- Tour: Yarra Valley Vineyards
- Meals: B, L
Yarra Valley Vineyards
This morning your local private guide will meet you and together set out for the Yarra Valley. Located about a one-hour drive north-east of Melbourne, the region is renowned for its cellar doors and delicious local produce. As one of Australia’s leading wine making regions, it is an ideal destination for an indulgent day out of the city.
Begin your day an estate such as Yering Station. Experience the historic estate, the oldest vineyard in the valley, and try some great wines including excellent Cuvee’s and dessert wines. More than just a winery, spend time admiring the art displays, fantastic architecture, and lovely gardens. Other estate we may consider for tastings today include Coldstream Hills and Pimpernel.
Continue on to another estate such as Dominique Portet for a tasting. The Portet family boasts ten consecutive generations of winemaking that began in Bordeaux in the 18th century. Today, the Portet name is most closely associated with the Yarra Valley where father and son team Dominique and Ben Portet, respectively ninth and tenth generation winemakers, run a successful family winery.
After an exciting morning, stop for lunch today at Soumah Winery, a hidden gem, located in the Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley. Enjoy a tutored tasting of their awarded Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with one of the knowledgeable and passionate members of the estate followed by a 2 course lunch and glass of local wine.
Complete your day in the Yarra Valley at an estate such as TarraWarra Estate. Reward your senses with an inspired combination of fine wines and wonderful Australian art surrounded by breathtaking views. Founder Marc Besen and his wife, Eva, planted the first 10 acres of vines in 1983 with a vision to create something beautiful for others to enjoy. Forty years on, the 400-hectare vineyard sits on prime Yarra Valley farmland, defined by heritage and a deep sense of place. TarraWarra Estate is best known for exceptional Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, alongside other single-block heritage varietals and estate blends. You will have an opportunity to taste a number of these wines during your visit.
If time permits, and if of interest, indulge in the fresh produce of the region, heading first to Yarra Valley Dairy for a wide selection of artisan cheeses, and then Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, where you can choose from more than 250 chocolate products.
Throughout the day, your guide will take you to a number of well-known Kangaroo ‘hang outs’ where, if lucky, you will see them in the wild. Alternatively you may wish to substitute a wine estate visit with a visit to Healesville Sanctuary to meet some of the unique and fascinating Australian wildlife including kangaroos, wallabies, platypus, lyrebirds and even the Tasmanian devil.
You will be returned to your accommodation as the day concludes.