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Where To Find The Best Wineries near Melbourne for Kids

Whether you are looking to take your family on a road trip or are looking for something to do with the kids on a rainy day, visiting a winery can be the perfect outing. Finding the right winery can be tricky though, as there sometimes isn’t much for kids to do. 

Luckily for wine lovers in Melbourne, there are a number of wineries that are perfect for families with kids and to help you find the best family-friendly wineries in Melbourne and Victoria wide, I’ve compiled this list. 

So sip back and relax! Here is my list of the best wineries Victoria has for families with kids (as well as a couple of the best wineries Melbourne has to offer)!

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Best Wineries in Victoria for Kids

1. Innocent Bystander Winery, Healesville 

Their Australian-made wines can be found across the globe, but if you want the full Innocent Bystander experience then swing by their winery in Healesville which is only an hour out of Melbourne. Here you’ll be able to enjoy their full range of wines along with delicious shared dishes, wood-fired pizza, paella and also a kids menu to satisfy any little ones with you.

Innocent Bystander, 316-334 Maroondah Hwy, Healesville, +61 3 5999 9222, mail@innocentbystander.com.au

Innocent Bystander beset wines

2. Bress Cellar Door, Harcourt 

At Bress, just 90 minutes out of Melbourne, you can have a fabulous cellar door picnic experience. Bress might not have a restaurant but they encourage you to pack your own picnic, bring a picnic rug and enjoy the surroundings. While the grown-ups enjoy some local wine the kids can have a run around. Pets are welcome too.

Bress, 59 Franklings Road, Harcourt North, 3453, +61 437 493 303, bress@bress.com.au

Bress

2. Hubert Estate, Coldstream

Well known for its high-quality cabernet wines, Hubert Estate is a reimagined vineyard estate providing fantastic hospitality services to those travelling and looking to explore the beautiful Yarra Valley region.

One thing that all ages will be able to enjoy at this must-visit destination is the delicious food at their restaurant called Quarters. Some of their offerings are freshly made woodfired pizza, succulent steaks and for dessert, various pastries that will tempt anyone with a sweet tooth! Looking for something else for the kids? Don’t worry as the restaurant also offers a special menu just for kids!

Hubert Estate, 1–3 St Hubert Rr, Coldstream, +61 3 8756 1600, Info@hubertestate.com.au

Hubert Estate

3. Rare Hare, Merricks North

Rare Hare is a Melbourne winery and vineyard that boasts an indoor and outdoor dining area overlooking the vine-laced hills and across to Jackalope Hotel’s striking silhouette. Its restaurant serves up delicious seasonal dishes that showcase the freshest and finest ingredients, expertly prepared by their Executive Chef to tantalise the senses with a perfect balance of heat, acidity, depth of flavour and texture.

Kids also get a special Bunnies Menu that contains flavourful dishes along with sweet and fun drinks called Lopsey, Mopsey and Cottontail.

Rare Hare, 166 Balnarring Rd, Merricks North, +61 3 5931 2500, hello@rarehare.com.au

Rare Hare

4. Montalto Winery, Red Hill South 

Halliday Five Red Star rated winery and winner of the James Halliday Chardonnay Challenge Trophy, Montalto is a gorgeous vineyard that first started its winemaking operations back in 1999. Since then they’ve continued to make some of Victoria’s best wines and on top of that, Montalto also offers dining services and picnics surrounded by the estate’s natural beauty and breathtaking views (as well as delicious food).

Montalto, 33 Shoreham Road Red Hill South, +61 3 5989 8412, hello@montalto.com.au

Montalto Vineyard

5. Crittenden Estate, Dromana

This beautiful Mornington Peninsula winery offers a kid-friendly dining experience at their onsite restaurant, Stillwater at Crittenden, with a dedicated kids menu including puzzles and colouring in! Their philosophy is that the sharing of food and conversation is one of life’s simplest yet most enjoyable experiences and their menu is designed with this in mind so dishes can easily be shared or savoured individually. So you can sit back, relax and enjoy a meal with the kids after you’ve tasted the beautiful wines in their amazing wine centre.

