Rob Dolan Wines

4.7
47 reviews
$41 to $100
Winery
The Yarra Valley truly starts at Rob Dolan Wines. Only 30 minutes from Melbourne, our dog-friendly winery is the perfect place to enjoy cheese and wine, and learn about the Yarra Valley from our Wine Specialists in the Cellar Door.

Rob's philosophy is all about making wine with character; wine with depth which reflects our unique terroir. You'll taste from vineyard sites across the Valley, and learn how location impacts the perfect drop.

Visit us for a wine tasting, or order some cheese and wine from the Cellar Door which you are welcome to enjoy while overlooking the vineyard. If you're lucky, you might meet @merlot_thewinedog - our Chief Cuddle Officer - he loves making friends with our visitors!

Experiences

  • Bean Bag Picnic

    Multiple dates available

    Enjoy a laid-back wine and soak up the sunshine on our winery lawn. Grab a double person beanbag from our Cellar Door and claim a spot on the grass overlooking the vineyard. Be sure to have a look around while you’re here and explore the gardens – although once you’re relaxed in a beanbag, we can tell you - it’s hard to get back up! We'll also pack your wine and cheese picnic style for you. Please note the bean bags are not weather protected and there is no contingency plan for bean bag bookings. In the event of poor weather, cancellations and reservations are encouraged or you're more than welcome to come in and pick up your wine + cheese packs to enjoy an at home picnic.
  • Patio Table | Wine + cheese

    Multiple dates available

    Let one of our Wine-Specialists run you through a table-side wine tasting for $10pp or purchase a bottle and cheese board to enjoy on your visit. Your seat will be outside on the patio, under shelter and next to heating. All bookings may be seated on high tables, contact us directly if you require low seating and we will do our best to accommodate you.
  • Rosé Evolution wine flight

    A$42.00 per person

    Nov 20 - Nov 28, 2021

    Do you generally reach for a rosé? We don’t blame you! They’re (typically) dry, fresh and easy drinking. Want to mix it up but aren’t sure which wines to go for beyond rosé? this tasting is for you. Curated for Rosé Evolution 2021, this flight will feature wines we’re sure will pique your interest and have you reaching for something a little different at the next picnic, barbeque, or just because! The tasting includes: 2018 Black Label Arneis 2020 White Label Pinot Gris 2021 True Colours Rosé 2019 Rob Dolan Black Label Sangiovese 4 x 75ml pours (equivalent to two glasses in total) Including cheese from Stone and Crow, Rob Dolan’s very own Pinot Noir jelly, sourdough crackers and fresh strawberries.
What 47 People Are Saying
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4.7based on recent ratings
4.6
Food
4.8
Service
4.7
Ambience
4.6
Value
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JuliaH
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous venue. We sat outside on the verandah enjoying really good wines with delicious cheeses with bread. Service was impeccable

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Rachel
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great place for a wine tasting and cheese board! Food, wine and staff were all great! This was the second time I have been here and it was just as good as the first. The only thing I could fault was that I wasn't asked and there wasn't a lot of time to order a glass of wine in addition to the tasting, because we took too long to get through the tastings! Looking forward to our next visit.

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Racheld
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

First date out of lock down with my sister 💕

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GeorgeS
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Like being in the country, we enjoyed the occasion so much we almost forgot to leave

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PeterH
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

We sat on the bean bags, enjoying amazing views of the valley. We had a tasting and bought a small cheese platter. Tasting was excellent: great service, knowledgeable and interested server. Cheese platter delicious. All up a great afternoon

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RuthD
1 review
Dined on 10 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous location to relax with friends & family & enjoy local wines.

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Tracey
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Staff are friendly and it is a great place to take your dog. I requested a certain table and they obliged. I will be back!

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MaggieG
1 review
Dined on 4 July 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a enjoy my visit to this beautiful Winery. Welcomed on arrival, shown to our table. Immediate attention from Scott and the beautiful ladies working alongside him., drinks ordered, Cheese platter choices made...And relax....oh and did I mention my puppy Shiraz who came along and met other pups and dogs also visiting. very dog friendly here ... all were so well behaved and fussed over as much as us Humans! It was of course a Winter's Afternoon but there was ample heat from the large wall heaters on the verandah.
The wines are all excellent as are the local cheeses. I'll be back very soon........

