Around 90km East from Melbourne cbd, the Yarra River begins and produces some of Australia's finest pinot noir, sparkling wine and other cool-climate wines. It's Victoria’s premier wine region and weekend getaway location with over 80 wineries, superb restaurants, national parks and wildlife. The Valley is a large and diverse region that includes Mediterranean and continental climates, elevation from 50m – 1250m and a number of soil types. This is the place to rise at dawn in a hot-air balloon over patchwork fields and vineyards, and to kick back with a pinot noir at world-class wineries.