Critics and connoisseurs alike rave consistently about Dominique Portet’s Fontaine Rose, one that’s an exceptional berry-driven summery blend of merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon; and a steal at $22 a bottle. 870 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. 03 5962 5760. Daily 10am-5pm.
Their Reserve Shiraz Viognier is one of the finest examples of the blend to be produced in Australia. And if you don’t want to spend $90 on the top shelf bottle, pick-up a Village Shiraz Viognier for $24. 38 Melba Hwy, Yarra Glen. 03 9730 0100. Mon-Fri 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun 10am-6pm.
These guys produce wonderfully complex, engaging and fruit-driven cabernet sauvignon and merlot alongside brilliant pinot noir. Chardonnays are also a standout. 31 Maddens Ln, Coldstream. 03 5960 7000. Daily 10am-5pm.
After you’ve been distracted by the stunning surrounds make a beeline for the tasting room and try the Single Block and Reserve ranges – the best-of-the-best chardonnay and pinot noir produced on the Estate. 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Tarrawarra. 03 5957 3510. Daily 11am-3pm.
The big daddy of bubbles producers in Victoria, Domaine Chandon has been crafting top shelf sparkling wine since the days it was allowed to be called Champagne. 727 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream. 03 9738 9200. Daily 10.30am-4pm.