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GregMac
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

A bit slow with the initial order but more than made up for it for the rest of our time there. Outstanding crew.

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JulesY
1 review
Dined on 20 June 2021
Overall4Food4Service3Ambience4

Been here a number of times. The service seemed a bit slower than normal yesterday possibly something to do with COVID restrictions. We will however return

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AndrewH
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience5

A great afternoon! As the first wine we were recommended was not to our liking we were not charged for it but I have to say Robs white label cab sav was, as expected, a lovely drop!

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LouiseC
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Superbly crafted wine and a delicious selection of crackers, cheese, and pate served by friendly, personable staff all in a gorgeous, idyllic setting. What more do you need in life?! Thank you Rob Dolan and staff!!!

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SamanthaB
1 review
Dined on 14 June 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Lovely atmosphere and friendly and knowledgeable staff and great wines.
Thanks for a wonderful afternoon.

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ScottB
1 review
Dined on 15 May 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The wine, food and location make this a fantastic venue to visit, but it's the staff and ambience that really make this place. Very relaxed, attentive, and friendly, the staff make it feel like your second home. They were very welcoming of our young boisterous puppy, and they made us feel really comfortable throughout. It'll be a new regular.

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SoniaN
1 review
Dined on 8 May 2021
Overall4Food3Service5Ambience4

Lovely afternoon spent with friends. Do recommend that the winery ceases using cardboard picnic boxes and presents their yummy cheeses as platters. Better for the environment and would look a lot nicer.
The service was excellent though!!

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JulieV
1 review
Dined on 26 April 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

On verandah was lovely with the heater, no wind made it comfortable

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Pete
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very friendly and welcoming staff who were happy to be flexible with our requirements for our grazing platter. Enjoyed their wines out on the patio and look forward to returning.

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MeaganM
2 reviews
Dined on 17 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love it here, it’s my local and never disappoints!

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JenniRobin
2 reviews
Dined on 11 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Great wines and cheese, host was lovely. Took home the Blanc de Blanc and the Chardonnay, and even signed up to the members club. Highly recommend!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 18 April 2021

Thanks for the lovely review Jenni - we're so pleased to have you in the Huddle Club!

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ChantelleK
1 review
Dined on 4 April 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Beautiful views, great wine and value for money with the cheese boards! They were incredibly busy being Easter Saturday but still made you feel welcome and provided lovely service.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 18 April 2021

Thanks for the lovely review Chentelle! We're so glad to hear you enjoyed the experience.

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MayM
1 review
Dined on 17 March 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and wine were perfect. A very enjoyable way to spend an afternoon.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by May! We're glad to hear you enjoyed your time with us.

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Skydog
1 review
Dined on 14 March 2021
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience4

Great venue, for sure, in terms of facilities, grounds, and location.
The biggest failing was there was no option of any kind of hot food on a cold & windy day. Now, while the gourmet "cheeses & cold meats" platters were fine, the absence of anything warming food-wise just soured the overall experience, especially since we had to sit outside (undercover) due to a wedding celebration. If "cold cuts & vino" on a sunny day delight you, then this venue is certainly a very pleasant place for idle hours with friends and youngsters alike. Especially as it's just on Melbourne's metro fringe. However, BYO salami, otherwise you'll be leaving hungry. Oh for at least a simple hot soup or a ramekin pie! That, a cappuccino, and a gourmet dessert selection would have really upped the stars that day.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Hi there, thanks for coming by! Unfortunately we are restricted due not having a kitchen. We suggest one of the many fantastic cafes in Warrandtye for lunch if you are looking for something more substancial. Our winery is the perfect place to taste wines and graze on local produce.

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Millie
1 review
Dined on 8 March 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience5

Loved the wine, beautiful service, only negative was we had to unwrap our cheese, crackers etc and put them on the board

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by, and for the feedback - we're looking into the licencing to be able to prepare the boards ourselves!

