From Yarra Valley to the Pinot Coast, these are the 16 top wineries in Victoria

Discover some of Victoria’s beloved cellars, where winemakers have taken advantage of diverse climates and soil types to craft elegant wines that authentically reflect the region’s natural wonders.

There’s no question about it: Australians love a bevvie. 

It’s an inherent part of Aussie culture to kick back with mates over a sundowner and, if recent years have taught us anything, it’s that we’re likely doing it over a delicious glass of homegrown red wine. 

And wineries in Victoria – one of the country’s oldest winemaking regions – are doing the vine justice by dominating global wine awards yearly. The region’s cool climate means that winemakers get to take it slow with their art, letting the berry ripen over a longer period, resulting in the trademark crispness of the region’s wines that’ll revitalise and refresh you on scorching summer days. 

In light of one being unable to sample every cellar door in Victoria (and, in turn, experiencing one of the worst hangovers you’ll ever have), we’ve picked our top wineries to visit in the Yarra Valley, Sunbury, Macedon Ranges, and Pinot Coast regions. 

And if you’re an eligible Westpac cardholder, you’ll have an entire team of dining experts to secure your spot at even the most sought-after tastings and winery lunches – or even organise an epic, no-holds-barred wine crawl across the region/s of your choice. 

Top wineries in Victoria: exploring the Yarra Valley region

Best for: light-bodied coolclimate wines to combat even the hottest days 

Yarra Yering 

The recipient of the Best Small Cellar Door award in 2017 and 2020, and the Star Cellar Door award in 2021, Yarra Yering features prominently on wine lists highlighting the region’s must-visit cellar doors. Its portfolio tasting will let you experience all the winery has to offer, including its coveted museum wines that are accessible through an invitation-only membership. 

4 Briarty Road, Gruyere, VIC 3770 

Oakridge wines

Sustainability minded oenophiles will take extra pleasure in Oakridge’s environmentally sensitive viticulture, which uses cover crops, compost teas, and an insectarium that foster a healthy, biodiverse vineyard. Its single-vineyard wines reflect the region’s notoriously cool climate, with chardonnay featuring prominently in its offering. 

864 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC 3770 

Innocent Bystander

Innocent Bystander‘s warehouse-like cellar door has more than enough space for you and your group to spread out and sample the on-tap wines, which are kept in temperature-controlled, 100% recyclable kegs. With the help of the vineyard’s hosts, you can pair your glass with a delicious wood-fired pizza and turn your tasting into dinner. 

316-334 Maroondah Highway, Healesville, VIC 3777 

TarraWarra Estate

TarraWarra Estates subterranean cellar door offers a contemporary, chic spot to experience its shiraz, pinot noir, chardonnay, and other varieties. You can also visit the TarraWarra Museum of Art on the property, which has a storied collection of artworks from Australian artists such as Peter Booth, Kate Beynon, and John Mawurndjul. 

311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen, VIC 3775 

Top winery lunch in the Yarra Valley region: Many Hands Winery

Nothing really compares to pizza and pasta with wine, which is why you’ll find most wineries offering their version of traditional Italian cuisine with your tasting. Many Hands Winery has developed this staple into an art form, with Sicilian-inspired pizza and pasta that feels like eating at nonna’s kitchen table. The two-course set menu, reflecting some of the Yarra Valley’s premier produce, is a great way to sample its fare. 

2 Maxwells Road, Coldstream, VIC 3770 

Top wineries in Victoria: exploring the Sunbury region

Best for: gracefully aged shiraz, viognier, and chardonnay 

Craiglee vineyard

If you’re looking to taste wines emblematic of Sunbury, look no further than Craiglee vineyard. 
Craiglee Vineyard. Its terroir, ideal for growing cool-climate wines, has been cultivating shiraz since the late 1800s, and you can sample this historical variety at the cellar door on the first Sunday of every month. 

785 Sunbury Road, Sunbury, VIC 3429 

Arundel Farm Estate

Drive a mere 20 minutes from bustling Melbourne and you’ll find yourself immersed in Arundel Farm Estate‘s old-world charm, which radiates throughout its more than 300 acres. Shiraz and viognier are the stars here, with the latter having rich and elegant notes of apricot, melon, and spice that bring summer to mind. 

321 Arundel Road, Keilor, VIC 3036 

Top winery lunch in the Sunbury region: Arundel Farm Estate

A blend of traditional and contemporary Italian recipes makes up Arundel Farm Estate's mouthwatering menu, which you can enjoy in a laid-back yet elegant farm-style locale.

Crafted from seasonal ingredients by chefs trained in Australia, Italy, and London, your meal can begin with a complimentary predinner wine tasting that beautifully complements the restaurant’s dishes.

Andraos Bros winery

There’s nothing quite like a crisp chardonnay or semillon to cool you down from the oft-impenetrable Aussie heat, and Andraos Bros winery Andraos Bros Winery produces these award-winning wines and more for you to savour. Make sure to take note of the historical bluestone brick of the original 1800s cellar – carefully restored and now part of the cellar door. 

