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In focus this month - January 2021 - Yarra Valley, Victoria
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
After not being able to visit a cellar door for the best part of a year, it was fantastic to get back to some great local winery experiences. As an aside, while the cellar door experience is largely the same as it was pre COVID, we do note that it is important to check each cellar doors website when planning your visit to ensure you are aware of any particular nuances prior to your visit (e.g. booking a tasting, non-refundable tastings, limitations on numbers, time limitations, etc). Other than that, it's business as usual and visiting your local cellar door is a great way to show your support in what has been a very difficult year for many in the industry :)
The Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region with the first vines being planted in 1838. Just over an hour northeast of the Melbourne CBD, the Yarra Valley is a very beautiful area with it's flowing hills and valleys and is a popular weekend day drip from Melbourne.
The Yarra Valley is recognised as one of Australia's chief cool climate regions and is famous for it's Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Sparkling wines. However, with over eighty cellar doors in the region, there are a significant number of styles and varietals to taste.
Many of the region's wineries have cellar doors offering wine sales and picnic facilities, with some of them also featuring restaurants, cafes and boutique accommodation. On our most recent visit we had a beautiful lunch at Seville Estate, which also has some great views, and all of the cellar doors visited on this trip have food offerings of various degrees with some superb outlooks.
We always enjoy or visits to this region and look forward to heading back again to visit a number of other cellar doors in the near future.
Congratulations to Medhurst and Seville Estate who each received our "1 Door" award and Elmswood Estate for receiving our "Hidden Gem" award.
Refer to our Yarra Valley page for detailed reviews and ratings of individual cellar doors visited.