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Aspiring equestrians and fans of the Melbourne Cup will love this champion racehorse tour, complete with beer and wine tastings. Come face-to-face with retired champion racehorses at the Living Legends stables, and enjoy traditional English tea at a historic homestead nearby. Dig into a lunch of gourmet wood-fired pizza, and cap off your meal with tastings at a picturesque Macedon Ranges winery and cozy brewpub.

Highlights

  • Racehorse Tour from Melbourne with beer and wine tasting from Melbourne
  • Visit the 'Living Legends' at Woodlands Historic Park
  • Enjoy a gourmet wood-fired pizza lunch and regional wines at Gisborne Peak Estate
  • Taste full-flavored classic beers at the Holgate Brewery

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What You Can Expect

Champion Racehorse Tour with Beer and Wine Tasting

Champion Racehorse Tour with Beer and Wine Tasting - Holgate Paddle, Beer Tasting

Indulge your taste buds and your inner jockey with this unique full-day tour. After morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel or Federation Square, relax on the drive to Woodlands Historic Park, home to the Living Legends stables. Here, you’ll have a chance to meet some of Australia’s most beloved racehorse champions, including winners of the world-famous Melbourne Cup. Retired equine residents include Silent Witness, Rogan Josh, Paris Lane, Fields of Omagh, Apache Cat and Better Loosen Up.

Stop in at the park’s 150-year-old homestead for morning tea. Enjoy a teatime view of lovely gardens and parklands, where you may spot native kangaroos hopping by.

Make your way to the beautiful Macedon Ranges wine region for a visit to the Gisborne Peak Estate winery. Taste the rieslings, chardonnays and semillons of this award-winning, family-run winery and savor a lunch of gourmet wood-fired pizza served with gorgeous mountain and vineyard views.

Your final stop is the Holgate Brewery, a classic Aussie pub that boasts the 2008 award for Best Beer Brewed in Victoria. Sample several different craft beers while soaking up the country ambience or lounging in the beer garden, and then relax on the return drive to Melbourne.

Customer Reviews

Katrina F

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2015

We so enjoyed this tour! Meeting all the Champion Racehorses like Melbourne Cup winners Rogan Josh, Zipping and Efficient was such fun. The historic homestead was lovely too, and the Devonshire tea to die for. Woodfire pizzas at the wine tasting then the boutique brewery at Woodend finished off a lovely day. Simon the guide was great and you just felt like a mate was showing you around. Highly recommended.

noel.patterson

4 star rating: Recommended May 2015

This is a very enjoyable and interesting tour for solo travellers, couples or groups. We only had 7 on our tour and 6-12 is probably an ideal number.

The tour operator collected me from my Hotel on time and we arrived back in Melbourne on schedule or thereabouts. There is not a lot of travelling involved and plenty of time at the three locations visited.

My highlight was the visit to Woodlands Homestead including Devonshire Tea in the Homestead and the opportunity to mingle with so many retired champion racehorses such as Might and Power, Fields of Omagh and Better Loosen Up. No horse riding, just in case you were wondering!

Living Legends is a must for horse lovers or animal lovers generally, irrespective of whether or not you have any interest in horse racing. It was an amazing experience and our guide was exceptional. Her intimate knowledge of the horses, their personalities and mannerisms was nothing like I have heard before.

Our last stop at the Holgate Brewhouse was not too far behind Woodlands Homestead in terms of enjoyment. This iconic hotel is charming and was an ideal location to taste a fine selection of Holgates beers. Our hostess was very knowledgeable, engaging and an absolute delight.

The only let down was our second stop at a winery. While the location was very pleasant and the wood fired pizzas for lunch were okay, the wine tasting was lack lustre and disappointing. The only commentary we got was the name of each wine which we could have read ourselves.

Despite this hiccough, I thoroughly recommend this tour.

ELIZABETH F

4 star rating: Recommended January 2014

Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects of this well organised and highly enjoyable tour. Living Legends was terrific. A real must for horses lovers or Melbourne Cup enthusiasts with the homestead and morning tea a real plus. The wine tasting and accompanying commentary at our next destination was enlightening and the wood fire pizza - delicious. Finishing the day in a quiet, country town sampling boutique beers was a happy ending to a lovely tour.

bizoudou74

3 star rating: Worth doing August 2014

This tour was amazing!

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