Yarra Valley Travel Guide
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Yarra Valley is a wine producing
region of Victoria Australia located just under 1 hours drive from
Melbourne. There are around 145 wineries found within Yarra Valley growing
around 30 varieties of grapes to produce a range of white wines, red
wines, sparkling wines, tawny wines and fortified wines.
History of Yarra Valley
As well as wine, the Yarra Valley has farming including cattle, cattle and a range of fresh produce. Throughout Yarra Valley you will see signs out the front of farms selling their produce including walnuts, fresh apples and pears, strawberries, olives, cheese from the Yarra Valley Diary. Alot of the wineries sell the produce from the valley as well as a range of relishes, jams, mustards, pickles, fudge and chocolates. Arts and crafts, wooden gifts like wine stoppers, kitchen chopping boards.
Activities in Yarra Valley
Wine tasting - most of the wineries in Yarra Valley have their cellar doors open to try and buy their wines.
Helicopter joy flights - if you are looking for a faster, more exhilarating flight over the Yarra Valley check out these companies that have Helicopter scenic flights - Yarra Valley Helicopter Service and Yarra Valley Helicopters
Horse Riding - there are a number of places in the Yarra Valley offer horse riding through the trails and properties. Ranges Equestrian Centre offer horse riding as well as riding lessons.
Parachuting and Skydiving - for the more adventurous there is skydiving and parachuting with the Melbourne Skydive Centre at Lilydale Airport on MacIntyre Ave Lilydale.
Camping - for some outdoor activities or budget accommodation there are a number of locations where you pitch your tent for some camping in the Yarra Valley. Upper Yarra Reservoir has a camp site close to the Yarra River with barbeque area, bathrooms, cooking facilities and you are allowed to take your pets along. Healesville Tourist Park has camp sites as well as caravan sites.
White Water Rafting is available on the Yarra River through the heart of the Yarra Valley. Check out Yarra Valley White Water Rafting.
Golf in the Yarra Valley - there are 2 golf courses located in the Yarra Valley, a full 27 hole golf course at Yering Meadows at Croydon Golf Club and a 9 hole golf course at Yarra Valley Country Club
Bus Tours of Yarra Valley
There are a number of companies that have bus tours leaving from Melbourne for day trips to the Yarra Valley. Following are some of these companies with prices and contact details:
Australian Wine Tours Co have tours that leave everyday from Melbourne at 9.30am and arrive back to Melbourne around 5pm. These tours visit four of the wineries in Yarra Valley - Chandon, Yering Farm, Yering Station and Rochfords Wines. The tour includes lunch at Rochfords Wines and wine tasting at all four wineries. Tour price is $110 per person.
Yarra Valley Wine Tours run daily tours as well as private tours of the Yarra Valley Wineries. Tours depart from Melbourne.
Chill Out Travel Winery Tours have tours to the Yarra Valley leaving Melbourne Wed, Sat and Sun at 9.00am returning around 5.15pm. Tour price is $108 per person with a maximum of 11 people. These tours are in mini-buses.
Last updated 12th July 2011
Wineries of Yarra Valley
There are 145 wineries located in the Yarra Valley. Following are some of the better known wineries as well as the smaller wineries worth visiting:
Domaine Chandon Wines is owned by the French company Moet and has been producing sparkling wines in Yarra Valley for over 20 years using the 'Methode Traditional' which is the same method of sparkling wine production as used in the Champagne region of France.
Rochford Wines is one of the larger wineries in the Yarra Valley. They have a large selection of wines for sale and tastings in the cellar, a great restaurant and they hold regular concerts on their green out the front of the restaurant. Upcoming concerts include Meatloaf Saturday 15th October 2011 and Steely Dan & Steve Winwood Saturday 29th October 2011. For more upcoming concerts at Rochfords Wines check out A Day On The Green.
Yering Station is the oldest winery in the Yarra Valley first producing wine in 1838.
Yering Farm is a small winery in Yarra Valley which only uses it's own grapes grown on it's property to produce their wines. Yering Farm Wines can only be purchased at the cellar doors or in restaurants in Melbourne and Sydney.
Balgowrie Estate Wines are open for wine tasting and they also have accommodation on the property.
Hotels in Yarra Valley
Chateau Yerring is a historical house hotel located at Yering Station
The Sebel Heritage has stunning views overlooking the Yarra Valley. Room prices start from $195 per night.
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