The Yarra Valley which is located about an hour east of the city of Melbourne in Australia, is quite famous for its top notch, cool atmosphere wineries that are situated in the valley floor encircled by the beautiful mountain tops of the Great Dividing Ranges and has attracted visitors over the past 150 years to its location. Here you can get a taste of some of the world most renowned wines of diverse varieties including the white, red and sparkling types. There are also some gin distilleries in the valley region that produce some fine-tasting blend.
Visitors to the capital city of Melbourne take the short trip to the valley to join one of the Yarra Valley Wine Tours in the area for a chance to experience a century-long tradition and taste some of the best brewed and aged wines in the world. With more than 70 wineries located in and around Healesville as well as the quaint village of Marysville situated further up north, to the wineries built into the stunning hill country in and around Hurstbridge, Nillumbik and Kangaroo Ground there is no shortage of sights to see or things to do on the tour. You can take a general bus tour with other tourists or a personal tour of the valley.
On a Yarra Valley Wine Tour, you can visit the architecturally impressive wineries as well as the rural tin sheds almost covered by the vines; there are also old pioneering wineries such as Fergusson, DeBortoli and the Yering Station and the modern favorites which include Mandala Wines and Punt Road Winery.
You also get the chance to visit different grape vines and plantations to sample diverse varieties of grape and learn some of the specifics which include the different soils types, weather, and the commitment of generations of wine producers in the revolutionary area that launched Victoria’s wine industry in 1838.
A few of the best wineries and vineyards in the area include; TarraWarra Estate, Fergusson Winery and Restaurant, Mandala Wines, De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, Yering Station, Punt Road Winery, Boat O’Craigo Wines, Squitchy Lane Vineyard, Payne’s Rise Winery, Sutherland Estate, D’Angelo Estate Vineyard and lots more.
Also dine at one of the numerous winery restaurants in the area that offer delectable cuisines prepared by some of the best chefs in the country. There is also a Yarra Valley Dairy where you can have a taste of some of the freshest cheeses in the valley as well as a Yarra Valley Chocolaterie that makes some of the best mouthwatering chocolate pies.
You can also take a hot balloon air flight or a helicopter tour over the valley region for a spectacular aerial view of the sprawling valley and its distinct structures and estates. This tour affords you a better view of the entire area and neighboring mountain ranges. Aside from getting a taste of some of the world’s best tasting wine, you also get the opportunity to learn a little about the various wine making procedures.