Escape from the busy city life to scenic wine country, only a short drive from Melbourne's CBD. Take your pick of five diverse wine regions that offer special blends unique to their climates. Pair your selections with local delicacies at farm to table feasts. Raise your glass and tuck into fresh local meats, craft cheeses and fresh gourmet produce.
Chardonnay, shiraz, and pinot noir varieties dominate the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, Geelong, Sunbury, and Macedon wine regions just outside of Melbourne. Though made of similar grapes, the unique climates and geographical features of each region combine to create unique wines as distinct as the wineries that produce them. Hit the road and taste the difference in tone from surf coast to volcanic plain, lush valley to hinterland.
Alongside the enticing array of gourmet food and local wines, the wine regions surrounding Melbourne are a scenic wonder unto themselves. So break up your trip by stopping off at quaint villages and seaside towns, farm gates, craft breweries and national parks as you go.