Yering Farm – One of my first favourites

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Having first discovered this Yarra Valley gem on a wine tour with my Mother, I have now had the pleasure of visiting Yering Farm Wines several times. Yering Farm is a firm family favourite vineyard (so far) and my ultimate dream. No matter what time of the year I visit, the tranquillity is simply wonderful. 

Yering Farm

At Yering Farm they have 30 acres under vine, producing around 60,000 bottles a year. Seventy acres of apple orchard including Pink Lady apples also produce ‘Syder’ and apple juice. The Farmyard range, at $25 a bottle, with charming names like Duck Down Under, Rabbit Run and Fox Trot all feature little drawings on the labels. The range includes a Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz, all of which are delicious. An impressive and inspirational array for one small estate.

Slightly more upmarket – the Estate Series and Winemaker’s Collection are even more scrumptious. I was particularly impressed with the buttery texture of the (French oak barrel fermented) 2014 Estate Chardonnay ($35.) Our cellar now boasts a bottle of 2006 Winemakers Selection Pinot Noir and a 2015 Estate Series Merlot.

Glasses of your favourite wines can be enjoyed with platters of local produce. During the winter there is a roaring log burning stove and on a gorgeous summer day take a seat on the front lawn. At any time of the the year, you can be sure of a warm welcome and stunning views over the Yarra Valley.

The Vineyard

The vineyard at Yering Farm was re-established by the Johns family in the late 1980s. Located on the original site of the Yeringa Vineyard, it was originally owned by the Deschamps family in the 1800’s. Much of the picturesque estate is visible from the cellar door and there is a really homely feeling about the place. A few members of the family can often be seen tending to the vines in the distance. The cellar door itself is located in a 100 year old resurrected hay shed and manned by an enthusiastic and knowledgeable staff. 

The Estate boasts a variety of soil types in the relatively cool climate that the Yarra Valley offers. Chardonnay is particularly suited to the lower flatter blocks and Pinot Noir from the slopes. Yering farmers prune their vines to produce lower yields of higher quality grapes. They hand pick and age their wine in oak barrels of varying size depending on the desired finish.

Wedding and functions are catered for at Yering Farm. However, for longer stays The George farmhouse has six separate bedrooms that can can be booked in advance. Just the thought of this makes me want to get married there all over again!

Yering Farm cellar door is open 7 days a week from 10am until 5pm. In conclusion, it is definitely worth a visit.