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Wonderful Wine in Victoria

15 May 2016

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Do you enjoy a glass of Shiraz or are you mesmerised by Moscato? You’ll be happy to know that, since it’s Aussie Wine Month, there is no time like the present to plan a trip to some wineries! Victoria is renowned for producing delicious, full-bodied wine, thanks to its diverse climate and rich winemaking history. With more than 460 wineries dotted throughout the state, it is the ultimate destination for any wine lover.
Enjoy your wine tours by car, bus, train or limo—you could even organise to go by horseback or Harley (just don’t drink and drive!). That is the beauty of Victoria. If you’re all brushed up on the wisdom of wine, here are some of the most magnificent and sought-after wineries you won’t want to miss. Better yet, all these wineries are open 7 days, so you can make a weekend of it!

Goulburn Valley
Start your tour off with a beautiful scenic drive to Goulburn Valley. This region is where gold prospectors first arrived in the late 1800s, so you know it is steeped in Aussie history. Many wineries popped up during the gold rush, and many are still operational today! This region is renowned for crisp Sauvignon Blancs and rich reds.
Monichino Wines
Specialising in premium, handcrafted wines produced with minimal use of chemicals, Monichino Wines prides itself on its moreish, crisp and flavourful drops. With red, white, Italian, dessert and fortified wines available, you’ll be in heaven here.
Open: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 5:00pm; Saturday and Sunday, 10:00am to 5:00pm

The Macedon Ranges
Next, wind your way down to the Macedon Ranges. Starting on Melbourne’s borders and stretching our across the rolling hills of the Macedon Ranges, this beautiful and diverse region has a lot to offer. You will discover gorgeous old homesteads, picturesque scenery and some of the most sought-after wineries here. The Macedon Ranges encompass full-flavoured reds and aromatic whites from more than 16 wineries dotted throughout the region.
Cleveland Winery
As you drive towards the Cleveland Winery, you will soon see why many refer to it as luxurious. With the 1890s homestead nestled in the heart of the Macedon Ranges wine country, you’ll feel right at home as soon as you step onto the threshold. With lush fields and gorgeous accommodation, this is a fantastic choice for your wine tour – or any other occasion!
Open: 7 days, 9:00am to 5:00pm

Yarra Valley
Next, head east to the Yarra Valley. There is a reason the Yarra Valley is synonymous with fine wine—described as a ‘feast for the senses’, visitors to this region are greeted with rolling hills and breathtaking natural scenery. Coupled with fresh local produce and signature wine styles including Pinot Noir, the Yarra Valley is truly a place of indulgence.
Yarra Burn Winery
Established on the steep slopes of the Yarra Valley, at Yarra Burn Winery you will taste amazing wines while taking in some of the most scenic views in the area. With a restaurant steeped in history (built from convict-hewn bluestone slabs) and an adorable B&B onsite, you can always enjoy the good food and accommodation if you get a bit overzealous with the wine tasting!
Open: 7 days, 10:00am to 6:00pm

Mornington Peninsula
Finally, finish up at the Mornington Peninsula. One of the many amazing aspects of this area is its diverse scenery. Here you will see natural bushland, gorgeous orchards, stretching coastline and, of course, ripening vineyards!  
Crittendon Estate Winery
Located in Dromana, this is an ideal end point for your wine tour of Victoria. At this winery, you will find plenty of wine to taste, including Italian styles such as Delcetto, Nebbiolo and Barbera. Try their wine and stay for dinner, with à la carte dining available at their restaurant Fridays and Saturdays, and lunch available daily.
Open: 7 days, 10:30am to 4:30pm

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