160 Vineyard Road, Sunbury, VIC 3429 

Witchmount estate

Settle outside at intimate 15-acre vineyard Witchmount estate – established in 1991 – for picturesque views of the lake while sipping on fruity pinot gris or sauvignon blanc. This relatively new kid on the block produced the best shiraz in the world, Witchmount 2004 Estate Shiraz, as judged at the 2008 Syrah du Monde wine competition – and it’s well worth  try. 

557 Leakes Road, Bonnie Brook, VIC 3335 

Top wineries in Victoria: exploring the Macedon Ranges region

Best for: delicate sparkling wines full of crisp summer bubbles 

Top winery lunch in the Macedon Ranges region: Mount Macedon Winery

If you’re looking for hearty, filling meals packed with fresh, seasonal ingredients, Mount Macedon Winery's two- or three-course menus are sure to hit the spot.

With plenty of vegetarian and gluten-free options to choose from, this is a great place to bring your entire posse to try elevated farm-style dishes such as miso-baked pumpkin, wild rabbit, and even decadent, creamy desserts.

433 Bawden Road, Mount Macedon, VIC 3441

Zig Zag Rd. winery

This family-owned vineyard may only have been acquired in 2018, but its Estate Sparkling Shiraz is an exceptional take on the region’s sparkling wines – picked exclusively from 50-year-old vines and made in small batches. Zig Zag winery Zig Zag Rd. winery tastings are complimentary and will introduce you to the vineyard’s particular brand of complexity and approachability. 

201 Zig Zag Road, Drummond North, VIC 3446 

Hanging Rock Winery & Vineyard

Grab a glass of Hanging Rock Winery & Vineyard’s crisp chardonnay or sangiovese rosé and wander around its outdoor sculpture exhibition, which features an exceptional selection of local and international artists. Add to your experience by building your own cheese platter, which can include vintage cheeses, charcuterie, and local fruits, from the cellar-door fridge. 

88 Jim Road, Newham, VIC 3442 

Gisborne Peak Winery

What you see is what you get at Gisborne Peak Winery – a laid-back cellar door that’s focused on letting you discover your new favourite wine in good company. With a philosophy of ‘there’s a wine for everyone’, owners Bob and Barbara will love introducing you to their favourite varieties and the history of the vineyard. 

69 Short Road, Gisborne, VIC 3437 

Hunter-Gatherer winery

Hunter-Gatherer winery‘s hands-off approach to winemaking allows the vineyard’s terroir to speak through its handcrafted, small-batch wines. In the summer you can picnic against a backdrop of sweeping views of the Pastoria Valley, while in winter there’s plenty of space for cosying up next to the roaring fireplace with a glass of malbec or pét-nat. 

362 Pipers Creek-Pastoria Road, Pipers Creek, VIC 3444 

Top wineries in Victoria: exploring the Pinot Coast region

Best for: pairing the country’s premier pinot noir with delectable seafood dishes 

Ten Minutes by Tractor

Literally resurrected from the ashes of an all-consuming fire in 2018, Ten Minutes by Tractor has produced some of the finest single-vineyard pinot noirs and chardonnays in the region, winning Australia’s Wine List of The Year Awards’ Best List of Wines by the Glass award for 2022. Tastings are by booking only, so make sure to snag your spot well in advance. 

1333 Mornington-Flinders Road, Main Ridge, VIC 3928 

Top winery lunch in the Pinot Coast region: Ten Minutes by Tractor

Sitting at the higher end of winery lunch offerings in Victoria, Ten Minutes by Tractor's restaurant is an extension of its cellar door, pairing the finest seasonal ingredients from all over the Mornington Peninsula with award-winning wines.

Its five- and seven-course tasting menus will set you back more pineapples than other winery lunches, but it'll be worth it when you’ve feasted on a plate of the country’s best seafood, including Dromana Bay mussels, Oscietra caviar, and Fraser Isle spanner crab.

Crittenden Estate

Ideal for a wine-tasting date, Crittenden Estate will seat you at a private table so you can take the tasting at your own pace. With eight different wines to experience, as well as supplementary add-on tastings of its premium estate wines, you can while away an afternoon discovering the winery’s signature varieties and surprising Spanish tempranillo and Italian sangiovese offerings. 

25 Harrisons Road, Dromana, VIC 3936 

Polperro winery

Polperro‘s sustainable approach to winemaking puts the vine first, guaranteeing that you’ll be able to taste organically produced wines that are true to the Mornington Peninsula’s cool maritime climate. 

Its Estate Pinot Gris offers a fruity and nutty taste with well-balanced acidity for a burst of summertime freshness. 

150 Red Hill Road, Red Hill, VIC 3937 

Panton vineyards

Having turned their family home into a boutique vineyard growing pinot noir, pinot gris, and sangiovese, Panton Vineyard Panton’s cellar-door experience feels like coming home – with the added benefit of premium wines grown right on your doorstep. The laid-back tastings showcase the produce of Stonier wines and Quealy Winemakers, which you can pair with a sumptuous local produce platter. 

11 Shoreham Road, Shoreham, VIC 3916