Shedfest Yarra Valley Wine Festival in the Yarra Valley returns again in October. This two-day weekend event sees small boutique wineries open their cellar doors to taste exclusive releases and vintages.
Stopped for lunch outdoors in the garden by the old giant Golden Oak tree and tasted some wines at their cellar door. My favourite was the Estate Gewurztraminer 2016, with hints of Lychee, Rose and Turkish delight. Sipping to the sound of live music and flowing conversations in a beautiful garden setting.
This wine festival is the perfect opportunity to explore nearby smaller wineries, meet the winemakers and curate wine lists for Christmas, or presents that pair perfectly with the stories of their creators. The perfect event for the whole family.
This year participating wineries included Badger's Brook in Coldstream, Billanook Estate in Chirnside Park, Boat O'Craigo in Healesville, Elmswood Estate in Seville, Kellybrook Winery in Wonga Park, Payne's Rise in Seville, Seville Hill in Seville, Six Acres in Silvan, Soumah in Gruyere, Steels Gate Wines in Dixons Creek, Tokar Estate in Coldstream, Whispering Hills Vineyard in Seville, and Yering Farm Wines in Yering.