Crittenden Estate, 25 Harrisons Rd, Dromana, +61 3 5981 9555, manager@stillwateratcrittenden.com.au

Crittenden Estate

6. Arundel Farm Estate, Keilor

On a rise above the Maribyrnong River Valley in the Melbourne suburb of Keilor, you’ll find Arundel Farm Estate, a beautiful huge bluestone manor, built in 1868, surrounded by acres of private vineyards. Their cellar door is open for a pre-dinner wine tasting that will complement their restaurant dishes. They also offer a kids menu with delicious pasta and pizza offerings. You can also experience the wine tasting from the comfort of your own table if you’d prefer. All wines are grown and handcrafted by Arundel Farm Estate.

Arundel Farm Estate, 321 Arundel Road, Keilor, VIC, 3036, +61 448 079 585, cafe@arundelfarmestate.com.au

Arundel Estates

7. Yering Station Vineyard, Yarra Glen

Established in 1838, Yering Station is Victoria’s oldest vineyard. Yering Station’s restaurant overlooks expansive views of the Yarra Ranges. Their menu showcases the best produce the Yarra Valley has to offer, highlighting small, local growers. Reservations are essential and a kids menu is available. Dogs on a leash are also welcome to visit the main gardens but not the terrace or indoors.

Yering Station, 38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen, VIC, 3775, +61 3 9730 0100, info@yering.com

Yering Station

8. Pt Leo Estate, Merricks 

*Pt Leo Estate’s restaurants, cellar door and sculpture park are closed until further notice due to a fire incident.*

At the often-unexplored Western Port side of the Mornington Peninsula, you’ll find Pt Leo Estate, a 330 acre winery creating the most remarkable wines such as aromatic Pinot Gris, elegant Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.

The Estate also offers three multifaceted dining experiences with an ever-changing menu and ingredients that always coincide with the available seasonal local produce as a way of celebrating regional craftsmanship and the very best Australian ingredients.

The grounds of Pt Leo Estate are also home to stunning indigenous flora, vineyards, ocean views and world-class art including the breathtaking work of Australian artists such as Deborah Halpern, Bruce Armstrong, Dean Bowen and Reko Rennie, as well as International artists KAWS, Tony Cragg, Jaume Plensa and Julian Opie, to name a few.

Pt Leo Estate, 3649 Frankston-Flinders Rd, Merricks, +61 3 5989 9011

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9. TarraWarra Estate, Yarra Glen

On top of being best known as one of the Yarra Glen region’s most exceptional producers of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, TarraWarra Estate also offers an exceptional dining experience led by Manager Darren Fraser and Head Chef Joel Alderdice.

TarraWarra Estate’s seasonal menu created by Chef Joel Alderdice is drawn from our kitchen garden and local suppliers. And because they pick ingredients at their peak, you’ll find that their menu often changes depending on what’s seasonally available. 

TarraWarra Estate, 311 Healesville-Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen, +61 3 5962 3311, restaurant@tarrawarra.com.au

TarraWarra Estate

10. Badger Creek Blueberry Winery, Badger Creek

Badger Creek Blueberry Winery is a cellar door and farm gate that has been operating for over 15 years, specialising in unique and delicious blueberry wines, fresh produce and homemade preserves. 

Bring the family over to their cellar door – a relaxed casual space by the hills of the Yarra Valley perfectly set up for guests to try their amazing wines and ciders, platters, house-made sausage rolls and sweet treats.

Badger Creek Blueberry Winery, 11 Garnook Grove, Badger Creek, +61 3 5962 1601, info@blueberrywinery.com.au

badger creek blueberry Winery

11. Mitchelton Winery, Nagambie

Mitchelton Winery is a place of escape and one of Australia’s favourite wineries.

The location offers guests a chance to experience the history, beauty and serenity of the Goulburn Valley as they see fabulous views over the vineyards from Mitchelton Winery’s iconic tower, get much-needed rest as they stay the night at the hotel, relax and destress by the pool and day spa, explore the seasonal menu at The Muse, and stop by The Provedore for cellars tours and wine tasting.

Additionally, families will also get to enjoy the beautiful Indigenous Australian artwork at the Mitchelton Gallery of Aboriginal Art, which was established by Adam Knight and Gerry Ryan OAM.

Mitchelton Winery, 470 Mitchellstown Rd, Nagambie, +61 3 5736 2222, mitchelton@mitchelton.com.au

Mitchelton Wines

12. Sir Paz Estate, Wandin East

Sir Paz Estate is a family-owned winery estate that was first established in 1997 as a fulfilment of the owner’s promise to his late father who had to leave behind their family’s strong tradition of winemaking due to their need to move to Australia 65 years ago.

