- Published on Wednesday, 04 November 2015 13:00
Surrounding the upper Yarra River in Victoria, and just a short drive from Melbourne, the Yarra Valley is the state’s most famous wine region, boasting high quality production of chardonnays, pinot noir and sparkling wines. With it’s stunning rural setting, and close proximity to the City, it is no wonder that it’s now become one of Australia’s most popular wedding destinations, rivaling it’s main attraction as a wine region!
There are plenty of hotel & spa’s, boutique venues and wineries in the region to choose from, which can cater to all your needs from the ceremony and reception through to accommodation for all your guests. Here’s our rundown of the top 5 amazing wedding venues in the Yarra Valley:
Stones of the Yarra Valley
Set on a beautiful flat plain with uninterrupted views across to the Great Divide, the team behind Stones of the Yarra Valley have built a picturesque and historic cluster of venues, rising from the ruins of a sizeable barn left empty for generations. Built around century-old oak trees, boasting a fantastic photo op, the grounds includes two restaurants - The Barn and the Stable at Stones - a contemporary rustic Chapel and the lovely addition of a Dairy (located between the Barn and Stones Chapel) for your guests to enjoy drinks and canapés between the ceremony and reception!
Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel
For those that appreciate being surrounded by history and heritage, the Chateau Yering Historic House Hotel is a unique venue choice. The historic homestead was restored and converted into a 5 star hotel in 1997, keeping period features throughout, offering luxury accommodation and fine-dining in an elegantly antique setting. The Chateau offers up three spacious and private event spaces, heritage-listed gardens beyond a sweeping rose-bordered driveway, and stunning views across the Yarra Valley, all set on a 250-acre estate!
With 4.5 star accommodation and the added luxury of an in-house spa, the Balgownie Estate boasts the facilities and idyllic setting to have your reception, ceremony and accommodation all in one beautiful location. Complete with a cellar door, restaurant, spa, giant chess board, and offering hot air balloon flights over the Yarra Valley, there’s plenty of activities to keep you and your guests entertained either side of the wedding, making this venue a truly exceptional choice for a destination wedding.
Yarra Valley Estate
Calling all dreamers, romantics and country lovers! Yarra Valley Estate offer rustic wedding packages at their romantic hotel and wedding venue, located on a sprawling 120-acre rural estate at the foothills of the Great Dividing Range. Once a commercial deer farm, the owners have lovingly created a holistic and economically sustainable business, with profits benefiting their charitable and community ventures. Offering indoor or outdoor ceremonies, there is also two three-bedroom cottages off the main lodge, giving you or your guests some optional privacy and relaxation around the beautiful gardens. Capture beautiful wedding photo’s in front of a plane in the hanger, on one of the little bridges in the natural bush, or wandering the overgrowing bush during sundown.
The Riverstone Estate
A boutique ceremony and wedding reception venue with a spectacular backdrop, The Riverstone Estate offers their patrons stunning views in all directions. Utilise the breathtaking balcony, the bluestone cellar, or the spacious lawn areas that can accommodate marquees for up to 130 guests. Offering an exclusive range of 10 wine selections from their Yarra Valley Estate for your wedding, along with custom menus, event styling and coordination services, as well as sensational photo opportunities on the grounds, The Riverstone Estate can manage all aspects of your big day, bar the accommodation.
About The Author
Victoria Garside is a British ex pat who works in the staging and events industry based in Sydney. A keen writer and blogger, Victoria is a seasoned traveller and budding philanthropist whose outlook on life is to “die with memories, not with dreams”.
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