Amazing day! The wines, cheeses, and lunch were delicious, and the views were beautiful. The small group was great - only a few of us on this particular tour and we all, including the tour guide, got along well. We chatted, ate, drank, and laughed our way through the day. Perfect!
My wife and I took the Yarra Valley Food and Wine Small Group Tour on November 9 and were met by our guide Nikki at our hotel.
Nikki drove us out of Melbourne to the Yarra Valley providing an explanation of sights we saw along the way. The group of 5 stopped at 5 or 6 wineries where we tasted samples of multiple wines produced at each and had the opportunity to buy any wines we liked. In the early afternoon, we had a very nice lunch served at one of the wineries. The experience was wonderful and made all the better by Nikki.
We would highly recommend this experience.
A terrific experience with a lot of tasting at 5 great wineries. Bill was a great guide. I would highly recommend this tour.
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!!
It was a perfect day with our friendly driver and the very nice choice of locations.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
Fiona H Australia
Great day out with the very knowledgable Bill. As a single traveller found the company congenial.Weather as you would expect in Victoria in winter but not a problem. Tasted some interesting wines, cheese tasting was great and excellent two course lunch. Updating the tour description may be a good idea as still said lunch at Chandon.
Overall a great day , highly recommend this if a spare day in Mlebourne.
It was a wonderful experience, our driver was attentive and was able to give us a lot of local knowledge. Lunch was a dream, beautiful food, location and people and of course perfect weather added to the occasion. The wineries were great and we were treated with special attention. It was a great day.
Bill is very nice and know the Yarra Valley very well, we had a great day with him and will highly recommend to our friends who will visit the Melbourne!!
excellent tour. Took us th large famous (but not necessarily good) wineries as well as very niche but makes amazingly good wine wineries. Our guy knew what he was talking about and really knew the people, their difficulties and the history behind Yarra Valley and it made our trip special!
We had a fabulous day. Bill our guide with Epicurean Food and Wind Tours was a very nice man and had some great tales to tell. He explained a lot about the countryside and the wineries. All the wines we tasted were delicious and the lunch at Tokar Estate was one of the nicest meals were heave eaten. It was a good time of the year to go as the leaves on the vines were golden and we were blessed with a lovely sunny day.
Sandra G Australia
Absolutely loved this tour. Our guide Bill was very knowledgeable. Stunning views, wine and delicious food. A must do experience
The wine tour was such a fun excursion! Four delightful wineries were featured, as well as a brewery for our last stop of the day. Having only 8 passengers makes this tour much more intimate. The tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. Definitely recommend for solo travelers, couples, and small groups.
We had a fabulous day with Bill. He was informed, relaxed and a good spirit.
We'd highly recommend this tour, and especially Bill.
Thanks for a great day.
This tour was one of the best we had on the trip. Our guide, Bill, was very knowledgable and the cheese pairing, lunch and tastings were very enjoyable. I would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to tour the Yarra Valley. We appreciated all of the history/tid bits of the area during the tour. Our guide made a conscious effort not to talk about the wine during the tastings and allowed the vineyard staff to do the talking.
A unique and fabulous way to spend Christmas Eve! Bill was a great guide, very knowledgable and informative as well as friendly and helpfull. All of the winery's he took us to were very good with plenty of wines to taste and lots of variety. Special mention for the wine and cheese at De Bortelli.
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