Seville is home to a few small wineries that punch above their weight. Start with surprising sparkling or tempranillo – and the ambience of a jazz band – at Seville Hill. 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. Sip while keeping an eye on kangaroos in the vineyard.

Your final stop is a short drive up to Dixons Creek and Mandala Wines. Try a mix of classic varieties in the cellar door and stop for dinner in the glasshouse DiVino Ristorante. 86km