a day in the yarra valley

i recently travelled down to melbourne to catch up with schoolmates. rather than do our usual circuit of lattes in carlton and cocktails in city laneways, we opted to spend a day out in the yarra valley and sample some chardonnays and pinots.

upon our friend's friend's recommendation, we made tracks for the Yeringberg winery, and found upon our arrival that we'd stumbled upon their once-a-year cellar door opening and their 150th birthday! as the photos below will attest to, their tasting room was in a beautiful rustic barn, as old as the winery itself and still housing all of the old barrels and equipment. 

along the day we also checked out Domaine Chandon (full of hen's parties but a nice outdoor area), Tarrawarra Estate, Innocent Bystander (with artisan bakery and woodfired pizzas), the White Rabbit brewery, and the Hargreaves Hill Brewery

i certainly felt i'd earned a good long nap on the car trip back to melbourne...

tasting away @ yeringberg winery

old crates @ yeringberg winery

barrels and bread @ innocent bystander

bro time @ hargreaves hill brewery

more barrels @ innocent bystander