Two distinct regions exist within the boundaries of the Yarra Valley – the ‘Valley Floor’ and the ‘Upper Yarra’
The Valley Floor takes in the areas surrounding the townships of Healesville, Coldstream, Yarra Glen, Steels Creek and Dixons Creek and has the Maroondah and Melba Highways as its main arterials. Gently undulating, it sits at an average altitude of about 140m above sea level.
The ‘Upper Yarra’ has the Warburton Highway running it’s entire course and includes the smaller postcodes of Woori Yallock, Seville, Wandin, Yellingbo, Hoddles Creek, Launching Place, Yarra Junction, Wesburn, Warburton and Gembrook.
Some parts of the Upper Yarra are in excess of 400m above sea level and the effect of such altitude is significant across the whole area – it is markedly cooler and wetter throughout the year than the neighbouring ‘Valley Floor’.
The diversity within the Yarra Valley wine industry is one of it’s main attractions
From historically important pioneers such as Mount Mary, Yeringberg, Wantirna Estate, Yarra Yering and Seville Estate, to established stars like Oakridge, DeBortoli, Giant Steps, Coldstream Hills, Tarrawarra Estate, Chandon, Hoddles Creek Estate and Yering Station.
More recently the groundswell includes winemaker labels such as Luke Lambert, William Downie, Jamsheed (Gary Mills) and Timo Mayer, and it is an everchanging landscape with each component urging each other forward in the pursuit of regional development.
Throw in beer, cider, craft spirit and artisan food producers and there’s something here for everyone. If you are concerned that you haven’t found it yet, you will tomorrow.
So much to see and do
Beyond the multidude of Cellar Doors, the Yarra Valley has plenty to offer visitors. The acclaimed Healesville Sanctuary, beautiful National Parks, a vibrant art scene highlighted by the Museum of Art at Tarrawarra Estate, classy restaurants, craft breweries, artisanal cheese and preserve makers, hundreds of hectares of fruit orchards and berry farms, championship golf courses, thoroughbred horse racing at Yarra Glen and Healesville and of course, the beautiful landscape surrounding the meandering Yarra River.
So find yourself a bed at one of the regions many top quality accommodation options, then get out there and explore (…and don’t forget to drop in and say hi!)