Our Top Picks: The Best Boutique Wineries in the Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is home to some of Australia’s finest boutique wineries, cellar doors, and serene landscapes. Whether you’re escaping for a romantic weekend away, celebrating a special occasion, or just wanting to find your new favourite wine – there are plenty of boutique wineries in the Yarra Valley for you to explore.
Here at Yarra Valley Lodge we love sharing our favourite wineries and stories with our guests, and to help you plan your trip to the Yarra Valley we’ve put together just a few of our favourite vineyards.
Nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley, Levantine Hill is made up of two vineyards that produce handcrafted wines in the traditional French style. Their first established vineyard, which is set along the Yarra River, has been producing superior grapes since the 1990’s. While their second site is planted along family blocks alongside the Truffiére which surrounds their Homestead.
For those looking for a once in a lifetime experience, the vineyard offers a Signature Experience which will see you taking in the incredible vineyards views from your luxury helicopter. You’ll be then treated to a six-course degustation in their Cellar Door, which of course comes with some of their best-matched wines.
Best known for their exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, Tarra Warra Estate pride their wines on being meticulously grown, handpicked, vinified and aged all on the estate. Attention to detail starts at the very beginning with only carefully selected clones being planted along their 28 individual blocks, and their growers have been recognised for their dedication to sustainability and provenance.
Their cellar door has been carefully built into a hill and is partially underground. While you may feel a little like Alice going down the rabbit hole when entering, you’ll be rewarded with views over the heritage block of Pinot Noir Vines and a menu inspired by the kitchen garden and local produce.
Known as one of the oldest vineyards in the Yarra Valley, Morgan Vineyards has been producing high quality wines since 1971. Their cool climate grapes are 100% hand picked and they pride themselves on using only traditional methods to produce limited quantities of their wines.
The Morgan’s family have recently welcomed third generation Dutch cheese maker Pieter Tromp to their Cellar Door. A true cheese artisan, Pieter uses only locally sourced cow and goats milk to create one of a kind cheeses exclusive to the winery. In the summer months enjoy a gourmet picnic in the vineyards, or during winter settle inside by the fireplace with a 5 wines and 5 cheeses matched tasting platter.
Spread across 50 acres of vines, Boat O’Cragio is a second generation and highly acclaimed winery. Their two diverse sites allows them to produce both white wines from the high altitude vineyard at Healesville, and full body reds grown within the rich volcanic soils of Kangaroo Ground. In 2018 the winery was even awarded the James Halliday ‘Darkhorse Winery of the Year’.
Taking in the vast vineyards and rolling hills, their Healesville Cellar Door boasts floor to ceiling windows and an outside deck perfect for long lunches in the warmer months. Their menu is designed for sharing and boasts traditional thin-based pizzas, fresh salads, and charcuterie boards. While your dining you may even spot the kangaroos, wild deer and abundant birdlife that call the vineyards home.
Coombe Yarra Valley
For those who love a little bit of history served with their wines, Coombe Yarra Valley is a must visit. Once home to the iconic opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, the property is spread across seven acres of stunning gardens and hedges. There are guided walks available that will take you through the history of the site including a visit to their onsite gallery that plays homage to Melba.
Built within a restored motor house and clock tower, their restaurant sources only the best of local produce to match their small batch wines. The Coombe Yarra Valley restaurant is also known for its elegant high-tea which is paired with the famous sparkling wine.
Badger Creek Blueberry Farm
For those who truly want to experience a new wine make sure to head to the Badger Creek Blueberry Farm. Only sold at their cellar door and online through their own website, their blueberry wine is truly boutique and only made in small quantities. The wine is described as semi sweet with a colour similar to red wine, but more similar to white wine in how it’s made.
Their cellar door has a relaxed casual atmosphere and serves simple regional platters of the freshest produce including their own homemade preserves.
Positioned in the Upper Yarra Valley Region, Elmswood Estate prides itself on its 35-year-old unirrigated vines and small, intensely flavoured berries. Since 2014 the estate has also been trialling making their own composts and biodynamic sprays, which they hope, will improve the sustainability and biodiversity of the vineyard - ultimately bring better fruit and better wine.
Be sure to stop into their cellar door where they release exclusive, limited release back vintages from the museum stock. While there is no restaurant on site, the cellar door serves cheese and antipasto platters for guest to enjoy while they take in the stunning views. There is also high tea available but bookings are essential.