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From pinot on the Mornington Peninsula to sparkling in the Macedon Ranges, discover five distinct wine regions within an hour and a half of the city.
Bulong Estate Winery, Yarra Junction
Escape from the busy city life to scenic wine country, only a short drive from Melbourne's CBD. Take your pick of five diverse wine regions that offer special blends unique to their climates. Pair your selections with local delicacies at farm to table feasts. Raise your glass and tuck into fresh local meats, craft cheeses and fresh gourmet produce.
Chardonnay, shiraz, and pinot noir varieties dominate the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Sunbury, and Macedon wine regions just outside of Melbourne. Though made of similar grapes, the unique climates and geographical features of each region combine to create unique wines as distinct as the wineries that produce them. Hit the road and taste the difference in tone from surf coast to volcanic plain, lush valley to hinterland.
Alongside the enticing array of gourmet food and local wines, the wine regions surrounding Melbourne are a scenic wonder unto themselves. So break up your trip by stopping off at quaint villages and seaside towns, farm gates, craft breweries and national parks as you go.
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Sip, sniff, and savour fine wines within the hallowed walls of historic Victorian viticultural institutions, or discover secret winery gems.
Sample your way around Peninsula's boutique cellar doors for the region's renowned pinot noir, plus chardonnay, shiraz, pinot gris and pinot grigio.
Explore the Geelong wine region's diverse sub-regions from surf coast to volcanic plains making its food, wine and landscape resist any label.
Explore vineyards that date back to the 1850s and still produce long-lasting red wines in Sunbury and surrounding areas in the region.
Tour to some of Australia's finest boutique wineries in the Macedon Ranges wine region for an authentic, intimate tasting journey.
Take an unexpected turn, duck into one of Melbourne's famed laneways, scamper up some stairs and take a tipple in a bar with a distinct personality.
Visit Victoria's slew of local distilleries and find yourself tucking into a warming whisky or a refreshing gin and tonic in an unadorned bush shack.
Enjoy innovative cuisines as you discover Melbourne's best dining experiences at restaurants celebrated by critics and locals alike.
Victorian countryside and inner-city breweries prove that there's a lot more to Aussie beer with a burgeoning hand-craft and artisan beer scene.