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YARRA VALLEY - the best of ...


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Yarra Valley  VIC

REVIEW:
The Yarra Valley was one of the first combined food & wine baskets of Australia, providing a virtual cornucopia of produce to the city of Melbourne in the nineteenth century. Now, within an hour's drive from central Melbourne and recognised as one of the premium wine producing areas of Australia, the Yarra Valley is again alive, not only with wine, but with artisinal and premium food produce that is the envy of other areas.
This is a fabulous area that can even be accessed by a day trip, although relaxing and spending time in this beautiful and varied valley is worth every moment you can spare.

"On a sunny morning, when you're driving through the Yarra Valley and the far pavilions of the Great Divide are rising blue and mysterious, you want to live forever.

There are many claimants for the title of God's Own Country, but our own green valley is probably as close as you'll get in Australia. It's rich in beauty and history, but most importantly, it's rich in terroir, that mystical combination of soil, climate and culture that nurtures good wine and food.

The river flats and gentle foothills have been an important part of Australia's wine industry since Victoria's first vineyard was planted here in 1837. Recognising that wine is unfulfilled without food, and that wine and food call for somewhere to rest, the Yarra Valley is now a total package centre for the good life.

The valley is broad and comfortably houses 2500 hectares of vines, most of which have grown up in the past couple of decades. There's still plenty of land left, and pundits say the valley will eventually divide into smaller appellations, much like California's Sonoma and Napa valleys."

Until it was devastated by phylloxera in the 19th century, Victoria was Australia's largest wine-producing state and, to a large extent, the Yarra Valley was where it was at. Now the region has gone full circle and then some, producing world-famous wines, often under difficult circumstances.

The climate in the valley is predictably unpredictable - it will never be consistently hot, cold, dry, wet, still or windy. It has pockets of microclimate, leading to late vintages and relatively low volumes. However, quality is invariably high, justifying the big tickets that many producers put on their wines."

Paul Edwards, The Age 9th July 2002


We select the best the Yarra Valley offers -

RESTAURANTS -

Balgownie, Yarra Glen
Bella Restaurant, Chirnside Park
Bella Vedere, Coldstream
Bianchet Winery, Lilydale
Cafe Immerse, Dixons Creek
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant, Dixon's Creek
Eleonore's at Chateau Yering, Yering
Evelyn County Estate, Kangaroo Ground
Giant Steps / Innocent Bystander, Healesville
Healesville Hotel, Healesville
Marylands Country House, Marysville
Oakridge Winery Cafe, Coldstream
Outlook Hill Restaurant, Tarrawarra
Rochford Wines, Coldstream
Roundstone Winery & Cafe, Yarra Glen
Shantell Vineyard & Winery, Dixon's Creek
Stones of the Yarra Valley, Coldstream
Tarrawarra Estate Wine Bar
3777 @ Mt Rael
Train Trak & Zonzo, Yarra Glen
Yering Station Wine Bar Restaurant, Yering

Hills -
Kenloch, Olinda
Lady Hawke, Mount Dandenong
Ripe, Sassafras
Rustic Charm Restaurant, Wandin North
Wild Oak Cafe, Olinda
Woods Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke


CAFES / CASUAL EATERIES -

Domaine Chandon, Coldstream
Dominique Portet, Coldstream
Healesville Harvest
Rochford Wines
Roundstone Winery
Shantell Vineyard & Winery
Wild Oak Cafe
Yering Station


BARS -

Healesville Hotel, Healesville
Cunningham's Inn, Yarra Junction
Yering Station, Yarra Glen


FOOD OUTLETS & PRODUCERS -

Aumann Family Orchard
Buxton Trout Farm, Buxton
Captain Jack's Seafood, Warburton
Debortolis Cheese Room, Dixons Creek
Farmer's Choice, Yarra Junction
Fruition, via Healesville
Healesville Harvest, Healesville
Jam Lady Jams, Healesville
Kennedy & Wilson Chocolates, Gruyere
Rainbow Meats, Chirnside Park
Regional Fare, Yarra Glen
Ripe, Sassafras
Roundstone Wine & Food, Yarra Glen
Tastebuds, Healesville
Whispers from Provence
Wild about fruit, Wandin
Yarra Valley Dairy, Yering
Yarra Valley Farmers' Market
Yarra Valley Game Meats
Yarra Valley Pasta Shop, Healesville
Yarra Valley Preserves
Yarra Valley Salmon


CELLAR DOORS -

Ainsworth Estate, Seville
Bianchet, Coldstream
Carlei Estate & Green Vineyards, Upper Beaconsfield (by appointment)
Coldstream Hills, Coldstream
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant, Dixon's Creek
di Stasio, Coldstream (by appointment)
Domaine Chandon, Coldstream
Dominique Portet, Coldstream
Evelyn County Estate, Kangaroo Ground
Fergusson, Yarra Glen
Gembrook Hill, Gembrook (by appointment)
Giant Steps, Gruyere (by appointment)
Hillcrest Vineyards, Woori Yallock (by appointment)
Kellybrook, Wonga Park
Lilydale Vineyards, Seville
Long Gully, Healesville
Lovegrove Vineyard & Winery, Cottles Bridge
Morgan Vineyards, Seville
Oakridge Estate, Coldstream
Outlook Hill, Tarrawarra
Punt Road, Coldstream
Ridgeback Wines, Panton Hill (by appointment)
Rochford Wines, Coldstream
Roundstone Winery & Vineyard, Yarra Glen
Samson Hill Estate, Kangaroo Ground
Seville Estate, Seville (by appointment)
Shantell Vineyard & Winery, Dixon's Creek
St Huberts, Coldstream
Sticks, Coldstream
Strathewen Hills, Strathewen (by appointment)
Sutherland Estate, Dixons Creek
Tarrawarra Estate, Yarra Glen
Tin Cows, Yarra Glen
Tokar Estate, Coldstream
Warramate, Gruyere
Wedgetail Estate, Cottles Bridge
Yarra Burn, Yarra Junction
Yarra Ridge, Yarra Glen
Yarra Yarra, Steels Creek (by appointment)
Yarra Yering, Coldstream
Yerinberg, Coldstream (by appointment)
Yering Farm, Yering
Yering Station (& Yarrabank), Yarra Glen


ACCOMMODATION -

Ainsworth Estate, Seville
Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel, Yarra Glen
Grand Hotel, Yarra Glen
Green Getaway, Gembrook
Healesville Hotel, Healsville
Katandra Gardens, Wandin
Kiltynane B&B, Yarra Glen
Mount Rael, Healesville
Outlook Hill, Tarrawarra
Strathvea, Healesville


FUNCTION VENUES -

Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
De Bortoli Winery & Restaurant, Dixon's Creek
Domaine Chandon
Healesville Hotel, Healsville
Potters Cottage, Warrandyte
Woods Sherbrooke, Sherbrooke
Yarra Valley Dairy, Yering
Yering Station, Yering


FESTIVALS -

Grape Grazing


Other -

 
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