Yarra Valley Cider & Ale Trail
Visit 7 Breweries and Cider Producers
The Yarra Valley has long been famous as a wine producing region, loved for its sensational Chardonnay and Pinot. But did you know that our region boasts the largest number of cider and ale producers in one region?
We’ve seven breweries and cider producers, each less than 20 mins from the next. How inviting does that sound?
To the north of the valley in Toolangi, Giverny Estate’s kiwi fruit cider has sold so well, you can now only buy it direct from their cellar door. And over at Kellybrook Winery in the west, they make Champagne cider from pears, and have done for over 50 years now, the hard way, on a traditional rack-and-cloth press.
If it’s a handcrafted beer you’re after, you’ve also come to the right place, with four boutique craft breweries within a 30 kilometre radius. Have a tour of the facilities at Coldstream Brewery (if you go in winter, ask for their Chocolate Winter Ale made with Kennedy & Wilson 99% Couverture) and then a quick tasting paddle of lagers and ales at Yarra Glen’s Hargreaves Hill before heading over to Healesville where there are two breweries in as many kilometres; Buckleys (have you been to a solar powered brewery?) and White Rabbit.
If you’ve a wine lover in your party, you can keep everyone happy by popping into Punt Road before you leave the valley – where you can taste their award winning wines as well as cider, fermented using Rhone Valley white wine yeast. Here the kids can run around and let off steam while you pit your wits at Petanque in the gardens. It really is a case of – ‘there’s something for everyone’ in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley.
With the continued emergence of breweries and cider makers in the Yarra Valley, a new Cider & Ale Trail has been produced.