Welcome to Winery Tourist, a website documenting the explorations of the Yarra Valley wine region, one cellar door at a time.  

My name is Mat Coolahan I am the guy behind Winery Tourist.  I consider myself a 'wine fan' as distinct from the  legitimate experts out there.  My introduction to wine came at the age of 18 in hospitality school when required to take a course titled oenology, the world that opened as a result led to a second course in gastronomy and wine matching. Since then my enjoyment of wine has been isolated to domestic opportunism, the selection of what will we have with dinner.

Whilst seeking a creative outlet (amateur photography and writing) I stumbled upon stories of people who set themselves objectives - creative projects to complete.  Such as visiting every country in the world and blog about it.

The idea behind Winery Tourist is to visit every cellar door open to the public within the Yarra Valley wine region.  Compiling a list of wineries within the valley identified 130 vineyards with 60 wineries offering a cellar door open to the public.

Whilst the scope of the project is focused on wineries, I intent to document the little gems discovered along the way, such as great cafe's, restaurants, pubs, micro breweries, fromageries, fresh produce etc.  I will 'road test' a selection of winery tour's and compare for value and experience.

If you have any enquiries or wish to reach me, please contact me

Hope you enjoy the journey, and see you in a cellar door soon.

Yarra Valley Wineries with Cellar Doors


  •  Acacia Ridge Yarra Valley
  •  Allinda Winery
  •  Badger's Brook
  •  Balgownie Estate
  •  Bianchet Winery 
  • Billanook Estate 
  • Boat O’Craigo  
  • Brammar Estate Winery
  • Brumfield Winery
  • Bulong Estate
  • Carlei Green Vineyards
  • Coldstream Hills 
  • Coombe Farm
  • D'Angelo Estate
  • De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate
  • Domaine Chandon 
  • Dominique Portet
  • Eltham Vineyards / Shaws Road
  • Fergusson Winery and Restaurant
  • Five Oaks Vineyard
  • Halcyon Daze Vineyard
  • Helens Hill Estate
  • Immerse
  • Innocent Bystander  / Giant Steps
  • Kellybrook
  • Killara Park Estate
  • Long Gully Estate
  • Lovegrove Winery 
  • Maddens Rise Wines
  • Mandala Wines
  • Medhurst Wines