An hour of scenic drive from Melbourne’s CBD, explore and discover the region’s food, wine, and chocolate.
Yarra Valley is a showcase of Victoria’s food and wine culture. Food and wine festivals are a regular event with restaurants and wineries as hosts. They exhibit the best of their products and introduce new creations. Every year patrons, enthusiasts, and connoisseurs have something to look forward to.
Learn more and understand local culture and celebrate the spirit of Yarra Valley. Experience Australia’s wholesome country hospitality.
Local cuisine and gourmet food
Most of the wineries also have restaurants and cafes serving local gourmet food. Check out their menus and you will see a list of mouthwatering dishes. You can indulge your appetite with steaks (kangaroo meat, beef, lamb chops) and salads.
And of course, desserts!
The meat, fish, and vegetables they serve mostly come from local gourmet farms. You can be sure that the food is prepared from fresh produce.
Enjoy a scrumptious meal viewing the region’s picturesque vistas of vineyards, rolling hills, and mountain ranges.
Yarra’s classic wines
With great food also comes the need to match it with great wine. Yarra Valley is one of Australia’s best when it comes to wine. There are over 40 cellar doors throughout the region offering premium cool-climate wines.
A selection of fine wines would always be available. Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Nebbiolo, sparkling wines, you name it.
Swill a glass or two of the fruity full-bodied Cabernet Sauvignon. Taste the wine’s floral fragrant, peppery flavor, and silky tannins. Or pour in the premier Pinot Noir that expresses a blend of fruity flavor with a floral scent and herbal aroma.
If you choose a white variety, then swirl a Chardonnay. It is a light to medium-bodied wine revealing a blend of fruity melon, fig, and white peach.
You may also try the French traditional style of sparkling wines. They’re fruity, crisp, flavorful with elegant floral fragrance.
Handcrafted chocolates and sweets
To complete your day, drop by the chocolate factory for some handcrafted chocolates. Visit Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. Their products highlight the region’s creativity, artistry, and ingenuity.
Indulge your sweet tooth with satisfying couverture chocolates. Let a creamy and smooth chocolate melt in your mouth bringing the rich and intense flavor of a cocoa.
Try any of their 250 many different varieties of sweets and chocolate products. Pick some truffles, pastilles, chocolate bars, rocky road, macaroons, etc.
Also, they use native ingredients for their sweets and relishes. Seasonal fruits for their ice cream come from local farms. They use indigenous materials for the packaging.
Visit their Cafe and check out what’s on the menu. Try their desserts, pastries, and hot chocolate drinks. Or get a cone of their ice cream of which the fruit flavor depends on the season.
Yarra Valley is a place to be to satiate your senses with exquisite food, fine wine, and dainty sweets.
This Melbourne tours to the Yarra Valley includes a visit to two wineries, a gourmet farm, a cider house, and a chocolate factory.
Should you opt for an early morning hot air balloon flight departing from Yarra Valley, the cheapest cost is $405 per person.
By Kelvene Requiroso, content writer and member of the SEO team of the Melbourne-based Get Lost Travel Group.