Family-owned and run, these unassuming wineries offer a very different experience and it’s not uncommon for the smile who greets you at the door to be that of the winemaker or vigneron whose creation you are about to savour. Only at these smaller wineries can casual visitors get such a personal insight into the vintage - its challenges, nuances and accomplishments.
Over the years, the reputation and popularity of the Yarra Valley has grown deservedly. Determined not to be overshadowed, a group of smaller wineries banded together a number of years ago to create the Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries Association – a not-for-profit group whose combined range extends to a number of different styles, from the handcrafted Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet, and Shiraz for which the Yarra Valley is celebrated, to other styles such as Sparkling, Rose and Fortified wines.
All the wineries in the group are open on weekends and public holidays with some open 7 days.
They are host to or support various events throughout the year including the group’s ‘Shortest Lunch’ held in June and 'Shedfest' in October, held over the year’s shortest weekends.
Through these events, the group has pledged enormous from the events, contributing over $85,000 to local community groups including the CFA, Schools and local Clubs.
So get in your car with the spirit of discovery, grab a map and explore some of the quieter yet highly rewarding wineries in the Yarra Valley – you’re in for a pleasant surprise.