Yarra Valley Tourism & Travel
Yarra Valley Australia
Situated an hour some 50 km, or so by car from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is Victoria's oldest wine region.
Yarra Valley - History
The Ryie brothers became the first settlers at Yarra Valley when they drove their cattle to the Yarra Flats in 1837; then in 1838, the brothers planted the first vines in 1838 at what became known as Chateau Yering. More pioneering families started vineyards, businesses and farms and in 1888 the railroad reached Yarra Flats and timber became another major industry in the area. In 1889, Guillame de Pury entered wine from his Yering Vineyard in the Paris Exhibition and won a Grand Prix - the only wine from the Southern Hemisphere to do so. By 1892 there was 1000 acres under the vine in the Yarra Valley. In the early part of the 20th century the cool climate wines of the Yarra Valley lost favour to the port and sherry type wines and commercial production of Yarra Valley wine ceased until resurgence in the 1960's.
Yarra Valley - Wineries
Cool climate wines are produced in the Yarra Valley; sparkling wines in partnership with authentic French Champagne houses; world class Cabernet Sauvignon, fine Chardonnay; Shiraz and complex Pinot Noir. In the 1960s replanting vines in the Yarra Valley began in earnest. Wantirna Estate, Fergusson, Yarra Yering, Mount Mary, Warramate, Seville Estate, Yarra Burn and Chateau Yeringa were established; the original Yeringberg and St Huberts were re-established in the Yarra Valley by 1975. By 1990 the area of plantings in the Yarra Valley was greater than in 1890. Today more than 80 wineries and cellar doors are available to sample in the Yarra Valley and the Yarra Valle Shedfest, held annually in October is an opportunity to sample the produce of smaller Yarra Valley wineries.
Yarra Valley - Attractions
Canoeing is an excellent way to explore the Yarra Valley River as it wends its way though the Yarra Valley as is ballooning; the Yarra Valley Farmers' Market is held on the third Sunday of the month; historic Gulf Station, a national Trust-classified farm dating back to the 1850s is a couple of km north of Yarra Glen. Tarrawarra Museum of Art was designed by architect Allan Powell and displays a collection of modern Australian art dating from the 1950s. Warrandyte State Park: is 24km north east of central Melbourne alongside the Yarra River.
Upper Yarra Valley - Warburton
Situated on the Yarra River, east of Lilydale and nestled twixt heavily forested mountains, Warburton is on the road to Mount Donna Buang, some 20 minutes drive away.
Upper Yarra Valley Warburton - History
As the Yarra River flows east towards Warburton, the Yarra Valley narrows and the Yarra Ranges begin to dominate the scenery. In 19th century Warburton was a popular health retreat with city folk coming to Warburton to enjoy the fresh mountain air, which was believed to be particularly beneficial for TB sufferers.