Local Escapes

Day Trippin’ | 5 Local Vineyard Escapes To Tackle This Summer

By Jess Willemse
1st Nov 2019

Fact: booze, cheese and views are the best way to spend a balmy day in Melbourne. Lucky for us, Victoria is a haven for epic, wine-fuelled excursions all within easy access of the bustling city. Head around the coast to the Mornington Peninsula or further inland to Yarra Valley—there’s no shortage of delicious drops here. So, to celebrate, we’ve teamed up with Scoopon to bring you our picks for a dreamy day-trip deal this season. The best part? You can bribe your designated driver with the mouth-watering eats on offer at each of these vineyards. 

Down Cheese And Wine 

Mornington Peninsula 

For a short but stunning escape from the CBD, look no further than Blue Range Estate. Nestled among the picturesque countryside of the Mornington Peninsula wine region, this family-run vineyard boasts panoramic views of Port Phillip Bay and a suitably stellar line-up of wines to match. 

Dive right into your favourite bottle of vino with a Cellar Door Experience at up to 56 per cent off. You’ll also be treated to not one but two grazing boards. Think cheese, crackers, meats, quince paste and pickled vegetables—seriously, what’s not to love?

Plus, should you wish to make this an overnighter, we recommend splashing out with a stay at the on-site luxury villa or for something a bit different, try their glamping experience. It's an unforgettable experience positioned smack bang in the middle of the vineyard. Either way, we can guarantee epic sunset views over Port Phillip Bay.  

Devour Nature-Inspired Eats

Dandenong Ranges  

Swap the city for sweeping views and stunning mountains at the Dandenong Ranges, just an hour outside of central Melbourne. Known for mystical forests and storybook villages, we suggest exploring en-route to your lunch destination in Olinda, aptly named the Forest Lounge. 

A newcomer to the foodie scene, Forest Lounge (previously Copperfields Restaurant) is all about seasonal produce and flavours inspired by the region. Their menu reflects this ethos and is divided into five sections including ‘flora’ and ‘fauna.’ Our stand-out dishes are both the fresh Brett’s oysters with raspberry shallot vinaigrette and the irresistible croissant bread and butter pudding (*drools*). 

But that’s just the beginning. Nab your lunch (and wine) at up to 60 per cent off and book in at the Forest Lounge to find out what other delicious surprises await. 

Vineyard Day Trips Melbourne

Picnic In An Apple Orchard 

Daylesford 

For a memorable date, forgo the typical night at the movies for something a little more romantic. Turn up at beats and blast your way up the M79 to Daylesford, where you’ll find Daylesford Cider Company, a quaint, cosy estate producing premium craft ciders.  

Swing by their English Tavern-style cellar door for a tasting and grazing experience at up to 63 per cent off—it’ll be sure to satisfy. Should you want to level-up the romance, we recommend opting for the picnic lunch in the apple orchard instead (bonus, it’s also up to 50 per cent off here). Here, you’ll be treated to some limited-edition brews, a gourmet picnic hamper and blankets—cue the perfect couple ‘Gram. 

Long Lunch In A Vineyard 

Yarra Valley 

Taste what the Yarra Valley has to offer and school yourself in all things wine with a luxury long lunch and guided wine tour at Immerse Winery. This picture-perfect vineyard offers stunning scenery and premium drops—making it a must-do day trip from Melbourne. 

For just $89, you’ll enjoy a guided wine tasting experience and a two-course lunch for two at their elegant restaurant. Start with and a glass of vino and your choice of entrée—we’re keen on the Asian-inspired crispy BBQ pork belly with sweet and sour sauce. Next, opt for a moreish main like macadamia and sourdough crusted barramundi fillet with a Shiraz reduction or a hearty Reuben sandwich starring silverside, Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and jalapeno relish. Our advice? Wear stretchy pants. 

Chill Out With A Guided Wine Tour 

Mornington Peninsula 

No need to negotiate who will be the sober driver here because this day trip comes with all the essentials—cheese, wine and transport. Chillout Wine Tours serves up a day of exploring the Mornington Peninsula and sampling drops from four premium vineyards (sign us up!). 

On the tour, you’ll also be treated to an indulgent shared lunch at Red Hare Winery in their modern, sun-drenched dining room overlooking the vineyard. Pile your plate high with menu stand-outs like the roast pumpkin with pomegranate, chargrilled tuna or lamb rump with eggplant and hummus.

Call up your bestie and book in for two or rally your crew and book out the whole tour for a special occasion. Whichever way you go, you’ll nab 32 per cent off and a whole lot of wine. Now that’s our kind of day trip. 

Get ready to score some epic day-trip deals thanks to our mates at Scoopon. From luxury dining through to elegant wine tasting, they're serving up to 70 per cent off at some of the best vineyards in Melbourne. Snag your discount here. 

Editor’s note: This article is sponsored by Scoopon and proudly endorsed by The Urban List. To find out more about who we work with and why read our editorial policy here.

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