It can be difficult to decide what to do during a layover in Melbourne. After taking a shower and freshen up in one of our rooms, you’re just less than a 25-minute drive away from Sunbury’s up-and-coming wine region. Spend this time sipping on some delicious wines and devour a lunch made by some of our best chefs, all while enjoying Melbourne’s famous local produce.
With so many places to choose from, the team at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport has narrowed it down to our top 5 picks of the best wineries to stop by for a glass of their greatest harvest.
Address: 785 Sunbury Rd, Sunbury VIC 3429
Telephone: +61 3 9744 4489
Operating Hours: Every first Sunday of the month
Cementing themselves as one of the best wineries in Victoria, Pat and Dianne Carmody have been pioneers of Shiraz and Chardonnay. For 40 years, the married couple have been welcoming guests from not only across the nation but from different countries and cultures. You can book a wine tasting or winery tour with Pat and Dianne for your next visit!
Andraos Brothers at Olde Winilba
Address: 160 Vineyard Rd, Sunbury VIC 3429
Telephone: +61 3 9740 9703
Since the early 1860s, this family owned winery has been crafting and producing award-winning wine and experiences for their guests. With some of the original wine-making facilities, bluestone brick walls and hardwood floors, you will feel a sense of home when visiting this winery. Be sure to contact the team to book your next tour. Estelle’s Restaurant, which is located above the cellar, is known for its food and service too. Bookings are essential.
Address: 790 Sunbury Rd, Sunbury VIC 3429
Telephone: +61 3 9740 7766
Operating Hours: Open by appointment only
While very popular for weddings, this winery is also known for being a small and homely estate. This winery covers approximately 7 hectares and produces Semillon and Sauvignon Black, Chardonnay, Cabernet Franc, Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Pinot Noir, Roussanne and Viognier and Shiraz. So many delicious wines to try!
Address: 1507 Melton Hwy, Bonnie Brook VIC 3335
Telephone: +61 3 9747 1433
Drop by Galli Estate and see if you can taste some of their award-winning wines! Winning Best Wine of Show and Best Red Wine for their 2015 Camelback Montepulciano at the 2015 Australian Italian Varietals Wine Awards, was what really put the Galli Estate winery on the map. From there, the team has continued to create some of the best wines out of Victoria’s wine region and established their restaurant which is one of the best in the area. Start off in their Cellar Door for some tastings, then indulge in a delicious lunch while overlooking the stunning vines.
Arundel Farm Estate
Address: 321 Arundel Rd, Keilor VIC 3036
Telephone: +61 448 079 585
Set in a beautiful 156-year-old bluestone manor, Arundel Farm Estate has a 150-seat restaurant and a cellar door. At the cellar door, you can either taste some of their greatest years or opt for a picnic in the garden. The picnic basket has all the necessities for picnic: a cheese board and bottle of wine. If you prefer traditional Italian cuisine, including homemade pasta and woodfire pizza, then you can choose to dine at the restaurant. While you enjoy a bowl of homemade gnocchi and their greatest Shiraz, you will also enjoy views of not only the vineyard, however their horses and ponies running freely around their paddock.
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As you can see, Sunbury’s wine region is a hidden gem of the West. Your next layover at PARKROYAL Melbourne Airport will be anything but boring. You will embark on an adventure of fine wine and delicious food, while meeting some of the warm and welcoming locals. Sounds almost as fun as the holiday you’re (almost) on!
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