HOT: TarraWarra Estate, Yarra Valley


TarraWarra Estate Yarra Valley is a child-friendly winery in Yarra Glen where you can enjoy great food, stunning views. It is also the home of one of Australia’s preeminent privately funded, public art museums – the TarraWarra Museum of Art.

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The winery has a cellar door knocked out from under a rock formation and a fine-dining restaurant with a set menu.

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If you’re visiting with children you may not want to linger at either of those locations…

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But don’t worry – the best views are actually from TarraWarra Estate’s more casual venue The Deck.

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The Deck is open 11am-5pm during the warmer months. Each day it offers a menu of platters and nibbles from 12pm-3pm. The views are stunning, with an expanse of sky sitting atop rolling vines. You can borrow a picnic blanket and choose a glass or bottle of wine to go with your lunch.

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Other than the fact that you have to go inside the cellar door to order and pick up your food, the location is perfect. It’s outdoors and lined with wooden flooring so the venue is pram-friendly. High chairs are available.

We try the yabbie saffron aracini with aioli ($14), gin-cured ocean trout, goats fromage frais and rye crisps ($15) and pickled octopus with taramasalata and pita bread ($15). There menu also lists toasted piadina, cheese and charcuterie boards and small bites from $6. There is a further note – ‘children are welcome at TarraWarra Estate restaurant and we can alter portion sizes for little gourmets.’

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After lunch we poke our heads inside the foyer of TarraWarra Museum of Art but decide against paying the $10 entry fee (for adults, children free).

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TarraWarra Estate Yarra Valley is a wonderful location for a relaxing lunch. The views are to die for and the tree-fringed deck seating provides shade and comfort. Enjoy your lunch, sip your wine and sit back while the kids roam.

Once a year, TarraWarra Museum of Art opens its doors for the TarraWarra Museum of Art Open Weekend. There’s free entry, a makers’ market, creative workshops (including workshops for kids), tours, food trucks and entertainment.

Click here for more places to go in the Yarra Valley with kids.

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About Joyce Watts

Joyce Watts is a former intellectual property, IT and media lawyer turned serial entrepreneur.

As well as being the founder of TOT: HOT OR NOT she helps businesses with their SEO, email marketing & social media as BrightSmart.com.au; she owns an online bike store CycleStyle.com.au and develops and produces creative experiences for families via WheelieGoodFun.com. She used to publish another popular lifestyle and food blog called MEL: HOT OR NOT The decisive guide to Melbourne.

She lives in inner-city Melbourne with her husband, two children and seven bikes.

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