Kellybrook produces a range of wines, ciders (branded Kelly Brothers) and beers (branded Riders Brew Co.). Their wines include Shiraz, Cabernets, Pinot Noir, Rosé, Chardonnay, Cabernet Sauvignon and Gewurztraminer, as well as Apple Brandy and Tawny Port. Their ciders include Sparkling, Apple and Pear. Their beers include Golden / Summer Ale, American Pale Ale and Porter.
Darren and Farley Kelly founded Kellybrook Winery in 1962, starting with cider and then moving onto wine in the 1970s. It was the first winery in the Yarra Valley to receive it’s Vigneron Licence and Cellar Door licence (1969) and it is one of the few wineries in the Yarra Valley still owned by the original family. Set amongst lush vineyards and historic gardens, the winery offers an authentic Yarra Valley tasting and working farm experience. A large range of wines, beers, ciders and local produce are available for tasting and sale. Picnics and grazing plates featuring local produce are also available all day. The gardens feature a 125-year-old oak tree which is listed with the National Trust, as well as roses, salvias and bulbs.
On the last Sunday of each month, ‘Sunday Sessions’ are held with live, local music from 1.30-4pm and hot food from the kitchen. Over the first weekend in May, there is the annual Kellybrook Cider Festival, soon to be in its 30th year.
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Notes (in their own words):
The Napoleone family are third generation fruit growers. Their business Red Rich Fruits is one of the biggest producers in Victoria growing several varietes of apples, pears and stonefruit. Their first vineyard was planted in 1987, and the inaugural vintage of Punt Road Wines was in 2001. 2008 then saw the creation of Napoleone Cider and 2014 saw the birth of Napoleone Brewers.
All of Napoleone’s ciders are crafted onsite using estate-grown fruit, 100% fruit juice, no concentrates and no added sugars. The apple ciders use Pink Lady, Granny Smith, Fuji and Sundowner apples. The pear ciders use Beurre Bosc and Packham’s Triumph pears.
The beers include lager, pale ale and porter.
The cellar door is open 7 days from 10am and offers tasting paddles of beer and/or cider for $12. If you are just looking to chill out and have a few drinks, they also offer pots and pints too. Brewery tours are also available for $20 a head, which includes a tour and tasting which runs on Saturdays at 11am or by appointment.
A small family owned and operated winery in Arthurs Creek. Their philosophy is to produce premium wines from estate-grown fruit ripened to optimum levels and matured in finest quality small oak barrels.