Cover A giant Kaws sculpture at Pt Leo Estate, Victoria

No visit to Melbourne is complete without a vineyard tour. These three wineries are just a short, scenic drive from Melbourne, and have a unique connection to the arts

Pt Leo Estate

Set on Mornington Peninsula, Pt Leo Estate comprises rolling vineyards, wild indigenous flora, its fine dining restaurant Laura and an impressive sculpture park. As Australia’s foremost privately owned sculpture park, the outdoor gallery features more than 60 artworks by Australian artists, such as Deborah Halpern, Bruce Armstrong, Dean Bowen and Reko Rennie.

There are also works by renowned international artists including Kaws, Jaume Plensa, Julian Opie and Antony Gormley. With a prospective programme of future acquisitions and site-specific commissions, the park is an ever-evolving outdoor gallery.

Yering Station

Yering Station’s historic winery building, built in 1859, is a work of art in itself with its rustic charm, high ceilings and white-painted, handmade brick walls. The winery operates as both a tasting room and a contemporary art gallery, featuring works by established and emerging Australian artists with exhibitions rotating every four to six weeks. A percentage of art sales is donated to the Leukaemia Auxiliary of the Royal Children’s Hospital.

If you’re visiting between October to December, be sure to check out the Yarra Valley Arts/Yering Station Sculpture Exhibition, which has taken place at Yering Station since 2001.

Fin Wines

The young winemakers behind Fin Wines are a new generation – and breed – of winemakers. Calling themselves “a fermentation collective”, this boutique winery in Dixons Creek, Yarra Valley have become something of a cult favourite not just for its sustainable, organic, and biodynamic wines, but for its beautiful bottles featuring original artwork by Melbourne-based block printing artist, Simon Bethell.

“I started following Simon’s work on Instagram and had purchased some of his prints,” says Fin Wines co-founder Angus Hean.” He’s such a great guy, and we sort of leave all the design work up to him.”

Bethell’s illustrations are a playful interpretation of Fin Wines’ cheeky wine names like I’m All Ears, Farm Daddy, and Area 51, an “extra-terrestrial rose” that features an illustration of a baby alien that the folks at Fin describe as  “an “homage to Carl Sagan and Sigourney Weaver”.

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