Helen & Joey Estate: Vino with a View
Address: 12-14 Spring Ln, Gruyere VIC 3770
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Gris, Late Harvest Merlot
Off a long dirt road in the heart of the Yarra Valley, you’ll find the sprawling 200 acres of farm and vines from Helen & Joey Estate. After making your way down the long, vine surrounded driveway, a magnificent and breathtaking view awaits once you reach the spacious deck area of the cellar door. Helen & Joey is a casual, no fuss winery that really takes pride in sharing and celebrating their wines with those who stumble across their cellar door. The original Fernando Vineyard upon which the vines were planted back in 1996 was purchased in 2010 by Helen & Joey, and has grown from strength to strength, seeing their wines gaining success both locally and in international markets of China, Japan, Singapore and the US.
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The range of wines on offer here is pretty extensive. From their entry level, Inara Collection made to be drunk in their youth as an everyday wine. To the Layla Collection, a more premium and modern take on the Yarra Valley classics of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Lastly there’s the Alena Collection which is their top tier, age worthy, single vineyard range of hand-picked, barrel aged premium Chardonnay, Pinot Cabernet Sauvignon and Cabernet Merlot. There’s even a late harvest collection of sweeter styles of Chardonnay and Merlot, ideal for a summer aperitif or served with desserts.
No matter what your level of interest in wine is or what styles you prefer to drink, there’s definitely something to suit every taste and budget.
With only a small kitchen on site at the moment, meals here are more along the lines of shared grazing platters which feature local cheeses, pates, terrine, charcuterie and other antipasto treats, served with salads, bread and crackers. Servings are pretty generous so you won’t go hungry.
With a pretty spacious cellar door and tasting bar inside, the real drawcard of Helen & Joey is the large deck area which looks out across the undulating hills of the Yarra Valley. It’s a view you never tire of looking at. Acres upon acres of vines which you get to enjoy from the sun-drenched deck with a glass in hand.
What we like
The view is second to none in the Yarra Valley and the fact you can enjoy your tasting out on the deck if weather permits, is a really great experience for groups and a relaxing way to spend an afternoon.
What we don’t like
Generally speaking, groups larger than 20 guests can’t secure a booking here, so we can’t take some of our larger groups