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.

Head to Elmswood Estate, where cheese platters are on hand to complement the wine.

It's 8 kilometres to pretty Morgans Winery & Distillery, where you can taste small-batch gin 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 the cellar door at Badgers Brook Winery for tastings, then it's mere minutes to lovely Soumah of Yarra Valley for its northern Italian-style wines and trattoria. The cellar-door at Mac Forbes Wines 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. Antipasto and cheese paddles plus famous traditional thin-base pizzas are perfect for grazing with a glass of wine, while taking in the majestic views. 86km