Food & Wine Touring Route
Regional flavours, country air
Breathe in the fresh country air and discover the good life, just a short drive from Melbourne's CBD. Live it up at world-renowned wineries and award-winning restaurants, and pop into artisanal breweries, bakers, dairies, and organic farms as you go.
Make your way from the rolling hills and lush vineyards of the Yarra Valley to the magical gardens, fruit orchards and historic mansions of the Dandenong Ranges. Sample renowned varietals matched with gourmet ingredients at scenic wineries and fill your basket at local farm gates up and down the Mornington Peninsula. Finish your foodie adventure on the other side of the bay. Take the ferry over the waves to historic Queenscliff and savour the abundant food, wine and local produce all across the Bellarine Peninsula.
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Begin your foodie adventure in the stunning Yarra Valley, following in the footsteps of wine legend James Halliday. Download the James Halliday Hand Picked Yarra Valley map and indulge in the pinot noir, chardonnay and cool climate shiraz – all varietals that made the valley famous. Tick off the favourites and then expand your knowledge with some sparkling whites, rosé and pinot grigio.
There's more than enough choice for a full day of touring, including visits to Domaine Chandon, TarraWarra Estate and Rochford Wines. But you'll need sustenance as you go. Linger over lunch at Oakridge, visit Coombe Yarra Valley, once the home of Dame Nellie Melba for wine tasting or afternoon tea, or indulge at De Bortoli with specialty gourmet tastings combined with cheese from their on-site cheese shop.
If you'd rather hunt and gather, stop in at the Yarra Valley Dairy or the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and collect provisions for pre-dinner nibbles on your balcony at Yering Gorge Cottages, before heading to Meletos or Innocent Bystander for excellent wood fired pizza.CafesMeletosDine in a refurbished farm house at the Yarra Valley's Meletos. Specialising in local flavours, this cafe showcases the best of country hospitality.WineriesCoombe Yarra ValleyCompare cellar-door tasting notes, graze over a gourmet lunch and then delight at the on-site providore at the former home of Dame Nellie Melba.Food & wineRestaurantsPlease your palate and sate your appetite at some of the best restaurants, wineries, cafes and pubs in the stunning Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges.Food & wineColdstream TrailFind out what's in season and what's on the vine along the Coldstream Trail – located on Melbourne's doorstep and just five minutes from Lilydale.WineriesRochford WinesRochford Wines is a versatile indoor and outdoor restaurant, cellar door, event and entertainment destination in the heart of the Yarra Valley. The restaurant...WineriesTarraWarra EstateReward your senses with an inspired combination of fine wines, delicious food, fine art and breathtaking views. Hatted by the Good Food Guide 2019.
Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges
Start your morning with a drive through the Black Spur just beyond Healesville, a winding road through a cathedral of towering Mountain Ash trees and giant tree ferns.
Arrive at the Buxton Trout Farm, where you can fish for fresh trout or salmon, and have it cooked on a BBQ for lunch. Alternatively, take home a selection of dips and smoked fish to enjoy later.
Had enough wine yesterday? Hit the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail and spend the afternoon enjoying a different range of flavours. Visit Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse to get a taste of the new wave sweeping the valley. And be sure to visit Four Pillars Gin to see how Australia is influencing this classic spirit, using local native botanicals to create a distinctive flavour.
Top off the fine dining experiences with dinner at the award-winning Eleonore's at Chateau Yering, and spend a night in the chateau's luxury heritage accommodation.Road trips & itinerariesBlack Spur DriveFamous for its heady scenery of spectacular tall forests, the Black Spur winds its way through the Yarra Ranges between Healesville and Marysville.BreweriesDetour TaphouseDetour Beer Co. is a new brewery operating in the heart of Victoria’s Yarra Valley. Being a region of fine wines and expert winemakers, they know that...RestaurantsEleonore's Restaurant at Chateau Yering HotelTreat yourself to a night of elegant, multi-award-winning contemporary fine dining in the historic 19th-century Chateau Yering.Food & wineColdstream TrailFind out what's in season and what's on the vine along the Coldstream Trail – located on Melbourne's doorstep and just five minutes from Lilydale.Food & wineBreweries and distilleriesKick-start your Yarra Valley sojourn with a few days exploring the renowned breweries, artisan cider producers and craft distilleries in the region.Food & wineYarra Valley wine regionSip, sniff, and savour fine wines within the hallowed walls of historic Victorian viticultural institutions, or discover secret winery gems.
Dandenong Ranges to Mornington Peninsula
Uncover the bounty of the Dandenong Ranges at gardens and orchards across the region. Fill your basket at farm gates and local provedores, or pick your own fruit right at the source. Stock up on fresh cherries in the height of summer at Cherryhill Orchards, or visit Rayners Orchards for stonefruit, citrus and quinces as the season cools.
