6 Reasons to Visit the Yarra Valley This Summer

With long sunlit days, summer is a great time to visit the Yarra Valley. With crisp clean air, stunning scenery, rolling green hills, and world class food and wine, the Yarra Valley is the perfect destination to take a break from the city. Only an hour from Melbourne, the region delivers a relaxed feel in beautiful natural surrounds – and plenty of food, wine, and other activities to keep you entertained. Here’s 6 great reasons to visit the Yarra Valley this summer:

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1. Drink: Domaine Chandon

The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest wine region, dating back to 1838, and is internationally recognised for its premium wines. With more than three-dozen cellar doors offering cool climate wines, you could spend days exploring them all… so where to start? Perhaps with one of the biggest wineries in the Yarra Valley: Domaine Chandon. Owned by champagne producer Moët & Chandon, Domaine Chandon crafts top-shelf sparkling wine made in the time-honoured French traditional method. A visit to this fantastic winery provides the opportunity to taste these premium sparkling wines, as well as experience educational self-guided tours of the winemaking facilities.

2. Dine: Seville Estate

In addition to wine, the Yarra Valley is also known as a gourmet food destination, with plenty of superb restaurants and food producers to tempt all tastes. The 2019 Halliday Wine Companion Winery of the Year, Seville Estate is worth a visit for both their wines and their onsite restaurant. The restaurant is influenced by their relationship to the Yarra Valley, with dishes drawing inspiration from the seasons and nature. The menu is based on locally sourced produce and changes on a weekly basis, with a strong focus on vegetables and herbs that are grown onsite.

3. Farmgate: Yarra Valley Cherries

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Many would say that it’s not summer in Australia until cherry season starts, so a visit to the Yarra Valley isn’t complete without tasting some of these sweet and juicy fruits. Some of the best cherries available in the region are from Yarra Valley Cherries, which is an Australian owned, boutique, premium cherry grower based in Seville in the Upper Yarra Valley. They grow more than 40 different varieties of cherries, which ensures the highest quality and freshest fruit throughout the entire season.

Farmgate sales are open all through summer, where their crunchy and sweet cherries are available to purchase direct from the farm. With the freshness of the fruit guaranteed due to their unique advantage of growing, picking, grading and packing their cherries right on the orchard, don’t leave the Yarra Valley without some.

Yarra Valley Cherries
585 Victoria Road
Seville VIC 3139


4. Taste: Yarra Valley Dairy

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Both a cheese factory and an artisan cheese shop, Yarra Valley Dairy is an essential stop for cheese loving visitors to the Yarra Valley. The cheeses produced here are made from both local goats and cows milk and reflect some of the traditional soft cheese styles of France and Italy. In addition to tastings of their fresh handmade cheeses and locally produced wines, Yarra Valley Dairy also stocks a range of the best regional produce for purchase.

5. Experience: Healesville Sanctuary

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Healesville Sanctuary is a bushland haven for Australian wildlife and is the best place to see Australia’s unique and endearing wildlife in their natural habitat. A visit to the Sanctuary may bring you face to face with iconic Australian animals like koalas, kangaroos, wombats, emus, dingoes, birds of prey and platypus, and is an experience not to be missed.

6. Stay: Chateau Yering

In need of a place to stay overnight while in the Yarra Valley? Experience a touch of luxury at Chateau Yering. One of Victoria’s most renowned country lodges, this sprawling heritage listed Victorian mansion offers panoramic views across the Yarra Valley to the Great Dividing Range in a stunning garden setting. With 32 lavish and inviting suites, this boutique 5-star hotel is the perfect place to rest after a busy day exploring the region.