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vipOpenTable Diner
3 reviews
Dined on 7 March 2021
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Great staff and very dog friendly. Relaxing environment on bean bags

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by!

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JenniferM
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Excellent service and the wine and food was brilliant. Unfortunately it was a windy day so a bit cold on the balcony but they did have great overhead heaters. So just keep in mind to bring an extra layer on cooler days. They can't control the weather and this is a gorgeous spot - I'll be back.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by! Glad to hear you enjoyed the expereince, looking forward to welcoming you back!

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AmandaM
4 reviews
Dined on 7 February 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Sadly it was raining the day we visited and quite cool but there is no indoor facility.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

It can get chilly here on windy days! Sorry you were uncomfortable. Next time, you're welcome to ask us to turn on the heaters. We hope to see you again.

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DL28
1 review
Dined on 3 February 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fantastic location, wine and food. Service was attentive and friendly, the weather was perfect!!
Will certainly recommend Rob Dolan winery to friends and family!!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by, we're glad you had a great time. Hope to see you again!

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Rebecca
1 review
Dined on 31 January 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

The staff were wonderful and it’s such a nice atmosphere, highly recommend visiting!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Thanks for coming by!

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OpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
3 reviews
Dined on 7 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Went to Rob Dolan for a wine tasting and nibbles. It was a great place, view amazing. Service fantastic, and the wines were absolutely fantastic. The cheese box we ordered was very large and great quality. Highly recommend. The sparkling is 10/10

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

What a review! Thanks for coming by and for the great feedback!

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KarenM
1 review
Dined on 2 January 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous afternoon wine tasting and a delicious cheese platter!!

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Debsy
1 review
Dined on 30 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We absolutely loved our wine tasting and cheese board at Rob Dolan winery. Not only are the wines delicious and very drinkable, but the service was fantastic. So much knowledge and cute little anecdotes shared during our tasting. We left with an armful of wine and full intentions of coming back again and again. Highly recommend putting Rob Dolan on your Yarra Valley list!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

What lovely feedback. We're so glad you enjoyed your visit! Thanks for sharing.

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ChristineN
2 reviews
Dined on 29 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous location chilling on the balcony with beautiful wines and cheeses - heaven !

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

We're so glad you enjoyed yourself. Thanks for sharing!

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AliceV
2 reviews
Dined on 28 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Sensational afternoon. Could have stayed all afternoon. The cheese box accompanied by wines were Stella! Will be back!

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MeSoHungarian
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 23 December 2020
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience4

Our wine tasting took 90 minutes to complete! Far too long for a tasting of 5 wines. We were just left waiting with an empty glass for long periods of time. Tasting pours were also less than generous considering how long we had to wait in between pours. It wasn’t even very busy.

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Sorry you had to wait between pours! We've made some changes to service to ensure a great tasting experience! Hope you see you again.

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Linda
1 review
Dined on 19 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a lovely place to go
Fabulous staff, cheese and wine
Love it

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Tracey
2 reviews
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outlook is stunning, staff are friendly and always ready to help. Wine delicious!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Great to hear!

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LaurenL
1 review
Dined on 13 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Stunning way to spend my weekend with a friend, sipping on wine and eating the most delicious cheese platter.

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KerrieW
Las Vegas
2 reviews
Dined on 6 December 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Fabulous wines, setting and nibble platter all quality products. It was rainy the afternoon we visited but we very happily sat out under the sheltered verandah with lovely big gas heaters. All 4 of us joined the wine club too!

Rob Dolan Wines
Responded on 6 April 2021

Amazing to hear - thanks for joining us!

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ShelbyR
Manchester
2 reviews
Dined on 28 November 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Lovely afternoon. Delicious wine and cheese platter, friendly staff.

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peterl
1 review
Dined on 16 November 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great location with plenty of seating options. Close to the suburbs but quite a rural aspect

FAQs

Rob Dolan Wines is rated 4.7 stars by 47 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.