Hanrahan Vineyard: Leave The Yarra Valley Behind
Address: 3 Hexham Road, Gruyere, Victoria, 3770
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz
Drive out of Yarra Valley and straight into Europe; or at least feel like you have thanks to the vine-strewn rolling hills and European timber barn cellar door of Hanrahan Vineyard. You’ll be greeted by the friendly and knowledgeable Bev, along with the Hanrahan team and their estate dog, Otis.
The estate is a haven of picnic spots and their Reverse BYO concept allows you take advantage of that, where you bring the food and Hanrahan provides all the beverages. Or you can simply enjoy a sampling of their wines through their cellar door experience.
Hanrahan Vineyard focuses on the Yarra Valley classics: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Shiraz. This small but solid range is handpicked from their property, and holds its own against many of the bigger name estates in the region.
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As already mentioned, the Hanrahan’s unique Reverse BYO concept is a unique offering that allows you take advantage of their picturesque setting, beautiful wine and other beverages, while enjoying your own packed picnic. There are also BBQ facilities on site, so you’ve got everything on hand to make for a simplistically perfect lunch stop.
This isn’t a typical estate of the region. As you drive in through steep hills of vines and past a stunning dam, you’ll feel as though you’re being transported far away from the Yarra Valley.
By the time you’ve got a wine in your hand and are enjoying the view overlooking the property, be it from the outdoor area, cellar door, or a picnic spot, you’ll be devising a plan to never leave Hanrahan Vineyard again.
What we like
We really enjoy the concept of the Reverse BYO, just as we enjoy the friendly, relaxed vibes of Hanrahan Vineyard. The fact that the setting is so stunning doesn’t go astray, either.
What we don’t like
When the weather turns, it’s not exactly the most ideal setting, especially for a picnic. That’s not to say that they don’t make it work rain or shine, though.