Being based in Melbourne it is really easy to take a coach trip and in just a couple of hours you are in wine country. But perhaps you do not have the time to travel too far afield and so this blog highlights some of the best wineries that are closest to Melbourne.
If you fancy visiting any of the wineries highlighted in our list then contact Bus Charter Melbourne to see what great wine tours we offer.
Merricks Creek - Mornington Peninsula
Just an hour’s drive from the CBD of Melbourne you can get to Merricks Creek in the Mornington Peninsula. This stunning bespoke winery offers some great Estate Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
Their close planted Pinot Noir is considered to be one of the very best in all Australia, and they produce it using French Burgundy traditions. Not only are the wines exceptional but the views of the estate and the surrounding landscape are fabulous.
The cellar door is highly acclaimed and offers first class tasting experiences to all visitors and groups. The winemaker himself, Dr Parker is happy to take you through his wines and to complement them there are gourmet tasting platters.
Whilst you are indulging in the best of food and drink take the opportunity to walk around the Monet inspired gardens.
Rob Dolan Wines - South Yarra Valley
Literally on Melbourne’s doorstep is one of the legendary winemakers of the Yarra Valley, namely Rob Dolan. This magical winery is only thirty minutes drive from the centre of Melbourne and offers standout wines as well as a brewery. Many visitors take the opportunity of visiting the charcuterie and take the tasty morsels out on the verandah to enjoy with a glass of something special.
Kellybrook - Yarra Valley
Another superb winery that is almost on the outskirts of Melbourne is Kellybrook. It is a famous hangout with punters from the city as it is only half an hour’s drive from the CBD.
Kellybrook is revered for their great cider festival and that is why the locals know their way to esteemed estate. Perhaps Kellybrook is known more for its cider than its wines, and they offer a great Estate Cider that is made in the champagne method. At Kellybrook patrons can be seen to be enjoying, wine, cider, and even beer as they enjoy their quaffing either at the cellar door or out on the terrace.
Arundel Farm Estate - Yarra Valley
Just along the Calder Freeway about thirty minutes northwest of Melbourne can be found a top notch winery called Arundel Farm. This small boutique winery is establishing itself as a fine producer of quality wines. The Estate is a family run operation and recently the addition of a modern cellar door is attracting wine lovers from the big city and even further afield.