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Dominique Portet in the Yarra Valley, Victoria

Dominique Portet in the Yarra Valley, Victoria [©Visions of Victoria]

Winetasting in the underground barrel hall at Warrenmang Vineyard
Grampians Grape Escape
Enjoy great wine from the Pyrenees wine region in Victoria
Hickinbotham of Dromana, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria


From Mildura via the Pyrenees to the Yarra Valley and the North East,  our VisitVineyards.com subscribers get out and about, experiencing the wonderful wine and food to be had in Victorian wine regions. Who better to give some tips and advice on the must-sees and hidden gems in Victoria's wine country?

Whether it's general recommendations, specific wineries or wines, we received some interesting and informative tips in our last subscriber survey. Here's a selection for travelling Victoria:



Must visit Cape Horn Vineyard – one of the best vineyard / cellar door locations in Australia. The wines are award winning and surprisingly cheap for the quality. A few different varietals such as Durif, Sparkiling Durif, Primitivo ( Zinfandel) and Marsanne.
     Peter M, of Echuca, Vic



Hidden gems: Cannibal Creek and Bass Valley Estate


Macedon Ranges

Rowanston on the Track Winery on the Burke and Wills track in Glenhope is a small family run winery with some excellent sparkling merlot and pinot.
     Jacki W, of Brunswick, Vic

Mornington Peninsula

Stumpy Gully Vineyard in Moorooduc on Mornington Peninsula does fantastic platters on Sundays. Hickinbothams on Mornington Peninsula for craft beer and wine. Mornington Peninsula Brewery in Mornington for good craft beer and pizza.
     Emily B, of Moorooduc, Vic


Best value wines: Warrenmang Vineyard & Resort
Hidden Gem: Dog Rock Winery



Must do's - Rutherglen Wine Region is heaven on earth, as everything is very close together so you can ride your bike and not have to worry about driving, and the durifs and muscats are to die for! Must stay a couple of days and do all the wineries! Tips - look over the tastings on offer first and decide what you most want to try and try them first, otherwise, after about 5 or 6 tastings, hard to tell what’s good and bad!
     Lisa A, of Essendon North, Vic

Rutherglen is a much under-rated wine area, with traditional cellar doors, very friendly (and usually well informed staff (occasionally the winemaker him/herself) and an increasing ability to make very good  wines other than the traditional fortifieds and massive reds. If you really want to enjoy the wines, avoid the summer months (it is hard to drink port and muscat when it's forty degrees outside) and also the Queen's birthday weekend (which is good for the party atmosphere but bad for serious wine tasting.)
     Vic M, of Mount Waverley, Vic

Yarra Valley
Dominique Portet in the Yarra Valley has been a favourite of ours for a few years now.  Good wine, lovely cellar door to visit, very helpful and amiable staff and an interesting 10 generation tradition.
     Anthony K, of Carindale, Qld

Redbox Winery, Kangaroo Ground, Victoria – Colin (owner) is great for a chat and his wines are fantastic!  We are wine club members (a necessity after moving to QLD).  Don't go past their Cab Blanc but be quick - it sells out!
     Jennifer H, of Holland Park, Qld

Visitors not familiar with Melbourne may not be aware how easy it is to get to the Yarra Valley from the city (less than a hour by car or public transport). It's a beautiful region with numerous cellar doors for both small and big producers. Local chardonnay and cool-climate shiraz are prominent, with some great sparkling wine as well (be sure to try the delicious sparkling rosé at Dominique Portet!)
     Nicholas R, of Parkville, Vic

Best regional wine festivals:

Grape Escape, Grampians – annually in early May
Shed fest Yarra Valley – annually in October


For more information on the listed properties and events, and to discover more about Victoria's wine regions, scroll down to the articles below.

June 23rd, 2014
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