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Discover the flavors of Yarra Valley on this full-day gourmet food and wine tour. Enjoy private wine and cheese tastings with your small group, and learn about regional wines from your knowledgeable guide and through discussions with local vintners. Savor a gourmet two-course meal with wine pairings followed by cellar door tastings surrounded by the natural beauty of Yarra Valley. A maximum of 10 people allows for an intimate, personalized experience.

Highlights

  • Small-group Yarra Valley food and wine tour from Melbourne and the Yarra Valley
  • Cheese and wine pairing at De Bortoli Winery
  • Cellar door wine tastings at Yarra Valley's finest family owned vineyards
  • Enjoy a two-course lunch paired with wine at Domaine Chandon or Tokar Estate
  • Visit Coldstream Hills Winery, home of Australian wine critic, James Halliday
  • Afternoon tea at 10th generation winemaker Dominique Portet
  • Traveling in a small-group, maximum 10 passengers, allowing a unique and intimate experience

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What You Can Expect

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour

An easy day trip from Melbourne or the Yarra Valley, the Yarra Valley is home to beautiful rolling hills and heritage vineyards renowned for excellent chardonnay and pinot noir. Begin your full-day gourmet tour with pickup at your Melbourne hotel, and then relax on the 1-hour drive to the valley. For your first stop, visit the family-run De Bortoli Winery to taste a selection of award-winning wines served with local and international artisan cheeses.
Continue on to Dixons Creek Estate, where you’ll have a chance to tour the winery and meet renowned Yarra Valley winemaker Graeme Miller. Feel free to ask questions about the winemaking process as you sample the estate’s offerings. After working up an appetite, make your way to either Tokar Estate, Soumah or Ezard at Levantine Hill (depending on season, availability and size of group) for a delicious two-course lunch. Enjoy fresh regional produce and cuisine among a beautiful atmosphere with vineyard views.
Next, stop in at Coldstream Hills Winery for another cellar door tasting and tour of ‘amphitheater’-style vineyards built on hillsides. Finally, visit Dominique Portet, where the same family has been making excellent wines for 10 generations. Sample different varietals from the cellar door and enjoy a refreshing afternoon tea in the elegant Mediterranean-influenced surroundings.
Enjoy the scenic return drive to Melbourne, where you’ll be dropped off back at your hotel in the early evening at the end of your 8-hour tour.

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Itinerary

9:15am - Depart from your Melbourne or Yarra Valley accommodation.
10:30am - Hosted Cheese and Wine tasting at De Bortoli Winery
12:00pm - Meet the winemaker, Graeme Miller at Dixons Creek Estate
1:00pm – Two-course lunch paired with wine at Tokar Estate, Soumah or Ezard at Levantine Hill (depending on season, availability and size of group)
2:30pm - Cellar door tasting at Coldstream Hills Winery and visit to the "amphitheater" style vineyards.
3:15pm – Cellar door tasting at 10th generation winemaker Dominique Portet. Enjoy the Mediterranean surrounds
4:00pm - Depart the Yarra Valley.
5:30pm - Arrive back at your Melbourne accommodation.

Customer Reviews

Jillian R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

Was a great day out with a very friendly and knowledgable guide.
We were able to meet some of the winemakers and the hospitality and generosity at all the wineries was fantastic.
Excellent lunch as well!!

Adrian G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended June 2016

Great fun Good Tour operator and relaxed group of peoiple

Dorit1967

5 star rating: Highly Recommended May 2016

It was a perfect day with our friendly driver and the very nice choice of locations.

nana2

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Best tour we took. Fabulous wineries and Bill our driver was the best. Lunch at Tokar was wonderful. Nice to meet the owners of small wineries and hear their experiences. Only 6 on tour so had a very personal experience. Highly recommend. Could not have been better.

Michael J

5 star rating: Highly Recommended March 2016

Great trip, excellent experience at all cellar doors, great lunch and a small group. Tour host knew the business and made sure that we had a variety of personal experiences and stayed away from the big bus tour choices of wineries.

Julie C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2016

We did our tour on 14 February 2016 whilst visiting Melbourne for the Edinburgh Military Tattoo. The small tour was a very nice way to do the tour, plenty to time at each winery, wonderful lunch, great tour guide, very informative and helpful, and wonderful company.

Michelle B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

If you enjoy wine, you must take a tour to the Yarra Valley with Epicurean. Our small tour group of seven people was expertly led by the very friendly and generous Bill. First stop was De Bortoli vineyard where we sampled a range of delicious wines expertly matched with various cheeses. This was followed by a real treat to meet and sample wines from Graham Miller, a wine making pioneer and legend in the Yarra Valley. Lunch at Tokar Vineyard was completely superb, and was followed by a visit to two more boutique wineries. Don't go with the big tour bus groups - Epicurean's personalised attention and service together with the great company of a small group made for a perfect day! We'll be back!

DW M

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2015

So worth it. Everything about this tour was excellent. Our guide was great and being a small group tour meant it felt more like a day out with friends rather than getting lost in the crowd.

Rose C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2015

The tastings were pretty good, generous with the varieties we were offered to taste. Our driver was friendly, pretty well informed, made us feel comfortable. The views are hard to beat, so just being able to soak that up was well worth it.

Andrew C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2015

Excellent guide who knew the area and was easy to talk to. He went out of his way to make sure it was an enjoyable day for us.

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