Yarra Yering: Our Most Premium Stop On The Yarra Valley
Address: 4 Briarty Road, Gruyere, VIC
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Malbec, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon, Viognier, Merlot, lots of blending
One of the oldest and most illustrious Yarra Valley wineries, Yarra Yering is undoubtedly an iconic estate. Here you’ll be invited to take in some of their top-grade wines, selected from an incredibly diverse catalogue of varieties.
Despite the historic significance and attention to nurturing yields of incredible quality, Yarra Yering still manages to create a quite homely feel in their tasting room. With an open fireplace, and plenty of friendly cats lounging around, they’ve done well to create a space in which you can relax, without undercutting the stateliness of their premium estate.
Yarra Yering are serious about their wines, producing some of the Yarra Valley’s most expensive and best quality reds and whites. Their cellar door provides access to these incredibly high quality wines, with the occasional back vintages added to the tasting line-up for lucky visitors.
While their library is extremely varied, their true talent lies in reds. In particular, their Dry Red No.1, a medium-bodied Bordeaux blend, is their most iconic wine. We also like to have a try of Dry Red No.2, a shiraz-based blend that draws inspiration from the Rhone Valley in France.
While there is a certain level of formalness to Yarra Yering, as would be expected with an estate producing wines around the $100+ mark, the setting is still a warm and welcoming one. Their tasting room is designed to feel a bit like a lounge room, and is surrounded with views overlooking their beautiful old vines.
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What we like
Yarra Yering is in a class of its own; in fact there are only 2 other wineries on the Yarra Valley who can claim the same level of premium wine quality. Out of those 3, Yarra Yering is the only one to have a cellar door.
In other words, access to such top-shelf wines is something that shouldn’t be taken for granted, and we certainly don’t. We love that this estate provides accessibility to such incredible wines, and in quite a generous way.
What we don’t like
The staff members here don’t always provide a welcome with open arms, and can be a bit standoffish at first. That doesn’t last long though, and they tend to warm up over the time of your visit.