With a climate that bakes in the heat of summer and cools to a fresh crisp during the winter, Victoria is home to a fantastic range of wineries and a diverse selection of wines. Regardless of where you’re staying, you’re never too far from one of the state’s wine regions, so here’s a selection of 5 Victorian wineries you shouldn’t miss:
Port Phillip Estate
Described as ‘the most exciting new winery in Victoria’, Port Phillip Estate offers an exceptional wining and dining experience. The quality of the produce served at the restaurant is exactly what the Mornington Peninsula is famous for, and the innovative menu has a fantastic variety of offerings. And when it comes to the wines, Port Phillip Estate really excels; serving up a world-class Pinot Noir, Syrah and Chardonnay, this winery is a highlight of the region.
Stay at Menorca Retreat – Perched high on the slope of Mt Martha overlooking the sea, Menorca Retreat at Villa Mallorca is a little taste of Spain on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. Nightly rate starts from $350.
Established in 1838, Yering Station was Victoria’s original vineyard, and is a stalwart of Australian wineries. This imposing complex speaks for itself, and offers some of the finest wines in the country. Enjoy a seasonal menu that is perfectly matched to the selection of wines on offer, and take in the remarkable view out onto the vines. If you only visit one vineyard in Victoria, this one is guaranteed to please.
Stay at Balinese Retreat – A hidden gem, overlooking tropical gardens and a waterfall, a magnificent view you would not find at any 5 star accommodation in Melbourne. Nightly rate starts from $1399.
With a rich heritage of winemaking in the Grampians region of Victoria, the Grampians Estate exhibits some of the area’s best wines, and should be a definite stop on any trip to the area. Boasting some of Victoria’s oldest Shiraz and Riesling vines, the Grampians Estate is famed for its cool climate, peppery Shiraz. Set amongst some of western Victoria’s most beautiful countryside, and with the Grampian mountain range peaking over the horizon, this boutique winery is guaranteed to delight.
Hanging Rock Winery
For visitors to the Macedon Ranges, a trip to the Hanging Rock Winery is an afternoon well spent; grab some ingredients from the local provedores, pack yourself a picnic and enjoy the beautiful lawns in front of the cellar door, before heading in to taste the range. Nestled beneath the towering Mount Macedon, this is a classic Australian winery and the perfect spot to enjoy a celebratory glass of their famed sparkling.
Stay at Blue Cliffs Retreat – The Dusk Spa Villa is one of 4 villas at Blue Cliffs Retreat – Daylesford and Hepburn Springs’ most relaxing & romantic bed and breakfast accommodation in the heart of Australia’s Spa Country. Nightly rate starts from $295.
Boyntons Feathertop Winery
Boasting a huge range of award winning cool climate wines, this beautiful vineyard enjoys some of Victoria’s fantastic alpine scenery, with views out across Mt Feathertop, Mt Buffalo and Ovens Valley. For visitors outside of the winter months, there is also the opportunity to enjoy lunch at the Feathertop Alfresco Dining Restaurant, the perfect accompaniment to the spectacular range of wines.
Stay at The Buckland Luxury Retreat – With jaw-dropping 180 degree valley vistas across the majestic ranges of Mount Buffalo, these five intimate, individual self-contained villas are ideal for couples looking for an indulgent, romantic getaway. Nightly rate starts from $280.
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