Victoria’s first vineyard, Yering Station, is located in the ‘heart’ of the Yarra Valley only one hours drive from Melbourne. As a family-owned winery, Yering Station has been recognised for its commitment to excellence, recently being inducted into the Australian Tourism Awards ‘Hall of Fame’ for Best Tourism Winery, 2005.
Yering Station is renowned for producing award-winning wines of world-class quality and distinction. Now led by Winemaker Willy Lunn, Yering Station was honoured with the prestigious `Winemaker of the Year’ at the International Wine and Spirit Competition in London, 2004.
Set in a stunning location with breathtaking views, beautifully kept gardens and dramatic architecture, Yering Station aims to offer a holistic wine and food experience.
Learn about wine through tastings with our approachable cellar door staff, dine in the Wine Bar Restaurant or Matt’s Bar, enjoy our dynamic art program, sample regional delicacies in the Produce Store or monthly Farmers’ Market and immerse yourself in the rich history of the property. We look forward to welcoming you soon!
Set in the historical winery building (circa 1859), our Cellar Door encapsulates the synergy between wine, food, knowledge and sensory experience.
The Tasting Bar allows visitors to experience our fantastic range of wines with the support and skill of our knowledgeable and passionate young team. Yering Station produces fifteen styles of wine under six distinctive wine labels.
In alignment with the International Wine Judging System, wines are considered in terms of colour, nose and palate. The educational nature of our tastings encourages visitors to learn the language of wine in a relaxed environment creating a memorable experience for the many who visit our Cellar Door. Private Educational tasting are also available for groups larger than ten. Bookings are essential.
The Cellar Door is open from 10.00am to 5.00pm Monday to Friday and from 10.00am to 6.00pm Saturday, Sunday and Public Holidays.
Closed Christmas day.
Wine Bar Restaurant
The Wine Bar restaurant operates 7 days a week for lunch. Lunch functions are available Monday through Saturday for 16 to 60 guests. With breathtaking views of the surrounding landscapes, your function will be enjoyed by all and remembered forever.
Menu options range from one to three courses, with beverages either included in the set price or selected from the expansive wine list. The Wine Bar Restaurant operates 10am – 5pm daily; serving lunch between 12pm – 3pm with extended hours on the weekend and Public Holidays from 12pm – 4pm. Set within stunning architecture, our signature restaurant overlooks expansive and magnificent views of the Yarra Ranges.
Yering Station’s Head Chef, Laura Webb-James, designs tempting menus making the most of the fresh, seasonal produce available from the region.
The full range of Yering Station wines are featured on the wine list alongside exclusive property releases and a diverse selection of wines from the Rathbone Wine Group stable.
An exclusive list is available featuring older vintages selected by Chief Winemaker, Willy Lunn from Yering Station’s Musuem. Come & enjoy the outdoor terrace and indulge in some fine wine and cheese for this is the perfect place to soak in the spectacular surrounds.
Matt’s Bar & Yarra Valley Farmers Market – Come and visit us each third Sunday of the month for the famous Yering Station farmers market. Local Yarra Valley producers converge on the Historic barn to show and sell a dazzling array of delicious produce.
Once you’ve finished shopping wander up to the peaceful haven that is Matt’s Bar for great coffee and a selection of tasting plates.
Architecture – for lovers of architecture – both historic and modern, Yering Station is a visual feast. The historic barn and cellar door are heritage listed buildings. The modern side of Yering Station is portrayed in the Robert Conti designed Winebar restaurant and winery which housed completely underground.
Yering Station History
Victoria’s first vineyard was planted at Yering Station in 1838. The Scottish-born Ryrie brothers ventured into the Yarra Valley as they moved their cattle south from Sydney. Taking up a grazing license of 43 000 acres, they named the property ‘Yering’, its Aboriginal name.
The Ryrie’s planted two varieties, the Black Cluster of Hamburg and a white grape variety called Sweetwater. During the early 1850’s they returned to Sydney and Paul de Castella took ownership of Yering Station, developing the property from what remained primarily a cattle station into a landmark of winemaking in Victoria.
Paul de Castella arrived in the Yarra Valley after traveling from his home town- the Neuchatel district in Switzerland. Many Swiss settled in the Yarra Valley around this time due to the sympathetic presence of the Victorian Governor’s wife, Sophie La Trobe, who also came from the region. Without them, the story of wine in the Yarra Valley would have been very different.
During the 1850’s Yering Station began to take shape. Paul de Castella extended the vineyards and cultivated the varieties with new cuttings imported from France. The winery was built to accommodate brand new equipment imported from the 1859 Bordeaux Exhibition in Paris. A new house and garden were constructed and an avenue of 330 elms was planted along the driveway to welcome De Castella’s bride.
In 1861 Yering Station won the Argus Gold Cup for the best Victorian vineyard. De Castella advocated for strong communication between vineyard and winery.
For years the Yering Station vineyard was one of the largest in the area and as visitors and holiday makers to the Yarra Valley began to increase, wines from this new region began to make their mark on the world.
In 1889 Yering Station won a Grand Prix at the Universal Exhibition in Paris. Only fourteen such awards were ever granted internationally. The winery received the sole award for a wine produced in the southern hemisphere.
By the early 20th century, the Yarra Valley wine industry was in decline. The phylloxera epidemic had destroyed many Victorian vineyards and although it never reached the Yarra Valley, economic and social factors (such as palate preference) impacted upon cool climate viticulture in Victoria. The Yarra Valley area returned to dairy farming. It was not until the early 1970’s that, in response to the changing cultural demands of the new generation, coupled with the growing success of other Australian regions, the Yarra Valley vineyards began to thrive once more.
38 Melba Hwy Yarra Glen 3775
Phone: +61 3 9730 0100
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