The Yarra Valley has long been established as a premium wine producing region for Australia, bringing its amazing cool climate expressions of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay to the rest of the world. The most unique and perhaps special part of having these producers here in our backyard though is the opportunity to indulge in a cellar door experience like no other. From the casual and relaxed, to the premium and refined, the Yarra Valley certainly delivers when it comes to hospitality, warmth and diversity of offering.
So, let’s explore a few of the many hidden gems this region has to offer, with a closer look at Yarra Valley cellar doors with a difference…
A slice of France in the heart of the Yarra Ranges. Dominique Portet, a ninth-generation winemaker from Bordeaux, together with his son Ben, are bringing the heart and soul of French winemaking techniques to a uniquely Australian landscape. With a cellar door that is very much European in style, you’re welcome to a tour of the barrel room and winery after your wine tasting. That’s if you’re not too busy taking in the views from a deck chair on the lawn or challenging an opponent to a casual game of petanque. This is the perfect setting to relax and unwind with a delicious bottle of sparkling rosé, over a light lunch.
As you arrive down the sloping vineyards of Kellybrook Winery & Distillery, you’ll wonder how you never knew about this amazing wine paradise. Nestled on the outskirts of the Yarra Valley in Wonga Park, this cellar door rewards its visitors to more than just your ordinary wine tasting. Originally an apple orchid in the 1930s, you’ll also sample a unique range of ciders made from only the best local apples and pears, as well as carefully brewed beers from the Riders Brew Co. Grab a picnic basket and blanket and head through to the gorgeous gardens for an amazing assortment of delicious local produce.
A haven for the Pinot Noir enthusiast tucked away in a private and peaceful oasis, Pimpernel offers a sublime range of premium wines in a relaxed setting that you are sure to fall in love with. They take winemaking very seriously here, but the talented cellar door staff are some of the best around and ensure you have a fun and informative experience. You’ll taste and learn about their excellent range of Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Viognier, Syrah and Shiraz, as well as a couple of punchy blends that are sure to put this cellar door at the top of your list.
Transport your mind and treat your palate to the many wondrous delights of Italy with a visit to Soumah. The cellar door and restaurant team here proudly showcase the delicious food and wine that is typical of the styles found in Northern Italy. While still offering the varieties we all know and love, you can also get acquainted with some lesser known varieties such as Navarro and Savagnin, and the sweetly sensational Brachetto. After sampling the wines, treat yourself to a mouth-watering feast with stunning views and continue your journey to the vineyards of Italy.
A refined and unparalleled dining and cellar door experience are what you can expect from a visit to Oakridge Estate. Well known for their extensive range of award-winning Chardonnay, you’ll also discover a range of varieties here that you wouldn’t otherwise have the opportunity to try, such as Pinot Meunier, Arneis and Baton Rouge. A modern design set against rolling vines, the sophistication and class that pours from this cellar door does not detract from the warm welcome and friendly faces that await you. A first-class experience all round.
Discover more amazing cellar door experiences with a tailored and private tour with Wine Compass, the Yarra Valley experts. Specialising in bespoke tours that are unique to each guest, a world of premium wines, and delicious local produce await you.