The Outer Melbourne Wineries areas covers some of Victoria’s most well-known winery destinations!
There are many great attractions to visit, including top-class restaurants showcasing local produce, relaxed cafés with stunning views, regional and coastal scenic features and numerous cellar doors, all within a one-hour drive from Melbourne.
Only an hour’s drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is the oldest wine-producing regions in Victoria and dates back to 1838. Best known for its chardonnay and pinot noir varieties, the region offers a diverse range of wines due to its warmer valley wineries and cooler hilltop vineyards. Currently hosting a total of 3800 hectares under vine, the Yarra Valley has an abundance of cellar doors that offer wine¬ tastings and regional local produce.
Sitting high above the bustling oceanside that borders this cool-climate wine region, the Mornington Peninsula is surrounded by the Bass Strait, Port Philip and Western Port Bay and is one of Australia’s only maritime wine producing areas. Best represented by its constantly outstanding pinot noir wines, this section of Victoria has almost 50 per cent of its vineyards reserved to producing that one variety. More than just great wine, the Mornington Peninsula also offers an abundance of sites and attractions, including picturesque beaches, world-class golf courses, and relaxing hot springs, as well as many more.
Only an hour drive from Melbourne CBD, Geelong plays host to family-friendly activities, beautiful beaches and outstanding cool-climate wines. Showcasing distinctive maritime flavours indicative of the Bellarine Peninsula, the region’s pinot noir has become renowned throughout the world. The area is also known for producing outstanding varietals of shiraz and pinot noir, and has even made a name for itself in recent years for its premium sparkling reds. With more than 60 cellar doors open almost any day of the year, you can be assured you’re in for an amazing experience at the wineries in the Geelong region.
Home to historic Daylesford and the historic Castlemaine, the Macedon Ranges is one of the most beautiful regions of Victoria. The wineries in this area sit at a chilly 300 to 800 metres above sea level, making it the coldest grape-growing area in mainland Australia, which delivers the peppery shiraz that the world has come to adore. The area also focuses on its Italian varietals, such as tempranillo and gamay, as well as the rare lagrein. Established since 1840, the Macedon Ranges now plays host to more than 40 vineyards that collectively produce 1000 tonnes of must and juice each year.
Just outside of Melbourne lies the historic Sunbury region. Featuring the world’s greatest volcanic plain, the area shows great variety in soil conditions from sandy-grey loam over gritty, yellow clay, to red volcanic loam and black basalt clay. This unique terroir provides outstanding shiraz and chardonnay varietals, while the cool, dry climate provides wines of great flavour and length. With an abundance of award-winning, family-owned wineries, Sunbury is sure to offer you a unique and personalised wine experience.