Oakridge Wines offers the best winery lunch in the Yarra Valley

Whether you’re a seasoned oenophile or simply appreciate good food and wine, Oakridge in the Yarra Valley offers a winery lunch experience that delights the senses.

Set against the rolling hills of Coldstream, Oakridge is a winery offers a truly farm-to-table experience just an hour’s drive or 20-minute helicopter flight from Melbourne CBD. At the heart of Oakridge lies its restaurant, where Executive Chef Daniel Snooks blends the best of Modern Australian cuisine with the bounty of the surrounding region.

As you approach Oakridge, the vineyards stretch out before you like a patchwork quilt, each row of vines telling a story of craftsmanship and dedication. The winery’s commitment to sustainability is evident from the moment you step foot on the property, with native vegetation thriving in the surrounding landscape. Once inside the Cellar Door & Restaurant, you’re greeted by an ambience that effortlessly balances elegance with relaxation.

Dining room with vineyard views in the Yarra Valley

Vineyard dining at Oakridge Yarra Valley

The restaurant boasts floor-to-ceiling windows, offering panoramic views across the famed 864 vineyards to the inspiring peaks of the Dandenong Ranges. Every seat provides a front-row view of the stunning natural beauty that defines the Yarra Valley.

Executive Chef Daniel Snooks’ menu celebrates seasonal produce from local growers and the winery’s kitchen garden. With a commitment to sustainability (Oakridge’s Estate Vineyards were the first in the region to achieve accreditation by Sustainable Winegrowing Australia) and a passion for flavour, Chef Brodie dishes are both inventive and approachable, making for the ultimate winery lunch in the Yarra Valley.

A vibrant 2000-metre kitchen garden grown at the back of the Oakridge property provides the majority of the fresh produce for the restaurant, including vegetables, herbs, fruit and herbs grown from heirloom organic seeds. House-made cheeses and charcuterie fill the cool rooms, while the bread is baked daily on-site.

Yarra Valley heli package

For an extraordinary Oakridge experience, arrive by helicopter from Melbourne CBD to be taken on a chef-led, hands-on tour of the Oakridge kitchen garden, followed by a tour of the famed 864 vineyards before a wine masterclass. Then feast on a four-course fine dining winery lunch in the Yarra Valley with paired wines – taking a twin pack of your favourite 864 bottles home.

Inclusions (based on two people):

  • Return helicopter flights from Melbourne CBD
  • Chef-led, hands-on tour of Oakridge kitchen garden in the summer months or Barrel tasting in the winery in winter months
  • Tour of the famed 864 vineyard and winery
  • Your choice between Chardonnay Masterclass or 864 Single Block
  • Four-course winery lunch in the fine dining restaurant with matched wines
  • Twin pack of 864 wines to take home

Modern Australian menu at Oakridge Yarra Valley

The Modern Australian fine dining restaurant at Oakridge is a culinary destination. Here, Chef Brodie presents a tasting menu that evolves with the seasons, allowing diners to journey through the Yarra Valley’s flavours. From delicate seafood dishes to hearty cuts of meat, each plate is a work of art, plated with precision and care. Fueled by his kitchen garden and an irrepressible sense of whimsy, Chef Brodie takes seasonal, produce-driven food to new heights. 

A current standout dish is the BBQ wallaby loin with beetroots, rainforest cherry and chard. The loin, sourced from a local farm just a stone’s throw away, is tender and succulent, with a richness that perfectly complements the sweet acidity of the rainforest cherry. Paired with a glass of Oakridge 864 Winery Block Cabernet Sauvignon 2021 is utter perfection. But start with an entree: troops of mushrooms dressed with a citrus-based ponzu sauce with native nuts. Complemented with a glass of Oakridge Blanc de Blancs 2017. It is a culinary experience that will linger after the last bite.

These recipes have earned Oakridge restaurant one Chef’s Hat by The Age Good Food Guide 2024 and established it as one of the Yarra Valley’s favourite spots to lunch in a winery.

Gourmet dining in the Yarra Valley
Executive Chef Daniel Snooks’ menu celebrates the seasons © Oakridge

For a more relaxed dining experience, the Brasserie at Oakridge offers a menu of casual yet refined fare. From sharing plates of Oakridge charcuterie to broad bean panzanella salad, or whole calamari with spicy nduja beurre noisette. It’s ideal for a light winery lunch in the Yarra Valley after a Cellar Door tasting. Or simply to enjoy a few snacks with a glass of wine on the sunny terrace.

Winery terrace in Yarra Yalley
Dining with a view © Oakridge

Exploring the Cellar Door at Oakridge Yarra Valley

No visit to Oakridge would be complete without sampling their world-class wines. Explore the winery’s extensive collection, ranging from crisp, aromatic whites to vibrant, medium bodied reds from Winemaker of the Year David Bicknell. He has led the Oakridge winery since 2002 with a focus on traditional methods to create award-winning bottles.

From cool-climate Pinot Noir to award-winning Chardonnay and the icon 864 Single Block collection. Oakridge has recently been named #1 Halliday Top 100 Australia Wineries 2023, Real Review Winery of the Year 2023 and Halliday Wine Awards Best Value Winery 2024 with the 864 Chardonnay rated in Langton’s Classification, making Oakridge Australia’s top-ranking winery.

Guided tastings are available or you can simply relax on the terrace with a glass of your favourite varietal, soaking in the beauty of the surrounding landscape.

So come, raise a glass, and discover the magic of Oakridge for yourself.

Exploring the Cellar Doors in the Yarra valley
Exploring the Cellar Door © Oakridge