Conveniently located just one hour from Melbourne CBD, the Yarra Valley is Victoria’s first wine district and the perfect weekend getaway. With luscious rolling green hills and farmland, the popular Victorian wine region has earned a reputation for exceptional quality wines.

With much cooler temperatures than other Australian states, the climate lends itself well to blends such as Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Having been to many of the wineries myself, I can truly say that some of the wines rivalled the best I have tasted in Australia.


There are over 80 wineries in the Yarra Valley so you’ll be spoiled for choice. While I didn’t have to time to visit all 80, I did get to visit some of the best in the region. Here are a few that I would recommend if you are looking to visit:

There are over 80 wineries in the Yarra Valley so you’ll be spoiled for choice. While I didn’t have to time to visit all 80, I did get to visit some of the best in the region. Here are a few that I would recommend if you are looking to visit:

Levantine Hill Estate was by far my favourite winery because of the uncompromising focus on quality. We choose to eat at Ezard and do the wine tasting at our table. The gentleman doing the wine tasting gave us the option to choose wines we most preferred and custom made the wine tasting menu based on our likes. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and preferred this option to a set wine tasting menu which many other cellar doors offered.

Other noteworthy wineries are:

Punt Road
Seville Estate
Zonzo Estate
Balgownie Estate
Oakridge Wines
Yarra Yering Vineyards
Giant Steps

For a full list of cellar doors visit: Visit Yarra Valley


It’s not just wineries that you can expect to find in the Yarra Valley; there are also a number of diary farms, food produce stores and chocolatiers. As someone with an insatiable hunger for sweets I was naturally drawn to The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Cream Store– turns out I was not alone.

In the enormous store was a variety of different chocolates, candy, ice cream, cakes and pastries. By about 5pm after four or so wineries, it was the perfect time out.


If you are looking for a casual, relaxed vibe then a good option is the Healesville Hotel located in town. You can choose to eat in the hotel who’s menu specialises in wood-fire chargrill or the Harvest Cafe next door. The Harvest Cafe was the perfect spot for breakfast and served the most deliciously simple poached eggs on toast.

Two notable restaurants located on the estate of the wineries are Ezard and Oakridge Wines restaurant. Both restaurants had an extensive menu and both served beautiful tasting food.


For a truly unforgettable experience then consider exploring the Yarra Valley in a hot air balloon.

I was very nervous of going in a hot air balloon because I’m petrified of heights, but it turns out there is nothing to it! I was so preoccupied with the amazing views and experience that I really didn’t notice the height.

We started the day with an early 5am start were we drove to our take off location. There we all joined in to help inflate the enormous hot air balloon. After our safety briefing we jumped into the hot air balloon basket and it was at this point that I was slightly nervous. To put it in perspective I get sweaty palms looking over a 3 story balcony.

It wasn’t long before we cleared the clouds in the sky only to see the most magnificent sunrise I’ve ever seen in my life. By the time the pilot had announced we were at 3000 ft I had almost forgot that I was afraid of heights. Between the peaceful calm above the soft white clouds and the incredible sunset, I was in a world of my own. The experience was truly unforgettable and I would highly recommend to anyone.


The Yarra Valley is a very easy place to navigate and we found it very easy to get from winery to winery. There are a few convenient options that you can choose from including a pre-arranged tour or hiring a car. We flew into Melbourne airport and picked up a car from Budget or Hertz. From there we drove down to the Yarra and explored each of the vineyards at our own time. I really liked the option of being able to explore the Yarra Valley at my own leisure and found the cost to be very reasonable.

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