The Yarra Valley offers up to 70 cellar door options. How do you find your way around 70 venues when you most likely can only find time for four venues in one day? It’s overwhelming but let me guide you through an easy starting point for a wonderful boutique cellar door to visit. Welcome to Yileena Park. Opened in 2004 to the public, Yileena Park offers arguably the most premium tasting experience available in the Yarra Valley.
An overview of the cellar door
Tucked away up the northern end of the Yarra Valley just a short drive off the Melba highway this is a true wine tasting experience. A lot of feedback as a tour operator is that many people don’t want to be in a large commercial winery with the crowds, they want to have a real boutique wine experience. Yileena Park offers this true, small, boutique, fine wine, family-owned wine journey. Sitting in the foothills the original settlers of the region the Ryrie brothers path into the valley in 1838. Yileena has a charming cellar door that pops out of the hillside into your vino arms. On offer at cellar door is an amazing range of wine and smoked small goods. Starting with a delicious semi oak Chardonnay delicious started to the tasting. Moving on and when not sold out is the Rose, which is created for merlot grapes. The rose and its merlot base is a truly rare and pallet pleasing combination in the area. Once you start light and bright we move onto the fantastic red range. Pinot Noir is not be missed and the current wine stands out for the Yarra Valley as a wine blend. Bob & Diane Curtis properties have made it their commitment to plant merlot which does not have an easy time growing in the valley. The merlot is rare to find in the Valley and a misunderstood grape that often is forgotten. Try the Merlot and enlighten yourself on this velvet smooth red wine, maybe even ask them about there museum range that has merlot and other wines dating back to 2002.
Many people may not know that the Yarra Valley produces some fantastic Cabernet Sauvion and Yileena Park offer a vintage that is the crème de la crème. The Cabernet is a cool climate infused and nothing like what you would try from Coonwarra or the Barossa. This wine is the aging king of the range with ideal drinking now or 15-20 years into the future! Good luck keeping it that long we say 10 minutes is long enough. Finally, let’s finish this tasting off with a sweet note the NV aged topaque fortified (the real Christmas pudding in a bottle). Also, did I mention this is matched with any imported stilton blue cheese from the UK? Oh my goodness take note of the cheese taste change on the second sip, supreme! This range and service at Yileena Park are unmatched in the Yarra Valley. A must-try along with the wine is the tasting plates with smoked goods (smoked from their old barrels!) such as cheese, olives, nuts, salts, oils and even kangaroo meats. Boasting top of the list Tripadvisor and Google reviews, do not waste any time in putting Yileena Park on your Yarra Valley to-do list of best wineries in the region. At Evergreen winery tours sit back relax and we will take you to your boutique wine experience.
Visit their website at https://yileenapark.com.au/
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