Yarra Valley

Given its proximity to Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is ideal for a wine day out. The problem is with so many excellent cellar doors and wine-focused venues to visit, it’s hard to resist the urge to stay longer.

Seville Estate

Star Cellar Door

(03) 5964 2622
sevilleestate.com.au

Late last year, there was a complete revamp of Seville Estate, a pioneer of Yarra Valley wine. Under the watchful eye of winemaker and now general manager, Dylan McMahon, the wines have never been better. Dylan, grandson of the original owners, says “the focus has been on the wine and that won’t change but it was time to bring the estate into the 21st century. We want people to come here to drink, to eat, to stay and say wow.”

While the cellar door opens daily, on weekends starting with Friday lunch, the restaurant fires up with its tilt towards locally sourced produce, including its own, for the weekly changing menu of outstanding modern Australian fare. The dining room is sleek and airy with plenty of space between the blond-wood tables and Thonet-style chairs.

Interior designer Leora McMahon, Dylan’s wife, undertook the stylish fit-out and she has reimagined the original homestead into chic and comfortable accommodation. No expense spared yet there’s no frippery or fuss. Importantly, Seville Estate’s heritage has not been lost, it has simply been given a new lease of life.  JANE FAULKNER

OUTSTANDING WINE: Seville Estate Dr McMahon Shiraz, A$125

De Bortoli
BEST LARGE CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5965 2271
debortoli.com.au

Graceburn Wine Room & Bistro
BEST SMALL CELLAR DOOR

(03) 5962 3704
graceburn.com

Oakridge Estate
CELLAR DOOR WITH BEST FOOD

(03) 9738 9900
oakridgewines.com.au

TarraWarra Estate
BEST TASTING EXPERIENCE

(03) 5957 3510
tarrawarra.com.au

Giant Steps
BEST ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE (private dining)

(03) 5962 6111
giantstepswine.com.au

Ville d’Soumah
our favourite places to stay

(03) 5962 4716
soumah.com.au

Chateau Yering Hotel
our favourite places to stay

(03) 9237 3333
chateauyering.com.au