Published 7 October 2019

This Christmas treat your team to an experience that is so much more than a meal. In the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges, the team Christmas celebration in 2019 has the potential to be the stand out event of the year.  Lunch, dinner – and even breakfast – can be a reward for a solid year’s work that shows your people how much they are valued.
 

There are many ways to create a memorable experience or occasion. Choose a destination with overnight accommodation – perfect for a getaway event – and bring the trip alive with rewards such as wine tasting, hot air balloon rides, or pamper sessions.

The Yarra Valley is the region to enjoy the very best food and wine on offer and boasts Hatted Restaurants for exclusive dining, sumptuous feasting at shared tables and amazing views in vineyard locations. There’s plenty of country hospitality cleverly combined with urbane sophistication, and if your Christmas festivities are a family affair, plenty of kid friendly/grownup-inclusive activities where everyone wins. 

Whatever the size of your group, budget or dietary needs, these venues will work with you to create the perfect Christmas function right here in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges:

Hatted Restaurants 

Oakridge Wines, Coldstream $$$ - The embodiment of all the Yarra Valley has to offer, finest wines, delightful food and exceptional views. Memorable menus highlight local and foraged food with an emphasis on sustainability and sensory delight.
Levantine Hill, Coldstream $$$ - Meticulous crafted menus for a truly remarkable gastronomic and matched wine experience. Unforgettable dining recognised internationally by the Good Food Guide.

Vineyard Settings

Rochford Wines, Coldstream $$ – In the heart of the Yarra Valley, Rochford Wines will be well known to many for its fabulous wines and acclaimed concerts. Add delicious food experiences, from intimate dining to larger group feasting opportunities and just add Estate wine. Lean into some extra activities such as wine blending and grape stomping – good fun goodness.
De Bortoli Wines, Dixons Creek $$ – Heroing Yarra Valley produce in the Locale restaurant matched with Estate grown wines and unlimited views across the vines.
Wild Cattle Creek, Seville $$ – With a stunning alfresco dining deck and balcony with views over the surrounding vineyards this is a rural vineyard with a modern feel. A boutique winery with Estate wines a must on the locally influenced menu.
Yarra Valley Estate, Dixons Creek $$ – Secluded bushland estate with focus on sustainability, reconnection and corporate responsibility. The Edible Forest onsite provides fresh produce for the dining table with a paddock-to-plate ethos.
Zonzo Estate, Yarra Glen $$ – Gather around shared tables abundant with authentic Italian food, and savour Estate grown wines – with fully adorned spaces with all you need, including private dining.

Modern and Marvellous

Innocent Bystander, Healesville $$ – relaxed cellar door featuring the hero varietals of the region, artisan pizzas and famous share boards in a contemporary warehouse style venue in the heart of Healesville.
The Warehouse at Meletos, Coldstream $$ – relaxed cellar door featuring the hero varietals of the region, artisan pizzas and famous share boards in a contemporary warehouse style venue in the heart of Healesville.
Canterbury International Hotel, Forest Hill $$ – Warmth and elegance combine to make a perfect place to eat, meet, drink and sleep on the outer edge of Melbourne.
RACV Country Club, Healesville $$$ – Indulgent getaways with all the facilities imaginable, including world class golf course, chef inspired menus with local emphasis, and wine selections that showcase the best of the region, all with mountain views.
CountryPlace, Kalorama $$ – Surrounded by forests and gardens, this retreat-style accommodation and conference centre is state of the art. 
Vibe Hotel, Marysville $$ – A stay-over destination with the best regional breakout activities in Victoria. State of the art facilities in a true getaway location – city smarts and country heart.
Marybrooke Manor, Sherbrooke $$ – Exclusive use of venue, designed for social interaction and nature immersion, this grand Tudor style mansion is adjacent to the Sherbrooke Forest.
Yarra Valley Lodge, Chirnside Park $$ – A luxury destination with views across the mountains and hillsides that go on forever. Situated at the gateway to the Yarra Valley, Yarra Valley Lodge close to everything. A full list of facilities on site and capacity for events up to 400 people makes this a versatile and easy choice.
Oscar's on the Yarra, Warburton $$ – A guesthouse with riverside dining and loads of charm.  A hidden treasure that is tranquillity, delightful dining and hospitality personified.
Potters Receptions, Warrandyte $$ – Formal, casual, Potters is as you need it to be. Just 20 minutes from the CBD, think intimacy, local produce and an unforgettable impression.

Fun for all and family friendly 

Gumbuya World, Garfield $ – Melbourne’s largest theme park has rides, wildlife, waterplay and unique experiences combined with tantalising and flexible menus to suit.
Puffing Billy Railway, Belgrave $$ – A golden era of travel experience awaits with dinner served on board the beautifully restored dining carriages that ooze 1920s charm and sophistication. Fun times as you move through stunning bushland scenery, on the platform and beyond.

Country Style Sophisticates

Holmesglen at Eildon, Eildon $ – Award-winning venue with stunning backdrop of natural heritage, a wide range of outdoor activities and local produce-driven dining room.
Rayner’s Orchard, Woori Yallock $ – A real working farm boasting more than 450 familiar and unique fruits to try. Bespoke workshops, dedicated conference and dining space and activities that will bring the team together to eat and be merry.
Yarra Valley Racing, Healesville $ – Catering for large groups up to 450 people, and also smaller groups for intimate gatherings, create your special function exactly the way it needs to be.  A playground for corporate events!

Savvy Christmas Lunch organisers get in early with bookings and secure prime dates in the Christmas season, which commences after Melbourne Cup Day in November. These venues are ready for your enquiries now.