Best Winery Platters in Victoria
Where to go to get outstanding platters at a winery? Fortunately we've visited tons of wineries in Victoria and experienced some great platters. Here are some of our favourites.
Fowles Wines - Grazing Platters
Fowles Wines only 1 1/2 hours north of Melbourne offers a stunning platter selection with its Grazing Platters. If you love a regional platter at a winery we can think of no better destination in Victoria. Choose from three excellent offerings, the Chef Antipasti and/or Charcuterie Platter, the Goulburn River Valley Charcuterie or the Ploughmans options.
Not only that but you can choose and build your own from a host of Antipasti and Charcuterie options. We enjoyed arancini with aioli, Pork and Rabbit rillette, Sevens Creek Wagyu Pastrami and Smoked pork and fennel sausage, as well as tasty croquettes and Smoked eel amongst other things.
What we loved is the quality range, the highlighting of the local and regional, and interesting selections (such as the eel) that you don't find at many wineries. Going the extra mile! And all while imbibing the beauty of the Strathbogie Ranges.
Merricks Creek Winery - Gourmet Share Plates including Cheese and Terrine Plates
Merricks Creek Winery on the Mornington Peninsula has got it right; casual gourmet platters that pair perfectly with and showcase their standout wines. A visitor to their cellar door gave Merricks creek the hashtag #homeofpinotnoir and we agree. Those in the know understand that this is some of the best Pinot Noir in Australia coming from this small bespoke winery. And the perfect accompaniment to their Pinot Noir, Estate Chardonnay and other wines is shred gourmet plates including cheeses and terrines.
Fabulous views in a vineyard setting at Merricks Creek winery only an hour from Melbourne. This is uncomplicated food with a gourmet touch; essentially the quality ingredients are showcased. Start with a cellar door tasting with owner and winemaker Dr Peter Parker and stay for gourmet share plates and a glass or two of wine.
How good is Irrewarra sourdough bread, oil, durkah, labne with Merricks Creek Pinot Noir!
Cheese plates shine including Cloth matured cheddar, 24 months reserve, Pyengana, Tasmania, perfect with Merricks Creek wines.
Terrines also shine including award winning Chicken, leek, and truffles terrine. creamy and full of flavour. The sort of casual gourmet food we like to enjoy at a winery.
Are you a fan of burrata? Merricks Creek offers a superb rendition of Fior di Burrata, Amore, Victoria. Victoria's finest! Perfect with Pinot Noir or Estate Chardonnay for example.
We recommend ordering an assortment of dishes, including the popular Raclette, the Slow cooked Lamb and the meatballs. Every dish pairing wonderfully with some of the best Pinot Noir around. And those vineyard views!
Such a joyous winery experience!
Helen and Joey Estate - Local Produce Platter
Helen and Joey have burst onto the scene in recent times. This is one of the first wineries accessible in the Yarra Valley as you journey from Melbourne. Helen and Joey are highly acclaimed for their wines and the cellar door experience is enhanced by their platter offering.
Charcuterie at its finest to be enjoyed with a glass of wine and with sweeping views in the Yarra Valley. Local produce shines with a wonderful charcuterie selection perfect with your wine (you can purchase glasses of wine from the cellar door).
Either sit at one of the tables indoors at cellar door or venture out onto the deck where the views are more expansive.
Meletos - Local Produce Selection
Meletos is one of our favourite foodie destinations in the Yarra Valley because it's so flexible. Essentially you can build your own. Just choose from the stunning array of local produce on the menu and construct your own meal.
We assembled together Freshly shucked oysters with shallot and red wine dressing, Yarra Valley goats curd (must order), and Char-grilled Hervey Bay scallops.
Also recommended to order Meletos wood fired oven pizza such as Mushroom pizza (once again featuring Yarra valley goats curd), Pork and fennel Sausage pizza and the San Marzano tomato pizza.
We usually dine inside but enjoyed dining at an outdoor table on a fine day. A classy experience not stiff and starch but approachable.
Yarra Valley Dairy - Farmhouse Cheese Plate
OK not strictly a winery, but if you're looking for a platter in the Yarra Valley it's a great destination.
We ordered the Farmhouse Cheese Plate featuring four of their cheeses, local chutney and a plate of local bread and crackers. The amount of cheese is generous, as is the bread and crackers (surprisingly so!). The great thing is you can add additional items such as olives, cornichons, regional smallgoods and even Pork pies.
The setting is rustic something like a farmhouse shed with appealing views.
Handmade farmhouse cheeses from cow's milk and from goat's milk. Their best known cheese is the Persian fetta, as well as Chevre & Dill and amazing goat's cheese. We love their Ashed Pyramid.
Yarra Valley Dairy are known for their soft cheeses but also offer a hard cheese in a brilliant selection. They have a wine offering promoting some of the local heroes.
Heathcote Wine Hub - Ploughman's Lunch
Heathcote Wine Hub is a go-to destination in the Heathcote region. With wineries scattered throughout the Heathcote we recommend you pick some out but also visit Heathcote Estate where several wines of the region are showcased. And here you will find an awesome platter.
A rustic destination right in the main street of Heathcote. You can dine inside or in a stunning outdoor courtyard/garden.
Wine hub in the heart of Heathcote.
Relax outside and take in the ambiance.
Quality platters boasting local produce is the name of the game.
Quality platters excite. Ploughmans Lunch, gourmet pizza, sourdough toasties, washed down with a glass of Heathcote wine. A top notch destination.