Step up your white-with-fish, red-with-meat wine matching game and pair top tipples with art, live music, boutique accommodation, hot air ballooning, picnics and fine dining in the Yarra Valley.
Compare and contrast fine wines and fine art at TarraWarra Estate and TarraWarra Museum of Art, where award-winning pinot noir and chardonnay and seasonal exhibitions of modern and contemporary art share the spotlight.
Set your sights on summer for the Summer Jazz series at Seville Hill, the Summer of Live Music with twighlight performances on the lawn at Yarrawood, live music summer evenings on the deck at Rochford and big names year-round at its amphitheatre.
Float wistfully over vineyards at sunrise in a hot-air-balloon and maintain the floaty feeling with a post-flight champagne breakfast. Global Ballooning offers winery tours and breakfast packages in the Yarra Valley. Prefer to prop up the bar? Take a helicopter to De Bortoli with Melbourne Helipad or tailor a trip to local wineries with JamCo Helicopters.
Dining and local produce
Pair fine wine with award-winning menus. Book ahead for indulgent meals at Oakridge Wines, lauded by the Australian Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide, or Eleonore's at Chateau Yering and Ezard @ Levantine Hill, both awarded a hat by The Age Good Food Guide.
Laze on the lawn on a sunny afternoon at picnic-perfect wineries De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate (picnic facilities), Hanrahan Vineyard (BYO food), and Yarrawood Estate (lawn rugs provided).
Eat, drink and be berry at Badger Creek Blueberry Farm, where wines are made from blueberries, and fresh berries and home made preserves are available at the cellar door.
For a cheesier option, visit the Cheese Room at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, or shoot the bries with local wines at Yarra Valley Dairy.
Head to Coldstream, where Punt Road Winery and Napoleone Cider sit side by cider, or visit Badger Creek Blueberry Farm for a berry fruity range of wines as well as award-winning St Ronan's Cider.
Booze and snooze at wineries with boutique accommodation just a short stroll from the cellar door. Sleep in style at Wild Cattle Creek Estate, Sutherland Estate, Balgownie Estate, Chateau Yering and Fergusson Winery.