Upon arriving guests will be greeted with a captivating view which sweeps across the Yarra Valley showing off the abundantly rich yet serene landscape.

Additionally, families will be able to enjoy the woodfired pizza oven and barbecue contained within their alfresco dining area greatly enhancing the experience thanks to the spectacular views across the vineyard and the Yarra Valley.

Sir Paz Estate, 54 Parker Road Wandin East, +61 3 5964 2339, reservations@sirpaz.com

Sir Paz Estate

13. Foxeys Hangout, Red Hill

Owned by brothers Michael and Tony Lee, Foxeys Hangout is a vineyard that started back in the late 1990s as a way of turning their love and knowledge of fine wines into a livelihood on Victoria’s beautiful Mornington Peninsula.

In charge of the winery’s food is the owner himself Tony Lee who is a qualified chef. He creates various dishes that change seasonally but always still perfectly compliment their available wines.

Foxeys Hangout, 795 White Hill Road Red Hill, +61 3 5989 2022, wine@foxeys-hangout.com.au

Foxeys Hangout

14. Shadowfax Winery, Werribee 

Shadowfax Wines is a boutique Werribee winery just 30km from the Melbourne CBD! The winery is great for families with little ones as it is located in a little family-friendly precinct along with the Werribee Mansion Hotel and Werribee Open Range Zoo. 

The child-friendly restaurant features a modern dining room and alfresco area perfect for enjoying the outdoors on a sunny day. Additionally, its spacious area makes it a great choice to eat and relax with the kids as there is room for prams, high chairs and a disabled toilet with change facilities. Read the full review

Shadowfax Wines, K Road, Werribee, +61 3 9731 4420, cellardoor@shadowfax.com.au

shadowfax

15. Yarrawood Estate Vineyard, Yarra Glen

Yarrawood Estate is an enchanting vineyard situated in the heart of Yarra Valley and is best known for its internationally acclaimed production of fine hand-crafted single vineyard wines.

For families with little ones head on over to the Yarrawood Estate’s Cellar Door & Café which is open every day of the week from 10am to 5pm for wine, coffee and a selection of your favourite platters. Looking to indulge in these treats at home? Well, you’re in luck as they also offer takeaway wine & cheese platters.

Yarrawood Estate, 1275 Melba Highway Yarra Glen, +61 3 9730 2003, talltales@yarrawood.com.au

Yarrawood Estate

16. Cape Horn Vineyard, Echuca

Relax and enjoy wood fired pizzas, cheese platters and dips while you leisurely watch the mighty Murray River flow past. There is an outdoor area available all year round with umbrellas to shade and wood fires to keep you warm.  And it is perfect for the entire family, including your pooch. While you are enjoying a glass of wine you can watch the kids play at the Children’s playground or have a game of chess on the giant chess board.

Cape Horn Vineyard, 489 Stewarts Bridge Rd, Echuca Village +61 3 5480 6013, info@capehornvineyard.com.au

Cape Horn

17. Dal Zotto Winery, Whitfield

Self-professed pioneers of Prosecco in Australia, Dal Zotto offer a guided wine tasting experience in their Cellar Door. Every wine tasting journey will start with a taste of Australia's First Prosecco and from there you’ll be guided through the range. Then you can make your way to the Italian Trattoria Dining restaurant where you and the kids can indulge in a delicious Italian-inspired menu of local seasonal produce. You’ll be able to choose from antipasto, gnocchi, handmade pasta and wood-fired pizza plus fresh veggies picked straight from the garden and grown by Otto Dal Zotto’s wife, Nonna Elena. There is also a dedicated kid (or ‘Bambini’) menu. Yum!

Dal Zotto, 4861 Wangaratta-Whitfield Rd, Whitfield, +61 3 5729 8321, trattoria@dalzotto.com.au

Dal Zotto

18. Chrismont Winery, Cheshunt

Award-winning culinary destination Chrismont offers exceptional wines, lush daytime dining and astonishing views to all guests who decide to visit and stay for a sip of wine or two.

Taking kids with you? You’ll be happy to hear that the Chrismont restaurant is a dining destination fit for families. Their seated lunchtime dining features dishes that use simple produce and fresh ingredients for a flavour experience that will be remembered by the whole family. A kids’ menu is also available.
Chrismont, 251 Upper King River Road, +61 3 5729 8220, info@chrismont.com.au

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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.

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