There is much to do and see in Melbourne and the surrounding regions. Melbourne wineries and vineyards are very much part of the landscape when you head out of the city. Rolling hills, perfectly straight vines and colourful grapes are everywhere you look in Victoria.
It is no secret that the state of Victoria is one of the most fantastic areas of Australia when it comes to wine. If you are after an indulgent weekend getaway which includes tasting some of the finest wines in the region, then head to one of the many great Melbourne wineries. There are more than 800 wineries and 600 cellar doors in 21 wine regions across the state. There is a wine menu for every palette. Just a short drive from the centre of Melbourne and you’ll discover five incredibly diverse wine regions offering wonderful local produce. Melbourne wineries attract people from far and wide, many who have a real passion and extensive knowledge about the subject.
Popular Wine Regions
The Sunbury wine region is the closest to Melbourne. It is to the north west of the city, past Melbourne (Tullamarine) airport. The oldest wine region in the state is the Yarra Valley wine region. A region which lies just beyond Lilydale, north east of the city. Wine making began here in 1838.
The Mornington Peninsula wine region, as the name suggests, is down on the Mornington Peninsula. Visitors are attracted not only by the vineyards, but also the great beaches and other attractions. This is a popular region for Melburnians, and is just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, It is home to more than 50 boutique cellar doors and the region’s renowned pinot noir.
The Geelong wine region is concentrated to the south west of Melbourne. The city of Geelong is a 75 kilometre, one hour, drive from Melbourne. This was the largest vine growing region in Victoria the 1800’s. The Macedon Ranges wine region is centred around Kyneton and woodend, north of Melbourne. The region produces some of Australia’s best sparkling wine, and the high altitude and cool climate provide perfect conditions for chardonnay, pinot noir and shiraz.