YARRA VALLEY WINE REGION

Did you know that the Yarra Valley is Victoria’s oldest Wine Region, the first vines were planted in 1838 at Yering Station? The Yarra Valley is now recognised as one of Australia’s predominant cool climate producers, known largely for its Pinot noir and Chardonnay?

Harvest usually commences in early March with Pinot Noir, and finishes with Cabernet Sauvignon in late April. The Yarra Valley offers Sparkling wine, Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, and Merlot just to name a few.

But it’s not just about the wine, the Yarra Valley has so many more attractions, such as:

THE YARRA VALLEY DAIRY

Which offers a delightful experience of fine food and wine in the heart of the Yarra Valley, taste some of the finest traditional Australian Goat and Cow Cheeses. The making of the cheese can be seen through the viewing window of the hand-made farmhouse cheeses, along with fine wines from small single vineyards.

THE YARRA VALLEY CHOCOLATERIE & ICE CREAMERY

Crafted by talented French and Belgian chocolatiers, their range is available exclusively from the Chocolaterie.

With 250 different delectable delights to choose from, you can view how the chocolate is made and packaged, or taste from the large tubs at the entrance as you take in the massive colourful array of chocolate on display.

THE HEALESVILLE SANCTUARY

Under the Zoos Victoria banner, Healesville Sanctuary are a not-for-profit conservation organisation, through breeding and recovery programs for threatened species and by working with visitors and supporters to reduce threats facing endangered wildlife.

With the help of the very passionate staff and volunteers, Healesville Sanctuary are making a difference by fighting extinction and saving Australian wild life.

Everyone can help by visiting the Healesville Sanctuary and view the Spirits of the Sky display, have a Wild Encounter or a Magic Moment. (Book ahead)

MAROONDAH RESERVOIR PARK

Parks Victoria maintain the gardens with stands of native and exotic trees, native animals and birds and walking tracks. Enjoy the azaleas and rhododendrons in full bloom in spring, and during the winter months experience the awesome force of the water tumbling over the spillway.

If you enjoy bush walks or a picnic while watching the colourful parrots feeding, just choose a picnic table and you are in nature’s playground.

TARRA WARRA MUSEUM OF ART

The founders Eva and Marc Besen began collecting artworks in the 1950’s and since then their love for the arts has continued to grow. As a way of sharing their passion with the Australian Public Eva and Marc undertook to establish Australia’s first significant, privately funded public museum.

TWMA is a not-for-profit organisation and is classified as a charitable entity. Since opening its doors to the public on the 18th of December, 2003 Tarra Warra Museum of Art has been one of the cultural jewels in the Yarra Valley, providing visitors with a relaxing and enjoyable experience of both stunning architecture and a wealth of modern and contemporary art to absorb.

COOMBE – THE MELBA ESTATE

Home of world famous opera singer Dame Nellie Melba, located at the gateway to the Yarra Valley wine region in Victoria, set on seven acres of picturesque gardens and beautifully appointed facilities in the restored motor house and clock tower. The historic estate is home to the wines and vineyards of Coombe Farm and ‘behind the hedge’ is stunning Coombe Cottage and its gardens that offers one of the most unique cultural experiences in Australia.

ALOWYN GARDENS – YARRA GLEN

Prue and John Van de Linde had a vision and passion in 1997 to design and build an informative and educational experience for anyone interested not only in gardening, but also the enjoyment of a beautiful garden, it has been designed with shade and comfort in mind. Seven acres of clearly defined areas within the garden such as a perennial border, a silver birch forest, 500 trees, an edible garden, a formal parterre garden, and a French garden. You will be captivated by the absolute beauty of this property.RACV Tourism Award Winner 2013

HEDGEND MAZE

Explore the beautiful 20 acres of stimulating, fun filled activities for all ages. Hedgend Maze offers a creative environment that simulates a fun personal journey for everybody.

Run through the Maze, play Minigolf and Frisbee Golf. Unearth dinosaur bones in the Fossil Dig, enjoy visual brainteasers, you’ll love the Rainbow Maze and Giant Eyespys.

Or if you prefer, just surround yourself in nature and enjoy the magnificent panoramic views of the gorgeous Yarra Valley.

Now that you know all about the region, why not find out for yourself, Yarra Valley Tours can help you explore all the Yarra Valley has to offer.