Swap the road for the rails and book in for a sumptuous lunch on the Puffing Billy heritage railway. Revel in the old-world glamour of the historic dining carriage as you travel through lush rainforest and beautiful fern gullies. Alternatively, drive up to SkyHigh Mount Dandenong for a lavish lunch paired with sweeping views across the city and Port Phillip Bay.
Travel south to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, and settle into a late afternoon wine tasting at Crittenden Wine Centre, watching the shadows lengthen over the vines. If you're here late in the week, be sure to visit one of the peninsula's award-winning restaurants for dinner.
Stay overnight in the gourmet village of Flinders and experience the contemporary luxury of Quarters at the Flinders Hotel.Food and wineRestaurantsEnjoy unforgettable meals accompanied by signature wines on the peninsula and see what the star chefs create from the fresh regional produce.Food & wineMornington Peninsula wine regionSample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.Local produceRayner's OrchardRayner's Orchard currently grow over 450 varieties of fruit and is around an hours drive from the city centre, located in Melbourne's food bowl, the Yarra...History & heritagePuffing Billy RailwayAll aboard for a ride on Australia's oldest steam railway, through thick forests and lush fern gullies, or travel first class for olden-times romance.Food & wineLocal produceFill up with farm-fresh delights at Mornington Peninsula's inviting roadside stalls, or taste the harvest cooked to perfection at esteemed eateries.RestaurantsSkyHigh Mount Dandenong and Scenic LookoutAt SkyHigh Mount Dandenong you will get some perspective and escape the noise and pressures of the concrete jungle. Less than an hour from the Melbourne...
Mornington Peninsula to Bellarine Peninsula
Tempt the palate and treat the tastebuds as you make your way along the Wine Food Farmgate Trail. Fill your basket at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm, Green Olive at Red Hill, and Heronswood Gardens. If you'd rather have someone else do the driving, take a tour with MP Experience and meet the locals behind the sensational regional produce.
Schedule a late lunch at Max's at Red Hill Estate and look out to Phillip Island across the water. Alternatively, stop for lunch at Montalto and combine a walk through their sculpture park and olive grove, with a stunning meal overlooking the vines. Peruse the cellar doors and sample wines of other nearby vineyards and then wind your way to the pointy end of the peninsula.
Ride the ferry from Sorrento to Queenscliff with Searoad Ferries and then head straight to Geelong where your accommodation at the Vue Apartments awaits. All settled in, explore the waterfront and urban offerings of this ever-evolving foodie destination.Food & wineMornington Peninsula wine regionSample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.Food & wineLocal produceFill up with farm-fresh delights at Mornington Peninsula's inviting roadside stalls, or taste the harvest cooked to perfection at esteemed eateries.Food & wineGeelong food and wineWander Geelong's ever-evolving waterfront and urban precincts to see why the bayside city is developing a reputation as a stellar foodie destination.Food & wineWine Food Farmgate TrailHit the Wine Food Farmgate Trail and celebrate the Mornington Peninsula's love affair with fine food, seasonal produce and the fruits of the vine.Food & wineBreweries and distilleriesTake a detour from Mornington Peninsula's vinous highlights and relax by a barrel table at small-batch craft breweries, cideries and distilleries.RestaurantsGreen Olive at Red HillDeliberate over the all-day tapas and wine menu, visit the farm shop and join a Mornington Peninsula cooking class at this haven for food lovers.
Let the Bellarine Taste Trail direct you around this beautiful region. Visit berry, olive and tomato growers, and stock up at local farm gates and farmers' markets. Be sure to include a visit to Advance Mussel Supply in Portarlington, where you can purchase fresh-off-the-boat mussels, Angasi oysters and abalone.
Jack Rabbit Vineyard, which sits on the coast overlooking Corio Bay is a must for lunch. Follow it up with an afternoon exploring some of the other fine vineyards of the Bellarine, including Oakdene, Leura Estate and Terindah Estate.
Wine palate exhausted; make a beeline for Flying Brick Cider House, or Little Creatures Brewery in Geelong, before heading back to Melbourne in the late afternoon.Local produceAdvance Mussel SupplySample delectable Portarlington mussels and Angasi oysters cooked on-site, or take some home fresh from this large family-owned producer.Food & wineBreweries and distilleriesIn Geelong and the Bellarine, craft breweries, cideries and distilleries are popping up and drawing legions of fans. A craft beer revolution is brewing.WineriesMcGlashans Wallington EstateEnjoy award-winning chardonnay, pinot noir, pinot gris and shiraz with gourmet grazing platters. Stick around to explore the classic car exhibitions.Food & wineBellarine Taste TrailTreat your tastebuds to the best of the Bellarine Peninsula. Savour the local flavours at wineries, farmgates, provedores, restaurants, cafes and more.WineriesJack Rabbit VineyardHop to it for sophisticated cool-climate wines, an award-winning restaurant, cellar door, tasting room, bistro-style cafe and stunning coastal views.Food & wineRestaurantsGet your tastebuds going in restaurants that celebrate the region's excellent local produce, diverse cultural mix and natural beauty.