Lush greenery and rolling hills dotted with twisting vines create a picturesque backdrop for sipping some of Yarra Valley’s finest wines. Rochford Wines, located just an hour’s drive from Melbourne, offers first-class vino, a top-notch culinary experience and panoramic views of the iconic Great Dividing Ranges. Meander through the winery’s sprawling vistas to visit the on-site art gallery and retail shop. Try a tasting from Rochford’s cellar door or dine at the winery’s award-winning restaurant Isabella’s at Rochford.
An oasis of natural beauty located in the heart of Victoria’s wine country, Rochford is known for hosting a range of events, concerts and functions. The winery boasts activities to suit all tastes— from hot air ballooning and segway tours to wine and cheese pairings.
Rochford Wines is located an hour’s drive from Melbourne at 878880 Maroondah Highway in the Yarra Valley. The winery is open daily: cellar door tastings are available from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Isabella’s at Rochford restaurant serves Monday through Friday and Sunday from 9 a.m. 5 p.m., while Saturday hours run from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. While admission to the winery is free, the cost of functions and events, as well as activities on offer, may vary.
Address: 878880 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream VIC 3770, Australia
Need a break from nonstop wine tasting in Victoria’s Yarra Valley? Decadent desserts, creamy fondue and rich ice cream are waiting for you at Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery. The scent of fresh chocolate alone is a treat, and here visitors can watch master European chocolatiers create edible masterpieces.
This shop is sure to satisfy the whole family with more than 250 chocolate products and free tastings. Devour sweet snacks or order from the café menu for breakfast or a light lunch. Once you’ve finishing indulging, work off those treats with a wander through the nearby gardens and wetlands conservation area.
The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery is found an hour’s drive outside of Melbourne at 35 Old Healesville Road, just off Melba Highway. It is open daily from 9 a.m.5 p.m. and admission is free.
Address: 35 Old Healesville Road, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia
Hours: Open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Closed Christmas Day.