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We’ve Found Melbourne’s Secret Wineries

By Jess Willemse
25th Mar 2019

Wine-lovers, we’ve sussed your dream day of sipping vino and eating cheese. The best part? You don’t need to jump on a plane or drive for hours to get there.  

Only 30 minutes from Melbourne you’ll find some of Victoria's undiscovered wineries, tucked away in the city of Hume. Whether a cheeky sauvignon blanc or hearty pinot noir is your vice, you’ll find that and other exotic blends in this secret wine destination—just take your pick.

Marnong Estate

World-class winery is an understatement for what you’ll find at Marnong Estate. As a newcomer to Hume’s wine scene, the team have lovingly revived the historic homestead, farmlands and vineyards.

Make sure to visit the architectural wonder that is Bankvale Run restaurant (click here for opening hours). The venue features soaring wood paneling and industrial touches, overlooking a panoramic view of the Macedon Ranges. Classic wood-fired pizzas and gourmet burgers are a hit, but we recommend trying a signature steak dish from the stone grill. You’ll enjoy decadent meat cuts like guineas scotch fillet or dry-aged rib eye prepared to perfection.

If an overnighter is on the cards, you can opt to stay in the luxury restored homestead which boasts stylish rooms, contemporary amenities and victorian gardens. They also offer room service from the restaurant and in-room facials or massages—this is the definition of luxury.

Craiglee Vineyard

Craiglee has been run by the Carmody family since the 1970’s—so they know what they’re doing when it comes to wine. The vineyard dates back to the 1800’s and is known for their flavourful shiraz and fresh chardonnay. Get your sip on at their cellar door tastings on the first Sunday of every month and by appointment, with seasonal drinks like rosé sangria making the rounds over summer. The wine aficionados will be pleased to know that you can book a personal tasting with winemaker Pat Carmody, where he’ll tour you through the historic bluestone buildings whilst enjoying some vintage blends.

Arundel Farm Estate

Overlooking the Maribyrnong River Valley sits Arundel Farm, a historic bluestone homestead and winery. Here you can sample a rosé, shiraz or the more exotic viognier (pronounced ‘vee-on-yay’) with notes of citrus, almond and apricot blossom. Make sure to stop by the restaurant for lunch (be sure to check opening hours), where you can kick-back outside for some plane spotting and nosh on a charcuterie platter of meats and cheeses, washed down with a wine tasting selection. For lunch, the menu boasts Italian-style fare including woodfired pizza, homemade gnocchi and pork ragu pappardelle.

Goona Warra Vineyard

One of the regions most historic and picturesque event spaces is Goona Warra Vineyard. The 1860’s bluestone winery and cellar features a great hall with terraced gardens that overlook the jaw-dropping vineyards. Open by appointment only, this is the dream setting for any event, wedding, birthday, party or work function. They also cater events with a choice of menus including cocktail hour, buffet or seated. And if you want to try the food beforehand then pop along to their menu tasting evenings which happen each season. So find your next best excuse to round up everyone you know and book a private dining experience here, stat.

Easily accessible and full of drool-worthy choices, consider your next day trip or mini-break from the city sorted in Hume’s winelands.

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Hume City Council and proudly endorsed by Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

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