1 January 2017

Suitcase. The Yarra Valley

Summer holidays in Melbourne absolutely called for a road trip to the Yarra Valley. Having visited Europe's wine regions including Bordeaux, as well as the beauty of New Zealand's, I figured it was time for a taste of Aussie grapes. Follow me, you're in for a treat!...

Off we drove leaving bright and early, and arriving in merely an hour. (Now that I know it's so close this could be dangerous!) We dropped our things, jumped back in the car and meandered the roads wherever the scenery took us. After all, it was only 11am - too early for wine, even by our standards.

When lunch time rolled around we made a beeline for Meletos - which was ah-mazing. But more of that in my next blog post.

Having warmed up our tastebuds we were ready to hit the wine trail. First stop Dominique Portet. Founded by the Frenchman (originally from Bordeaux!) this winery is on the smaller side but boy is it charming. AND the wines are so delicate and light in flavour. A real treat!

Dress sold out (similar) / Hat / Shoes / Bag (SALE!)

We nabbed a bottle of the sav blanc and the rosé then hit the road again. Onto TarraWarra Estate. With an art gallery onsite and a newly completed wine cellar, this tasting is an experience you won't forget with long wooden bars and tables nestled in a stone den with skylights. It's magic. The wines were too with big, bold flavours.

On the way back to the hotel we swung by Yarra Valley Dairy and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, both of which are ideal if you're feeling a little peckish. The Dairy's goats cheeses are simply the best I've ever tasted and do I really need to sell a chocolate shop to you?... Thought not.

After watching a beautiful, fluffy sunset we fell into bed, utterly sated and ready for the next day!

On Day 2's agenda was one of my favourites - Domain Chandon. We explored the grounds and sat in the bar, overlooking the perfectly aligned vines. The aesthetics of these wineries are really beautiful, green rows as far as the eye can see.

Top sold out (similar) / Jeans / Sandals

The final stop of the trip was DeBortoli, nestled high on a hill it has the most beautiful gardens so be sure to take a wander outside and not just make a beeline for the bar.

Don't miss this beautiful region, it's an amazing spot for a day trip or a weekend away! Most of the wineries offer free tastings and are open 10am-4pm.You can find a list of them here. I daresay I'll be back very soon.

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Photos by Krissie.