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The Best Cherry Picking Yarra Valley Has to Offer

The Yarra Valley, located in the heart of Victoria, Australia, is renowned for its lush landscapes, rolling vineyards, and, of course, its delectable cherries. Cherry picking in the Yarra Valley is a cherished tradition, allowing visitors to experience the joy of plucking ripe, juicy cherries straight from the tree. In this article, we’ll explore some of the best cherry picking destinations in the Yarra Valley and reveal our favorite.

Cherry Hill Orchards

Cherry Hill Orchards, a family-owned farm, stands as a true gem in the Yarra Valley. With over 85 acres of cherry trees, it offers an expansive picking season from November to January. What sets Cherry Hill Orchards apart is its commitment to quality and sustainability. The farm provides all the necessary equipment and guidance for an unforgettable cherry picking adventure. For a complete day of family fun, they also offer picnic areas and tractor rides. If you’re seeking a memorable Yarra Valley experience with a focus on freshness and flavor, Cherry Hill Orchards is a top choice.

CherryHaven

CherryHaven is another fantastic cherry-picking destination in the Yarra Valley. This charming orchard boasts a diverse range of cherry varieties, ensuring a delightful assortment for pickers. CherryHaven is known for its organic and sustainable farming practices, making it a popular choice for eco-conscious visitors. With friendly staff offering picking tips and ample baskets for collecting your cherries, it’s an excellent option for those who value freshness and sustainability.

Archer’s Rise Estate

For a unique cherry picking experience, head to Archer’s Rise Estate in the Yarra Valley. This farm seamlessly combines cherry orchards with vineyards, offering the best of both worlds. You can pick an array of cherry varieties against a backdrop of breathtaking vineyards and rolling hills. Archer’s Rise Estate also invites visitors to indulge in wine tasting experiences at their cellar door. This distinctive fusion of cherries and wine sets Archer’s Rise Estate apart as a top-notch cherry picking destination.

Blue Hills Berries and Cherries

Blue Hills Berries and Cherries is a family-owned u-pick farm nestled in the stunning Yarra Valley. It offers a delightful cherry picking experience from November to January. The farm’s lush greenery and charming ambiance make it a haven for nature lovers and cherry enthusiasts alike. Providing buckets and a picturesque setting, Blue Hills ensures a memorable cherry picking day. Their commitment to education about cherry farming further enriches the experience. Come check out the Tarrawarra Yarra Valley Winery & Yarra Valley Restaurant.

Naturipe Fruits

Naturipe Fruits is a renowned name in Yarra Valley’s cherry-picking scene. This family-owned farm is dedicated to growing high-quality cherries and blueberries. With a focus on sustainable farming practices, Naturipe Fruits ensures you pick the freshest and most flavorful cherries. The tranquil setting of the orchard provides an ideal backdrop for a day of relaxation and cherry picking. The farm gate store allows you to take home fresh cherries and other seasonal produce.

Our Favorite Cherry Picking Destination: Cherry Hill Orchards

While all of these Yarra Valley cherry picking spots offer an incredible experience, our favorite is Cherry Hill Orchards. Its vast cherry orchards, commitment to quality, and dedication to sustainability make it a standout choice. The farm’s comprehensive facilities, including picnic areas and tractor rides, ensure a complete family-friendly day out. Cherry Hill Orchards is the perfect place to create lasting memories while savoring the freshest Yarra Valley cherries. Learn more about your Alcohol limits here: Alcohol Health.

FAQs

  • When is the cherry picking season in the Yarra Valley?

    The cherry picking season in the Yarra Valley typically runs from November to January. However, specific dates may vary depending on weather conditions and the individual orchard's harvest schedule.

  • Do I need to make a reservation to go cherry picking?

    It's a good idea to check with the orchard you plan to visit. Some orchards may require reservations, especially during peak picking times, to ensure they can accommodate visitors.

  • What should I wear for cherry picking?

    Wear comfortable clothing suitable for outdoor activities. Sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses are recommended to protect yourself from the sun. Closed-toe shoes with good grip are also essential as orchard terrain can be uneven.

  • Are there age restrictions for cherry picking?

    Most orchards welcome visitors of all ages. Cherry picking is a family-friendly activity, and children can have a great time picking cherries. However, it's important to supervise young children to ensure their safety around cherry trees.

  • What do I need to bring for cherry picking?

    Orchards typically provide baskets or containers for collecting cherries. You may want to bring your own sunscreen, water, and snacks for added comfort during your visit.

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SARAH FAGAN

WINEMAKER

We are thrilled to announce that the incredibly talented Yarra Valley winemaker Sarah Fagan will commence as the Tarrawarra Estate Winemaker on Monday 11th September.

Sarah brings twenty years of winemaking experience and a love for our beautiful region from a long and loyal tenure at De Bortoli Yarra Valley, where she joined as a casual vintage worker in 2003 and progressed through the ranks to her most recent role as Senior Winemaker.

“I have thoroughly enjoyed my journey at De Bortoli and I am proud of the wines we have made over my time of working with their vineyards. TarraWarra Estate has always carved its own independent path here in the Yarra Valley and I look forward to continuing this tradition and embracing change and the development of TarraWarra Estate into the future”, says Sarah.

Tarrawarra Estate, was founded by Eva and Marc Besen in 1983 and the family philosophy has always been rooted in respect for excellence, provenance, and sustainability, with the vision to ‘produce wines of great quality and integrity, amidst a location of beauty and welcome.’

Sarah will be responsible for all aspects of Tarrawarra Estate winemaking and winery operations. As an experienced wine judge, with a refined palate and particular appreciation for cool-climate winemaking from regions all over the world, she is perfectly placed to deliver on the philosophy and drive Tarrawarra Estate’s wines to a new level of success and recognition.

Samantha Isherwood, General Manager, says:
“We are absolutely delighted that Sarah has chosen the Tarrawarra Estate role as the opportunity to spread her wings, we welcome her to the production team and look forward to seeing her personal stamp on future Tarrawarra Estate vintages.”