Gumboot Season in the Yarra Valley

By Kara Hood, Cellar Door Manager |

Yes, the sunshine might be hiding behind the clouds, and the vibrant colours of Autumn have faded, but Winter is still a great time to visit the Yarra Valley... you just have to look at it from a different angle to see the many possibilities of a great weekend in the Valley.

Apart from being a great excuse to light the open fire, cook comfort food and drink wine (as if we needed one), Winter also means that the mornings are crisp and beautiful with fog finding it’s way through the hills, and the crowds and traffic are a little thinner.  

As a local and born and bred in the Valley I tend to think that there is no such thing as bad weather… there is only bad preparation. A warm coat, hat and gumboots are all you need for an adventure.

In July every year the wineries of the Yarra Valley celebrate 'Gumboot Season' - a month long festival where cheerful and cheeky Winter-themed events are held to celebrate this special time of year.  

It's a truly ‘chill-axed’ festival. With fewer visitors, there is never any hurry, so you will have plenty of time for a natter in Cellar Door (I can talk all day long about wine!) or to enjoy a long lazy lunch where you definitely order the dessert! Visit our website to see all the events, activities and specials we have during Gumboot Season.

At De Bortoli Wines, we encourage our visitors to come wearing their favourite gumboots (or borrow ours) and participate in our vineyard gumboot tour.   

The tour starts with a ‘gumboot dip’ where you dip your boots in a solution to help protect our vines. Then enjoy a self guided stroll around the vineyard to some of the best ‘photo-op’ spots. There are information boards along the trail, which explain what vineyards you’re looking at, as well as an overview on our viticultural practises. Be sure to warm up after your walk with some wine and cheese tasting in our cosy Cellar Door.

...The best of Winter awaits!

What's on this Gumboot Season?

  • Our Gumboot Season lunch will be held on Sunday 16 July, seats are limited so be sure to book! Please click here for more information.
  • We will be featuring a mid week gumboot lunch menu every Monday, Thursday and Friday throughout July at Locale Restaurant. Please click here for more information.
  • Our Gumboot Season vineyard tour is self guided and runs daily throughout July. Please click here for more information.
  • Those wearing their own gumboots throughout Gumboot Season will receive 15% off wine purchases at Cellar Door. Please click here for more information.



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