A Little Gem – Yileena Park
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Yileena Park is a family owned Yarra Valley Winery, Cellar Door and Vineyard located just one hour drive north east of Melbourne.
The vineyard, a north facing slope at the base of Christmas Hilld was planted in 1998 with 5 acres of Pinot Noir, 5 acres of Cabernet Sauvignon and 2.5 acres of Merlot. This protected part of the Valley is cooler then other sites and results in detailed and perfumed wines. The soil is ideal for preium grape production being grey loam surfaced over a rock studded clay base. Each year the vineyard is carefully pruned to produce between 1-2 tones of fruit per acre, allowing the grapes to achieve optimum ripeness and flavour. Whilst the Yarra Valley is blessed with regular rainfall, we help the vines during the dryer seasons with a Sub-surface drip irrigation system (American type), which delivers water and organic liquid fertilizer directly to the vine’s roots. reducing evaporation and ensuring every drop counts.
The Cellar Door at Yileena Park is a unique sandstone building opened in 2006. It is anchored into a steep hill to ensure cool cellaring of our premium wines as the ground floor is virtually buried underground. Visitors climb the beautifully timber paneled staircase to the cosy and inviting tasting room swathed in Tasmanian Myrtle and featuring and open fire place which is perfect for sipping wine on cooler days. The views from the Cellar Door are delightful with French doors that open onto an expansive deck affording views over the vineyard and the beautiful Yarra Valley. The deck is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a glass of wine with a pre-ordered cheese platter when the weather is fine.
When you visit Cellar Door you must also sample our unique smoked delicacies. These are infused with the smoke from old wine barrels and the combination of wine and oak flavours imparts an amazing flavour that needs to be tasted to be believed. Our smoked products are only available at Cellar Door and include smoked salt, olives, nuts, mustard, olive oil, red wine vinegar and cheeses.
With such close proximity to Melbourne this stunning Cellar Door, Winery and Vineyard is so accessible. We look forward to seeing you when you are next in the Yarra Valley.