When I took my first flight from Melbourne to Mildura, there were two things that struck me. One was how desolate and barren the landscape looked from 20,000ft. And the second was just how many grape blocks there were to see as we began our descent. Many of those grapes are destined for the table grape market, others will end up as sultanas. But a reasonable proportion are grown by/for the local Mildura wineries.
While not as well known as the bigger Australian wine producing areas like Adelaide or the Hunter valley, Mildura still produces a number of great wines. So, let us show you some of the wineries and cellar doors in the Mildura area… it’s a wine aficionado and connoisseurs delight. We have limited ourselves to wineries within a 30 min drive of the Mildura CBD.
We will add the complete list of local wineries as time permits. For now, here are three just to whet your appetite. As I can get the information and pictures required, there will be stand alone pages for each winery.
Only 10-15 minutes drive from the CBD, this is part winery and part museum of old wine making equipment.
Established in 1888, and now home to home to Psyche Wines Pty Ltd, the Chateau is part of the historic Chaffey Trail. The location was chosen due to the proximity to Kings Billabong, which supplied the irrigation water for the original 150 acre grape block. The first wines were produced in 1891. Today, the winery produces a large range of wines, including Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Merlot, and Shiraz.
Nestled on the northern bank of the Murray river (in NSW), Trentham estate is 46 hectares of perfect wine growing country.
This is much more than just a winery/cellar door and restaurant. Even if you are not a wine afficionado, Trentham Estate is worthy of a day trip just for the experience. This is one winery I would class as a “must see”.
They have a great restaurant so you can grab lunch, or a coffee, and relax on the banks of the Murray. Do put this in your calendar of places to visit when you come to Mildura – you won’t be disappointed.
The Sunraysia Cellar Door.
While this is not actually a winery, it is a cellar door, and therefore they not only sell wine but know a lot about the local produce.
You can find the Cellar Door close to the CBD, on the corner of Lime Ave and 10th St. Check our winery map above. Open 9am until 5pm weekdays, and 11am to 5pm weekends. When I called in there last week they had a $5 bargain bin, and a HUGE selection of local wines.
Phone: (03) 5021 0794
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