owned vineyards in the Yarra Valley is a great way to spend a day.

For generations, families have planted vines in the Yarra Valley and honed their craft to produce quality wines. From the smallest boutique winery, to internationally acclaimed vineyards with notable restaurants, the family feels are all part of the Yarra Valley experience. From the newer and experimental plantings, to vineyards that have been lovingly tended for decades, quality wines and warm hospitality define this region and provide a never-ending opportunity to meet the maker and taste the terroir. Experience life on the vineyard and be part of our family.

Six Acres Wines, 20 Ferndale Road, Silvan – Six Acres Wines is a boutique winery and vineyard owned and worked by the Zuccaro Family, producing bright, textural and complex wines in a way that maximises the expression of the quality and terroir of their hand-tended vineyard. Planted in 1999 the Six Acres vineyard grows their Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot varieties in the deep red, volcanic soil of Silvan, nestled within the Yarra Valley. The whole family is involved in the winemaking process and you will most likely be greeted by a Zuccaro family member as they emerge from the rows of vines or from the barrel shed.

Warramunda

Warramunda Estate, 860 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream – This small, relaxed cellar door is loved for its homegrown wines, crafted by well-known winemaker, Ben Haines. The estate-grown fruit creates wines that are layered, textured, complex wines to be enjoyed now or cellared for greater reward. 

Pimpernel Vineyards, 6 Hill Rd, Coldstream – Artisan growers and producers of fine wine since 2001, Pimpernel Vineyards is a family business, and the realisation of a long-held dream to develop an iconic Yarra Valley vineyard, capable of producing outstanding individual wines. Founded by Mark and Fiona Horrigan, the couple are inspired by the great wines and traditions of Burgundy, Rhône, and Loire Valleys in France. Based on principles of intensive land management and minimal intervention winemaking they aim, with Yarra Valley local Winemaker Damien Archibald, to produce elegant and individual wines that express the terroir. 

Yering farm

Yering Farm Wines, 19-21 Saint Huberts Road, Yering – Yering Farm is steeped in history, located on the original site of the Yeringa Vineyards once owned by the Deschamps family back in the 1800s. The Johns family purchased the property in 1980, planting a 200-acre apple, pear and stone fruit orchard. After researching the history of the area and the property, son Alan Johns began the planting of the now 30-acre vineyard in 1989 and, to this day, all Yering Farm wines are still produced on-site from estate grown fruit. They also make a cracking cider! 

Corniola Wines, 100 Wills Road, Dixons Creek – Corniola Wines is a family owned and operated boutique vineyard and winery focused on making small quantities of premium handcrafted wines. Corniola Wines was founded in 2005 as a result of Vince and Lucy Corniola’s love of wine. For Vince, wine was virtually in his blood from birth. His grandfather Antonio, also a winemaker, was the driving force behind the expertise and passion passed down to Vince. The couple came to Australia from Italy as youngsters, ready for a new land of opportunity. For 27 years they successfully ran a highly popular restaurant in Carlton, but they realised their true passion was to run a winery.  Lucky us!

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, 58 Pinnacle Lane, Dixons Creek – De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate is where the family philosophy of great wine, food and friends come together in a magnificent setting. The De Bortoli family comes from the Veneto region of northern Italy, north-west of Venice, at the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains and represent now four generations and more than 90 years of winemaking in the Yarra Valley. The De Bortoli heritage encompasses the universal story of immigrants making good in an adopted land, the rise and rise of the Australian wine industry and the tale of a hardworking and innovative family who considers good wine, good food and good friends to be among the true pleasures in life.

Yileena Park Winery, 27 Steels Creek Road, Yarra Glen – This family owned vineyard was established in 1998 and comprises of Chardonnay, Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot.  It is situated on a north facing slope at the base of the Christmas Hills which keep it cool and protected. The family also produce some excellent produce from their smokehouse, and offer back vintage wines.

Philip Lobley wines

Philip Lobley Wines, 1084 Kinglake-Glenburn Road, Glenburn – Meet the maker - Vigneron Philip Lobley enthusiastically describes his process as ‘old school’. Growing and winemaking here both have a low carbon footprint as Lobley works in tune with the seasons, the soil and the landscape. The vineyard is managed with minimal intervention along organic principles. Meet the family and enjoy an intimate tasting, sampling from varieties most likely to include Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Noir, Merlot, Shiraz andCabernet Franc.

Shaws Road Winery, 225 Shaws Road, Arthurs Creek – A small family-owned winery punching above its weight – producing premium wine with the help of family, friends and like-minded wine buffs who, after 30 years, have learned how to knock out a good wine. With the Kinglake Ranges as a backdrop, you can pat the dogs, check out the chickens, and wander around the beautiful gardens – all with a glass of wine in your hand. This is a real meet-the-winemaker experience not to be missed.

Set your GPS and set your sights on visiting ‘the family’.

 

Warramunda doggy