Top cellar doors to visit in the Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is only a short drive from the Melbourne CBD, and you’ll find some absolutely world-beating cellar doors here. So where to start? Here’s a few of our absolute faves.
The Australian domaine of one of the largest producers of premium bubbles has a decadent presence in the heart of Coldstream, with seriously impressive views of the surrounding Yarra Ranges. And it’s well appointed too - offering a tasting bench, restaurant, lounge bar and winemaking tours if you’re keen to see behind the scenes.
727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770, open 7 days.
9th generation winemaker Dominique Portet founded his eponymous winery back in 2000, with a desire to make wines on a site he believed rivaled the terroir of Bordeaux. Here you’ll find the latest chapter in the storied history of a winemaking family dating back to 1700s - Dominique’s son Ben now heads the winemaking team as generation 10. A cellar door that’s the epitome of classical, relaxed European cool - complete with bistro and outdoor petanque court. They’re open for tastings daily, with tours of the barrel room and winery also on offer by appointment.
870-872 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770, open 7 days.
Set on a ridgeline in Gruyere, Medhurst Estate’s modern cellar door is a real looker in more than one sense of the word. Kick back with a tasting flight of their estate wines overlooking the vineyard and winery - their kitchen is open for lunch from Friday-Sunday if you’re feeling peckish too, with a light menu highlighting the best regional producers.
24-26 Medhurst Rd, Gruyere VIC 3770, open Thursday through Monday.
You’ll find Rob Dolan’s eponymous cellar door at the footsteps of the Yarra Valley in Warrandyte South - just a short hop, skip and 30 minute drive from Melbourne CBD. With their wine specialists on hand to take you through a tasting flight, wines by the glass or the bottle, it’s a great spot to relax and unwind with some great wines - with paired grazing platters available if you’d like to snack along too. They’re dog friendly to boot (and if you’re lucky you’ll bump into Merlot, their resident pooch).
Address: 21-23 Delaneys Rd, Warrandyte South VIC 3134, open 7 days.
A stunning subterranean cellar door is waiting to greet you at TarraWarra Estate - a dedicated tasting space opening into their working winery. All TarraWarra’s wines are estate grown, and you also have the option of enjoying a glass (or bottle) on deck surrounded by native peppercorn trees.
311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen 3775, open Tuesday - Sunday
What do they say about good things coming in small packages? Warramunda’s intimate cellar door is an extension of the family home - and where you can expect to run into founders Robert, Iren and daughter winemaker Liv pouring their finest. Open Friday, Saturday and Sunday, their bistro highlights local seasonal faves too.
860 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3068, open Friday - Sunday
Located in Gruyere, Yarra Yering have built a rep as one of the region's most awarded producers - and here you’ll find an opportunity to taste their most iconic wines. Booking is essential for this one.
4 Briarty Rd, Gruyere VIC 3770, open 7 days by appointment.
Seville Hill offers the opportunity to taste one-on-one with their winemaker John D’Alosio - perfect for you to take a deep dive into their current and cellar releases. With groups capped at a maximum of 10 people, book ahead to reserve your place.
8 Paynes Road, Seville VIC 3139, open weekends by appointment.
There’s heaps to discover in the Yarra Valley, with new cellar doors and producers popping up all the time - so go forth and explore!
ps. make sure to check the winery websites we've linked above for up-to-date info on openings and bookings, especially around the holidays.