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.
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.
* Please note: from July 1, 2018 onwards, this tour will visit Coombe, The Melba Estate instead of Yering Farm & Dixons Creek Estate.
Tour guests will be offered 2014 Tribute Series Nellie Melba sparkling blanc de blancs on arrival matched with a beautiful freshly shucked Sydney Bay oyster with red wine vinegar & shallot dressing.
Guests will then continue the wine-tasting with a showcase of the award-winning estate grown Coombe Farm Wine, approximately 6 in total.