Early Summer is a delight in the Yarra Valley. The Spring storms have usually abated, leaving warm nights and beautiful sunny days. The Valley is still a luscious green, with grapevines abundant in fruit ready to be picked in the upcoming harvest. If this picture isn’t enough to get you to the Yarra Valley, our Cellar Door Manager Kara Hood has put together her favourite places to visit in the Yarra Valley during Summer.
1. Twilight picnic-ing
This is the perfect time of year for twilight picnics. A few of my favourite spots are Donnelly’s Weir, at the start of the Bicentennial National Trail, Badger Creek Weir in Healesville and the park at Yarra Glen is a great spot to take the kids. The De Bortoli picnic grounds have the best view and is the perfect spot for a relaxing drink or two! If you are visiting on a Saturday, why not stay for dinner at our award winning Locale Restaurant. Our Head Chef Adam Mead has created a fantastic Summer menu!
2. Live music and events
Some wineries are open a little later and offer twilight events for the public. Yarrawood Estate puts on a great night with live music, platters of food and lashings of Yarra Valley wine. For something a little bit different, check out the events at Kellybrook, Seville Hill and Paynes Rise. The Hotels in Yarra Glen, Healesville and Toolangi often have live music and are popular spots for both locals and visitors. The ‘Day on the Green’ concerts at Rochford are held throughout late Spring and into Summer and are always a great day out.
3. A chance to get active!
If you’re feeling energetic, the Warburton Rail Trail is a great physical challenge with lots of beautiful scenery. Following the trail, you’ll make your way from Lilydale to Warburton with plenty of little towns to explore along the way. My favourite coffee spots are the Carriage Cafe in Seville, Red Relish Cafe in Yarra Junction and the Three Sugars in Warburton. Stop off at Killara Estate, Whispering Hills and Seville Estate… it’s definitely worth the trek!!
4. Markets galore
The weekends are filled with various food, craft and ‘trash and treasure’ markets in Healesville, Yarra Glen and along the upper Warburton Highway. There are also a few great antique shops to snoop around. For more information on markets in the Yarra Valley click here.
5. More than just wines
Break up a day at the wineries by visiting the Four Pillars Gin distillery, or any of the other various breweries and distilleries in the region. Don’t forget the produce! The Yarra Valley Dairy is a great stop, especially with the family. And our own Cheese Shop at De Bortoli Wines is worth a visit and taste test. Fancy some tea and scones? Enjoy High Tea at Melba Estate at Coombe.
All in all, the Yarra Valley is a hub of activity throughout the Summer with plenty to see and do. Hope to see you out here soon!