Seville is home to a few small wineries that punch above their weight. Order in advance and start with picking up a surprising sparkling or tempranillo from Seville Hill's cellar door. Then it's down the road to Payne's Rise, where the cellar door is in the original 1860s homestead, and you can sample wine under shady elms and oaks.

Venture around the corner to sip sought-after shiraz among rolling hills and pastures at Seville Estate.

It's a short hop to Brumfield Winery, where extras such as homemade sourdough bread and great coffee add to the appeal.

Meet the winemaker and sit under the trees at Five Oaks Vineyard, then duck around the bend to Elmswood Estate, where antipasto is on hand to complement the wine.

It's 8 kilometres to pretty Morgan Vineyards, where you can taste estate cider as well as handmade wine.

Just over the highway, Killara Estate is a relaxed family-friendly stop for wine, food and hill views. Drive 16 kilometres north to taste the wares at the Badger's Brook Winery cellar door then settle at Tramonto, the onsite restaurant.

It's mere minutes to lovely Soumah of Yarra Valley with its northern Italian-style wines and trattoria. Mac Forbes Wines' cellar-door is open for tastings on the first Saturday of every month. Contact the winery in advance to arrange a private experience.

Just on the other side of Healesville, Boat O'Craigo has a reputation for outstanding hand-crafted wines. The kitchen produces delicious antipasto and cheese paddles, as well as the famous traditional thin base pizzas. All great for grazing on with friends with a glass of wine, while taking in the majestic views. 86km