Meander on the Melba Highway and discover family operated cellar doors, reframe your old favourites by trying something new and travel the world in your glass as you taste international wine styles right here on the Alternative Taste Trail. Punctuate the vineyards with gardens, orchards, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and - of course - lunch. 
 

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Try something new! While pinot noir and chardonnay are the traditional wine heroes of the Yarra Valley, a new world of wine is evolving. There's alternatives to try and this is how to do it. Road Trip Yarra Valley

Virtual tastings are available with a Taste The Road Trip 6  pack of reds. Pop over to The Regional Pantry order your wines and start your visit from home as soon as you can! Your 6 pack comes with 6  handpicked reds from the trail, a guided tasting from our Yarra Valley winemakers and 3 recipes to try at  home and really create your very own Yarra Valley at-home experience.

Need some itinerary ideas while you dream of  travel?  We've popped together two excellent ways plan your Alternative Taste Trail adventure today. 

Road Trip - Alternative Taste Trail - 1 Day Itinerary

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We’ve highlighted some real life family owned and operated businesses for a truly bespoke experience – close to the source. With a distinctly relaxed vibe, the area is easy to get to and home to some truly unique wineries and activities – and wine varietals just waiting for you to discover them. 

Road Trip - Alternative Taste Trail - 2 Day Itinerary

With 16 different (and new) varieties of wines to try in this micro region alone, you will be quite an accomplished wine lover by the time you’ve explored this gem of a trail. The Alternative Taste Trail can be savoured over two or more days so here are some suggestions to get you started. An overnight stay brings a relaxed vibe and lets you explore more wine and pop in a gorgeous garden break and more.

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RECIPES TO ENJOY WITH OUR TASTE THE ROAD TRIP - RED 6 PACK:

Wine loves food - and we love wine. Guess what that means? We've asked a couple of our wineries to supply their favourite recipes that match wines form the Taste The Road Trip 6 pack. If you've bought one already you'll have received your printed copies. Winemakers are superstars at matching flavour and texture that has you remisining about vineyards, good times and great stories. We suggest you try these yourself ... the Yarra Valley is only a bottle and a great meal away. (Best enjoyed with friends via Zoom or IRL - whatever we're currently allowed!)

DE BORTOLI - GNOCCHI WITH PINE MUSHROOMS   STEELS GATE - PARIPPU (VEGAN)  ZONZO - SLOW COOKED LEG OF LAMB

Use the interactive The Alternative Taste Trail - Melba Highway map for information on each activity in the Yarra Valley or click on the images below

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