MELBOURNE VINES TOUR

Visit three wineries and enjoy three hosted wine tasting sessions at Melbourne’s hidden Vineyards.

Melbourne, renowned for its vibrant culture and urban charm, also boasts a surprising connection to the world of viticulture through its nearby vineyards. Just a leisurely drive away from the bustling cityscape, the Melbourne vineyards offer a serene escape into the picturesque landscapes of rolling hills and lush valleys. These vineyards are not only a testament to the region’s microclimates and rich soil diversity but also a testament to the artistry of winemaking. With a focus on producing high-quality wines, many of these vineyards offer immersive wine-tasting experiences, guided tours through the vine rows, and insight into the meticulous processes that transform plump grapes into exquisite wines. Whether one seeks the bold flavors of Shiraz or the delicate nuances of Chardonnay, Melbourne’s vineyards provide a delightful journey for both wine enthusiasts and those seeking to revel in the tranquility of the countryside.

Relax and enjoy a day touring the vineyards, with the whole experience taken care of with one of our knowledgeable local hosts and drivers.

 

Visit the north-west with us to discover the hidden vineyards at the doorstep of Melbourne’s CBD. Here’s some of the vineyards we typically visit:

 

Arundel Farm Estate

20 acres of vineyard situated on both northern and southern slopes of the property, consisting of 16 acres of shiraz and 4 acres of viognier with a splash of Marsanne and Sauvignon blanc mixed in. Their unique soils are the backbone of the property consisting of ‘basaltic’ derived clay topsoil with underlying chalky limestone (perfectly suited for shiraz and viognier). The steep Southern slope is where the original 2-acre plantings of shiraz (1984) are terraced into the top of the hill overlooking the Maribyrnong river. This is the cooler side of the property and shows off cooler characters with white pepper, chalky tannins and a subtler depth of flavours. The Northern slope consists of the other 14 acres of shiraz and 4 acres of densely planted viognier. This is the warmer side of the property and likes to show off its black pepper, spice and supple tannins.

Russo Estate Winery 

Russo Estate is family-owned and operated by the Russo Family, its stunning estate and vineyard were designed and established by the family in 1999. Set upon the beautiful fields of country grass, wetlands, and mountains, the winery was built to satisfy modern elegance with a rustic feel yet still ensuring guests receive a welcome home feeling. The vineyard itself makes for the most beautiful backdrop from any angle while dining at our a la carte restaurant or event, creating magical moments. Russo Estate is situated just forty minutes from the Melbourne CBD although when you are here it feels like you are at a home away from home with nature and wildlife surrounding the entire estate.

Marnong Estate  

Planting and orientation of rows have been carefully considered at Marnong Estate to best utilise its cool climate, the 300m elevation and the rainfall exposure on the north-facing slopes to produce high-quality wines. Soil was first turned on the vineyard in 2016 with Shiraz, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris, and Pinot Noir planted on the north-facing slopes of the estate. Vines now cover 16ha of the property with the exciting additions of Italian grape varieties Fiano and Montepulciano in 2017, and Sangiovese and Malbec in 2021. With a strong focus on sustainability and protecting the rich history of the homestead and its importance to the Sunbury Wine Region. Sample their wines at the cellar door or enjoy a meal in one of  the dining areas while soaking up sensational views across the Macedon Ranges.

Witchmount Estate Winery

Born from a dream of an Italian migrant in 1991, Witchmount Winery now produces award winning wines that are exported internationally. Part of the Sunbury wine region and only thirty minutes drive from Melbourne’s CBD, Witchmount is one of the closest wineries to Melbourne. Some of the finest wines over 12 hectares of under vine they grow Shiraz , Cabernet, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, and Sauvignon Blanc. The Witchmount team have spent many hours in the vineyard and winery in order to produce the finest wines possible. They put their heart and souls into the one chance a year and have been rewarded with a multitude of trophies and awards from all over Australia and the world.

Andraos Brothers Winery 

Olde Winilba was the first vineyard established in the Sunbury region in the early 1860’s. The gentle eastern slope and the rich volcanic soil produced wines which won awards both in Australia and overseas. Winilba winery was given a new lease on life when the Andraos family replanted the vineyard; and relying on old photographs, restored the old bluestone cellar to its origional beauty. In fact, the original bluestone walls, brick floors and old winemaking vats are a feature in the sales and wine tasting area. Today, driving along Vineyard Road, you will see the historical bluestone building standing proudly amongst acres of vines, that continue to produce award-winning wines possessing the special qualities distinctive to the region.

 

 

The Melbourne Vines Tour includes:

  • A visit to three vineyards
  • A wine tasting at each venue
  • Pick up & drop off from selected areas
  • An experienced local guide and driver

Tour pricing starts from $129pp

Upgrade your experience with a gourmet lunch showcasing the regions best local produce for an additional $30pp

Please note that venues may change due to availability. Food is available at each venue.

Our tours runs from approximately 10.30am – 4.30pm.

 

Want more details? Keen to create your own personal itinerary? Contact us, we’re always happy to have a chat.

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