Yarra Valley Gourmet Experience

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges

The Dandenong Ranges are on the eastern fringe of metropolitan Melbourne, with the adjoining Yarra Valley situated along the upper reaches of the Yarra River. The Yarra Valley is the State's oldest winegrowing area, with the first vines planted in 1838. The four day 'Yarra Valley Food and Wine Festival' in April is the region's signature event. The Yarra Valley Regional Food Group have a popular Farmers Market which runs throughout the year at Yering. The Yarra Valley Winegrowers Association host three major events each year...'Shortest Lunch' (June), 'Gumboot Season' (July) and 'Shedfest Wine Festival' (October).

There are 162 producers in this Region

Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges Producers and Trails

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Eddie McDougall's Yarra Valley Favourites

Author: Eddie McDougall

Created 12th Jan, 2016

Looking for some wineries with impressive surroundings, sights, and restaurants? Head to these trail stops in the Yarra Valley.

Innocent Bystander: Modern, hip and smack bang in the middle of beautiful Healesville. The winery boasts an excellent in-house restaurant serving amazing coffee, beer and of course, wines. There is also a bakery that producing the valleys best breads daily. My pick of wine? The Mea Culpa Syrah.

 Mac Forbes Wines: If you’re looking for the new best thing, you must visit Mac Forbes. With a young winemaker on the rise, this winery produces an extensive selection of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that is distinctive of the region and its offerings. Bookings are required so that you can enjoy a personalised cellar visit. Try the RS Riesling. 

Seville Estate: A boutique winery that has a long history in the region. Produces wines of superb quality, ranging from Shiraz to Chardonnay to Pinot Noir. Visit the new cellar door facility for its atmospheric experience that matches the award winning wines. Try the Estate Pinot Noir.


Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail

Author: Taste Trails

Created 06th Apr, 2015

The history of beer in the Yarra Valley is believed to go back to the early 1800's when growing hops was a major farming activity in the region. Whilst hop farms have disappeared today except for the odd hop kiln remains, the craft breweries in the Yarra Valley are working hard to make sure beer remains an important part of the Yarra Valley's past, present and future. The Yarra Valley is also one of Victoria's oldest cider regions and was the birthplace of Australian Methode Traditionale cider. Records show cider production by Mac's Lilydale Cider from as early as 1934. Proprietor and cider maker George McGowan purchased "Olinda Park" in 1932 with cider in mind- the property was already home to rare cider apples from Devon stock. In the same year, McGowan converted an old packing shed into a cidery. The first pressing of apples was in March 1934 and the cidery produced carbonated cider and a 10 per cent alcoholic cider named Lilydale Cider - the biggest sales of which were to motorists at the weekends. The business was eventually sold in 1961 and George McGowan retired to the Mornington Peninsula. In the 1960s Darren Kelly, of Kellybrook Winery, home of Kelly Brothers Cider, travelled through Europe and studied artisan cider making, then began producing Methode Traditionale cider in the late 1960's, the only one in the country at the times. In 1938 George McGowan was convinced that cider had a big future in the Yarra Valley and now with a growing number of cider producers and hundreds of apple orchards in the region, the Yarra Valley is once again making its name for cider.


Yarra Valley's Coldstream Trail

Author: Taste Trails

Created 30th Mar, 2015

Been on a food and wine trail? This is different. Why? Well, did you know this trail includes kid friendly activities, has two microbreweries, one of the most spectacular gardens in Victoria, or that Charlie Chaplin fell into a pool here? And that’s just the beginning... Yarra Valley’s Coldstream Trail offers a slice of diversity, accessibility and a quality that sets it apart. That quality is called passion. And it’s found in the aromas of an earthy pinot; in local produce that has been fused in creative and mouth-watering dishes; and in the sweetness of new season fruits you picked yourself accompanied by hand made farmhouse cheeses. Add to this spectacular vistas of rolling countryside and distant mountains at every turn. Preservation of the trail’s historic roots – firmly embedded in its heritage properties, cellar doors and famed vineyards – is approached with similar heart and soul. The oldest vines in the region provide a rustic setting to drink in times gone-by, peeling back yet another layer of the trail’s remarkable diversity. Activities for kids and a gourmet break for adults, all in a short 13km loop. On Melbourne’s doorstep and just five minutes from Lilydale, this unique trail, showcases the very best of the Yarra Valley.


Yarra Valley & Ranges Cherry Harvest Trail

Author: Taste Trails

Created 22nd Mar, 2015

Cherries signify the taste of summer like no other fruit. However, the Australian cherry season lasts only 100 days so cherish the summer’s bountiful harvest. There are some great varieties available, and containing only 250 kilojoules (60 calories) per 100 grams and virtually no fat. The Victorian Cherry Harvest Trail was first established by the Victorian Cherry Association in 2005 to assist its cherry grower members who sell direct to the public from their orchards. The Yarra Valley & Ranges Cherry Harvest Trail is one of the most popular of these trails, and located conveniently close to Melbourne. The Victorian cherry season begins in most areas about the first or second week of November and continues through until mid-January. Peak season is in the weeks leading up to Christmas. A few useful hints: Keep cherries cool to keep them fresh for longer. Leave the stems on - they help keep the cherries fresh. Only rinse cherries when you are ready to eat them as they can absorb the water and soften. Enjoy!


Taste of the Yarra

Author: Taste Trails

Created 07th Sep, 2014

Here's a perfect day out in the beautiful Yarra Valley. Start with coffee and breakfast at the Harvest Cafe in downtown Healesville, then head out to the wonderful Healesville Sanctuary to see the many varieties of Australian wildlife on show. Afterwards wander along the picturesque drive to the rolling hills of Dixons Creek and enjoy a relaxing lunch at De Bortoli's Locale Restaurant, and don't forget to check out their stunning cellar door & cheese room. A short distance down the road is the highly acclaimed Mandala Wines with a range of stunning wines, then on to TarraWarra with their most impressive facilities, wines and museum. This 'Taste of the Yarra' will no doubt entice you return for more similar experiences in this wonderful Valley.


Coldstream-Wandin Taste Experience

Author: Taste Trails

Created 25th Jul, 2014

This trail has one of the most exciting and diverse selection of boutique food producers in any region of Australia. Produce includes cheese, eggs, fruit juice, preserves, organic fruit, vegetables, berries and culinary lavender.


Yarra Valley Wine Trail

Author: Taste Trails

Created 25th Jul, 2014

Here is a great loop trail starting at De Bortoli Wines and meandering around the beautiful Yarra Valley and stopping at some of the best wineries in the country. All are top producers of premium varietal wines with outstanding cellar door facilities. Most have Restaurant and Function facilities. View those that have their own accommodation in the vineyard. Truly a perfect day out!