Winery Tours in Victoria
Victoria is known as the Garden State with good reason – with fertile soils and incredible produce, Victorians are lucky to have some of the country’s most delicious fare delivered fresh to their table from farmers across the state. Of course, it goes without saying that our grapes are also top-notch! Victoria boasts over twenty wine regions, and with so much climate diversity in its wine regions (more than any other state), leading to a wide range of flavours – there’s really something for everyone. There are over 800 hundred wineries, and over 600 cellar-doors, so locals and tourists are both spoiled for choice!
But where to start, you may wonder? Here’s some of our favourite Victorian wineries (and yes, of course, Victorian Bus Charters can get you there!
6 Best Wineries to Visit Around Victoria
1. Brown Brothers (Milawa)
The Brown family has been hand-crafting wine for over a century – way back in 1889 – and the Brown Brothers have been a household name among wine lovers for generations. They boast Australia’s largest range of varietal wines, and some are only available at their cellar door, making a trip to their winery an even more exciting experience as you’ll know you’re experiencing something truly unique. After enjoying some of the best wine in Victoria at their cellar door, check out their in-house restaurant, Patricia’s Table for some exquisite culinary delights.
Milawa is only three hours from Melbourne, and just half an hour north of King Valley. While you’re in the area, you can find everything from gourmet cheese, mustard, olives and honey to hot-air ballooning over the King Valley, making it a perfect regional getaway spot.
2. Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard (Grampians)
This winery is less well-known than some of its counterparts, but it’s a real gem. Particularly known for its cool-climate Riesling, Shiraz and Chardonnay. With its towering granite cliffs and loamy red soils, the vineyards are as much of a feast for the eyes as the wines are for the palate, and its unusual soil profile rarely found in Australian viticulture makes it an ideal spot to create distinctive wines. Pop in and enjoy a selection of carefully selected cellar-door wines, and don’t miss their Picnic Idyll package for a truly relaxing experience.
Mount Langi Ghiran Vineyard is located in Bayindeen, a tiny town of 21 residents located two hours north-west of Melbourne and sandwiched between Langi Ghiran State Park and Mount Buangor State Park, which are both gorgeous hidden gems that are well worth a visit in their own right. The vineyard is only an hour from the Grampians National Park, a beloved Victorian tourist destination known for its sandstone mountains and abundant, diverse flora and fauna. There’s something truly magical about this area, and with nearby Ararat boasting many more cellar-door wineries, it’s a feast for wine lovers and nature lovers alike.
3. Port Phillip Estate (Mornington Pensinsula)
The Port Phillip Estate is an iconic architectural landmark of the Mornington Peninsula, as well as being one of the most beloved food and wine destinations nationwide. With its delicious wines, amazing haute cuisine and sumptuous cellar-door tasting bar, a trip to the Port Phillip Estate will offer something for everyone in your group, from the architecture aficionado to the astute wine lover – and of course, who doesn’t love gourmet modern Australian fare? With accommodation on-site, you can even stay awhile to relax and unwind in this little slice of culinary and viticultural paradise. It’s even a popular place to tie the knot, so you can really imagine how much this attraction gets into the hearts of its visitors!
The Mornington Peninsula is just over an hour from Melbourne, making it a popular day trip for city-dwellers; the area is famed for its berry-picking farms, hot springs, galleries, cafes & restaurants, and charming al fresco lifestyle. Come for the wine, and you’ll find so much else to see and do in this coastal paradise!
4. Ringer Reef Winery (Alpine Valley)
Nestled in the entrance to the Great Alpine Road, this winery boasts spectacular views, and is only 6km away from the township of Bright.
This small winery, vineyard and cellar door is family-owned and operated, and with its gorgeous vistas of the verdant Buckland Valley and Mt Buffalo, it’s a perfect place to relax with a glass or two of wine and one of Ringer Reef’s delicious produce platters and cheese boards, made predominantly with locally-sourced ingredients and their fantastic homemade sourdough. Yum!
While you’re in the area, the Alpine National Park is only a hop, skip and jump away, with something for the whole group – whether you’re into 4WD adventures or relaxing in a day spa, this iconic destination is beloved by locals and visitors alike.
5. Yering Station (Yarra Valley)
The historic Yering Station, first planted in 1838, is one of Victoria’s oldest vineyards. It’s an enchanting spot where old meets new – billing itself as combining traditional age-old techniques with progressive winemaking, style and sophistication. Yering Station is also home to Yarrabank, a joint venture with beloved French winemakers Champagne Devaux to create a benchmark Australian sparkling wine. Yering Station is considered an icon of the Yarra Valley, and with good reason – fantastic wines, rich history, a delicious wine bar restaurant with a French twist, and a truly standout cellar door.
The Yarra Valley is well-known as the “food bowl” of Victoria, with outstanding produce and gourmet fare. While you’re in the area, you can visit farmgate producers, enjoy stunning walking and hiking trails, take a trip on the Diamond Valley Railway, and meet locals of the furry and feathered varieties at Healesville Sanctuary.
6. Summerfield (Pyrenees)
Summerfield Winery is a truly charming spot, for its beautiful scenery, exquisite wines and gorgeous boutique accommodation. The Summerfield family has grown grapes in this region for over four decades, using traditional methods to create award-winning deep reds. Founder Ian Summerfield’s son Mark took over the reins in 1999, preserving his father’s techniques and philosophies, and his passion for delivering exceptional wine, leading to acclaim and recognition as some of Australia’s (even the world’s) best red wines, which you can enjoy at their cellar door. While you’re here, you can stay the night in their lovely winery accommodation, and if you time your trip right, you can even be here for their half-yearly Paella event!
The Pyrenees is located half an hour from Ballarat, and is renowned for its exceptional wines, making it a great spot for wine lovers to base themselves while visiting the dozens of cellar doors in the area. It’s a wine lover’s dream, and with plenty of fine dining, a delight for gourmands as well.
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