Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse

A shiny new brew space where the Napoleone crew create an ever evolving range of beers and ciders, making each visit a journey of discovery. Enjoy paddles, pots and pints, you can even take them home. Why not Meet the Brewer on Saturdays for a more in-depth ‘brew’ducation. Locally grown and 100% family owned. Built on the foundations of an 1860's dairy on our family property.

  • Address:
    12 St Huberts Road
    Coldstream, 3770
  • Phone:
  • Type:
    Wine, Food/Beverages
  • Produce:
    Beer, Cider & Mead
  • Features:
    Have visit/buy premises
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The Napoleone family established Red Rich Fruits in the 1940′s when the late Michael Napoleone purchased his first property and planted it to apples. The business has been family-owned since 1948. Michael’s sons, Joe and Michael junior are now responsible for its operation.

In the past 15 years, we’ve grown our wine brand, started making cider and beer, and now our Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse sits proudly on the original site in Coldstream. Joe and Michael Napoleone have been living and working in the Yarra Valley all their lives. They are passionate fruit growers and wine, cider, and beer producers with a team of loyal and dedicated staff.

Using a blend of apples from our family owned orchards in the Yarra Valley, and handcrafted by our winemakers at Punt Road Wines, Napoleone Apple Cider is a refreshing and unique Cider from the heart of the Yarra Valley.

Opening Hours

Daily from 10am

Trails passing through Napoleone Brewery & Ciderhouse Stops

Yarra Valley's Coldstream Trail

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 Cider & Ale Trail

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.