By Jo Jonkman – Certified Foodie
We all know that Melbourne is a true foodie, wine and coffee heaven. But did you know that there are also a few delicious Food Trails combined with stunning scenery just a short drive from Melbourne? From cheese tasting to strawberry picking and from wine tasting to gourmet lunches, the opportunities are, like the produce, plentyful.
Here are a few of our favourite foodie trails around Melbourne.
The Mornington Peninsula is filled with farmers markets, wineries, farm gates, unique cafes, and breweries. The rich soils grow the most abundant seasonal produce, which has attracted many top chefs, winemakers, and farmers.
The Mornington Peninsula has everything a true foodie dreams about. Grabbing your coffee at a casual cafe, fine dining in one of the award-winning restaurants, sipping a glass of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir or Pinot Grigio (the birthplace of Pinot Grigio in Australia) at one of the numerous vineyards. Fill up your bags with local produce like berries and cherries, free-range eggs, organic vegetables, locally made cheeses, oils and freshly roasted coffee.
The best way to discover the culinary secrets of the region is on a food and wine private tour. Indulge yourself in a tasting trip around renowned local wineries, restaurants, and farms, all while enjoying the beautiful scenery along the way.
Victoria’s most visited destination for foodies and wine lovers, and for a reason. The Yarra Valley is blessed with beautiful scenery and some of Victoria’s best winemakers, cellar doors, cider and beer brewers, pasta makers, and cheesemakers.
Go on a Food and Wine private tour and include a number of wine tastings at wineries such as Punt Road, Killara Estate, Boat O’Craigo and Yering Station and a gourmet lunch stop with a beautiful view.
Stop at the Yarra Valley Dairy or Coldstream Dairy to taste some amazing cheeses or indulge in some chocolate tasting at the Chocolaterie. The Yarra Valley Chocolaterie has a large showroom featuring more than 150 kinds of chocolates and sweets, hot chocolate for the winter months and a viewing window to see the chocolatiers at work and inventive chocolate displays. I haven’t even mentioned the ice cream either!
The best things? Loads of free tastings, and massive lawns, orchard and native garden for the sugared-up kids to burn off that energy.
Just over an hour drive from Melbourne, The Bellarine Peninsula is one of Victoria’s best-hidden secrets. There are amazing wineries like Scotchmans Hill, and Oakdene, or en route there’s Shadowfax adjacent to the breathtaking Werribee Mansion and Gardens, or Jack Rabbit Vineyard and Terindah Estate overlooking Corio Bay. If you love cider, the Flying Brick Cider Company is a must. Don’t love cider? Visit anyway as it doubles as a fabulous winery. If mussels are your thing, they have mussel farms there with associated farm shop. Then there’s a smoke house and olive grove too.
The Bellarine Peninsula is lesser known but an equally superb wine and food region in Victoria.
Victoria’s world-renowned Coast offers not only vibrant beach towns, attractions and spectacular coastline, there are also a number of beautiful food and beverage options to visit.
What about tasting gourmet cheese, single malt whiskey, locally made ice cream, olives, chocolate, and fudge? All whilst revelling in one of the most spectacular coastal drives the world has to offer.
I Heart Melbourne Tours loves to show off these regions!