Going through these photos of our day out in the Yarra Valley winery region is making me two things: very hungry (just look at the cheese board) and very, very thirsty (look at all of those glasses of wine).
After living in the United States and tasting all of the wonderful wines that come out of California, Washington State etc, I was beginning to forget how good Australian wines really were, especially ones from the Yarra Valley. But as soon as we had our first tastings at Sutherland Estate I was reminded why this region is one of the best in the world: the wines are amazing and the scenery is just as perfect.
About a 45 minute drive from Melbourne CBD, the Yarra Valley is a cool climate region (it’s hardly cold, but cold-ish for Australia!) and boasts over 70 different vineyards and wineries… that’s a lot of wine.
We visited four wineries: Sutherland Estate (amazing view & great range of wines), Shantell Vineyards (gorgeous winery, the restaurant looks amazing), Mandala (they’ve named one of their wines “Black Lab” after a late black labrador = cute!) & Sticks Wineries (oh.. the buttery, oaky Chardonnay (2010 No. 29) and the cheese platter… need I say more). It was the perfect way to spend some time with my sister (pictured with me below) after being apart for almost a year.