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Yarra Valley and the Dandenong Ranges

For more than a century, this region has been one of Melbourne’s favourite retreats. Today, the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges is renowned for its boutique accommodation. Where better to escape from the bustle of life?

For those looking for a romantic getaway, retreat to the Dandenong Ranges. Hidden amongst the hills are B&Bs, garden-fringed guesthouses and self-contained cottages offering spa baths, open fires and panoramic views of city lights, and lush forests and valleys.

 

Hide away in the Yarra Valley in an elegantly restored B&B, luxury cottage or five-star hotel, including the famous Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel or Sebel Lodge at Yarra Valley. There's pleny of Yarra Valley accommodation to choose from

 

Yarra Valley Wineries

The Yarra Valley is recognised as one of the world’s prime grape-growing regions. It is home to Victoria’s earliest vineyards - the very first vines being planted at Yering Station in 1838.

 

While the nation's largest wine companies have holdings in the Yarra Valley, many with showpiece visitor centres, you'll also discover rustic family owned cellar doors, offering an equally rewarding experience

 

The climate is cool. Frost is a problem as are strong cold winds. The region gets a lot of rain, but not sufficient just prior to harvest in March necessitating some irrigation.

Red varieties planted include Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Pinot Noir and Shiraz. White varieties include Chardonnay, Gewurztraminer, Semillon, Marsanne, Riesling and a rare planting of Verduzzo, an Italian variety.

The one hour drive time from Melbourne, the many cellar doors, historical interest, beauty and culinary reputation attract thousands of Melburnians and others each year. Major events include the Grape Grazing Festival and Jazz in the Vines both held in March.

 

For more information on Yarra Valley Wineries - go to Melbourne and Surrounds