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5 Best Wine Tastings In The Yarra Valley

5 Best Wine Tastings In The Yarra Valley

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Updated: 30 September 2016
Melbourne isn’t short on wine bars offering anything from exclusive wine tastings and food pairings to master classes, but if you are looking to get away from it all, to explore and learn about the wines right where they are produced in a more budget-friendly way, the Yarra Valley presents a relaxing and distinguished wine experience.

Soumah prides itself on its location. Not only does the Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley provide a cool climate, where the Northern Italian varietals on display flourish, but it also builds up anticipation as it is quite the hidden gem, unlike most other wineries in the region. The search for this petite vinery was well worth it, as its charming and warm cellar doors in combination with its knowledgeable and inviting sommelier created a unique wining experience. Try their Skye Blox 2013 Cabernet Sauvignon or choose a glass of Single Vineyard Chardonnay, which pairs beautifully with a cheese plate, effectively eliminating the initial 5$ tasting fee.

Opening Hours: Mon – Fri: 11:00am – 4:00pm, Sat – Sun: 10:00am – 5:00pm

Price for wine tasting: 5$


Sticks boasts a great variety of wines on taste and hosts an equally impressive contemporary décor. From the creatively engineered wine display to the hand written winemaking techniques on a chalkboard, every detail of Sticks décor is carefully thought out and beautifully executed. The two for one specials are a steal and if it couldn’t get any better, the wine tasting is free regardless if you purchase something or not!

Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm Thursday to Monday or by appointment.

Price for wine tasting: Free

How to make wine at Sticks | ©Herta Nune
How to make wine at Sticks | ©Herta Nune

Maddens Rise

Maddens Rise surely gets your attention. In the surrounding vast space the exterior of the quirky, yet contemporary cellar doors instantly strikes your curiosity. The lengthy communal table stretching towards both ends of the room creates an opportunity to chat with fellow wine enthusiast about their experiences. The wine tasting is generous in portion offering contrasting profiles of new and reserve wines. Tasting the two wines next to each other was a unique experience. The reserve wines come with a higher price tag ranging between $40-50, however the complexity and flavor profiles found in Maddens Rise reserve wines are definitely worth the splurge!

Opening hours: Friday to Monday 11am – 5pm, or by appointment.

Price for wine tasting: Free

Sticks | ©Herta Nune
Sticks | ©Herta Nune

Domaine Chandon

The first notable difference between Domaine Chandon and other establishments is its size. The sheer grandness of the building definitely sparks curiosity. Upon entering, the first thing you encounter are the countless rows of wine bottles for sale. Unlike other wineries, Domaine Chandon also has a large selection of Champagne. A small set of stairs leads to the grand main tasting room boasting high ceilings and a semicircular bar serving a mix of red, white and sparkling wines.

Opening hours: 10.30am to 4.30pm daily

Price for wine tasting: $5

Wild Cattle Creek

The Wild Cattle Creek winery is another great establishment in the Yarra Valley. It feels rather medium sized as it’s not quite as big at Domain Chandon, nor as petite as most cellar doors. With an old charm, picturesque surroundings and size, it’s no wondering this establishment is a popular wedding and celebrations venue. The L-shaped rustic bar offers a versatile selection of wines to keep the taste buds happy and the wallet even happier as the tasting is free of charge.

Opening hours: 11: 00am to 23:30pm daily

Price for wine tasting: Free