Chateau Yering, Yarra Valley

Hotel. One of Australia’s finest country hotels, Chateau Yering, lies in the Yarra Valley (an hour drive from Melbourne) surrounded by more than 70 local vineyards and filled with enchantment and beauty. Since reopening in 1997, the Milner family has turned this once flourishing vineyard into a paradise of cuisine, décor, and beautiful countryside. At one point this Victorian home acted as one of the most respected vineyards in Australia. However, when the land was sold off piece-by-piece the vines were neglected and only the structures remained. Fortunately, the house’s cellar, built in 1840, still functions and remains a prized possession of Chateau Yering.

Wine. As wine tourism has flourished so has the Yarra Valley. Because it is only an hour away from Melbourne, it is easier than ever for visitors to explore this wine region best known for fits “cool climate” wines and especially its sparkling wines. Chateau Yering’s cellar dates back to 1840, automatically making it one of the historic cellars of Australia and making it home to the best vintages of Yarra Valley’s labels.

Dining. Executive Chef Mathew Macartney heads the hotels two restaurants, Eleonore’s Restaurant and Sweetwater Café, serving dishes that are skillfully prepared and exquisitely delicious. For a casual meal head to Sweetwater Café where breakfast is served daily, however for a more daring foodie, go to the elegant dining room of Eleonore’s. Surely Mathew Macartney’s French influence that has won him countless awards will leave any guest wanting more.