Picturesque wineries where a wine tasting turns into a long lunch may be exactly what comes to mind when you think of the Yarra Valley. But as always, when it comes to Melbourne you should always expect more than meets the eye.
Melbourne’s Yarra Valley region is brimming with some of Australia top producers when it comes to wine, cheese, artisan bread and more. So whether you’re planning a summer day trip with your mates or you’re in the mood to spontaneously hit the road, if the Yarra Valley’s your destination, there’s no chance you’ll be disappointed… or hungry. Check out our guide for five new places to check out in the Yarra Valley this summer.
Johnny di Francesco’s Gradi Group empire has quite literally taken over the world, one authentic Neapolitan pizza at a time. And now you’re officially able to get your hands on the award-winning pizza at Rochford Estate.
At 400 Gradi Yarra Valley you can expect Gradi cult favourites including antipasti, world-famous pizzas, mains, cured meats and desserts. For drinks, you can select a Rochford drop (among others) from the brimming wines menu.
Located in a converted warehouse, this multi-faceted restaurant may be considered the new kid on the block (especially in the company of Four Pillars Gin Distillery), but that doesn’t mean you aren’t in extremely competent hands.
No.7 Healesville is brought to us by the team from Stones Of The Yarra Valley and Meletos, with the state-of-the-art communal urban winery, restaurant, and event space being dedicated to community, seasonality and next-level food and wine pairings. If live music’s your jam, make sure you book in for a Friday night session for bands by the barrels.
Eating and drinking your way through the Yarra Valley isn’t the worst way to explore the region, but there’s no reason you shouldn’t hunt for some vintage threads along the way.
Whether you’re looking for a new tee, a denim on denim kit or some vintage designer pieces, Sloppy Seconds has all of your recycled clothing needs sorted.
Habituel absolutely sits atop the list when it comes to the Yarra Valley’s finest artisan bread makers and coffee roasters.
Every day they’ve got a selection of freshly baked organic bread, pastries like croissants and muffins, as well as baguette-style sandwiches made with love. Make sure you rock up hungry, because there’s a huge chance you’ll to sample one of everything.
Our pro tip? Grab an outdoor seat by Maroondah Highway to enjoy the fresh Yarra Valley air.
Generally you'll find yourself around Yarra Glen getting stuck into some delicious summery wines, but if you head into town you'll find a new restaurant set in the former bank of Australiasia.
Serving up brunch and dinner, Heartswood features delicious dishes such as son in law eggs, or the 'obligatory avocado dish' for brunch, with larger items such as smoked eel lasagne, or glazed pork neck for dinner.
Bianchet Winery is one of the region’s oldest vineyards, oozing with charm and quaintness all at once. Flavour and thoughtful ingredients are on the menu at Bianchet Winery and whether you’re looking for something relaxed (check out their Pizzeria and Bar), or a little fine dining, they’ve got you covered.
Their Fable Dining Room offers an a la carte menu as well as a chef’s tasting menu. Don’t forget to check out their wine menu where you can expect to find the region’s newest and most exciting wines listed.
Other spots worth checking out:
- Mary Eats Cake | Montrose
- Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery | Yarra Glen
- Zonzo Estate | Yarra Glen
- The Stables At Stones | Coldstream
- Coldstream Brewery | Coldstream
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