- Aug, 01 2017
Mornington Peninsula Bathing Boxes, Sanctuary, Food and Wine Tour
The Mornington Peninsula is a spectacular wine region just over an hour from the Port in Melbourne. The journey to this stunning maritime region is a drive down the coastline that includes a stop to see the famous “Bathing Boxes”. The region is an abundance of pristine beaches and beautiful scenery that is also home to around 50 cellar doors producing world class cool climate wines for you to taste.
Your Mornington Peninsula private tour includes a visit to Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park where you can see Australian Wildlife up close that includes feeding kangaroos, a koala encounter and ranger presentations depending on the time of day visited. We then venture into the region that is known for world class chardonnay, pinot noir and sparkling varietals for some premium wine tasting and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine at a leading winery/restaurant in the region.
Your guide for the day is friendly and knowledgeable and has extensive local knowledge of Melbourne (a drive into the City Centre can also be added) and the Mornington Peninsula region to share with you. With a private tour we are happy to tailor the day to your preferences for sightseeing and wine in the region that is popular with food and wine lovers alike.
- Strawberry Picking at Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm and Sweet and Morello Cherry Picking (when in season)
- Peninsula Hot Springs
- Eagles Skylift Arthurs Seat
You will tour in a luxury Mercedes Valente that comfortable accommodates up to 7 guests. All vehicles are wifi enabled and bottled water is available all day.
For further enquiries please contact Tour Director, Nicci here
- Jul, 24 2017
The Sparkling High Tea Food and Wine Tour @ Tramonto Kitchen & Bar (Yarra Valley)
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours are delighted to be incorporating a winery High Tea event as a special addition to the Ultimate Food and Wine Tour to the Yarra Valley.
(Available as a private tour Wednesday to Sunday max 12 guests )
The High Tea will be an elegant dining experience in the very heart of the Yarra Valley at the beautifully rustic and modern setting of Tramonto. Set in Badgers Brook Winery with French bi fold doors leading onto the courtyard overlooking the vineyard, the high tea promises a memorable private dining experience.
The decadent High Tea menu includes ribbon sandwiches, savoury pastries, tartlets and quiches, scones with homemade jam and double cream, chocolate tartlets and cakes and a glass of Badgers Brook Sparkling Cuvee, tea and coffee.
With all their produce sourced locally from the Yarra Valley region the High Tea is a very special inclusion on your ultimate food and wine journey that also includes local and international cheeses and bubbles at every winery visit.
Your day starts at the Italian family owned, De Bortoli Estate where you will receive warm hospitality and taste wine with enthusiastic and knowledgeable hosts. The wine tasting at De Bortoli includes a pairing of the most awarded dessert wine in Australia, Noble One, that is expertly paired with a blue cheese from the cheese maturation room.
You will also visit the very French and very chic Dominique Portet, set amongst the rolling vineyards of the Yarra Valley. Dominique Portet is a family of esteemed winemakers that span back over 10 generations. Here you will taste the fashionable dry style Rose, still and sparkling style that Dominique Portet has been producing since 1996. Fresh, vibrant and elegant
Then onto Domaine Chandon, established in the Yarra Valley in 1986 the site was once a dairy farm called Green Point. Chandon is considered to be the flagship sparkling producer in Australia where traditions hail from grand Champagne house Moet & Chandon. Embracing the cool climate and great soil of the Valley here you will be able to taste exceptional sparkling wines and walk the grounds where there are surprises around every corner.
The Sparkling High Tea Tour is perfect for Hens Groups, family affairs and Corporate/Office groups spending a day in the Yarra Valley
Epicurean provide Melbourne City transfers, luxury air conditioned vehicles, qualified and friendly guides, all vehicles are WiFi enabled, bottled water available all day
Contact Tour Director, Nicci at Yarra Valley Food and Wine Tours
- Jul, 23 2017
Private Tour Phillip Island Penguins
Epicurean Day Tours have been operating the Private Penguins, Food and Wine Tour for just over a year and we still marvel at the cuteness of the “little penguin” The Phillip Island Nature Park is the only place in the world where you can see the Little Penguins in their natural environment.
Private Penguins Tour 2 + guests
The famous Phillip Island Penguin Parade is 90 minutes out of Melbourne,Victoria. You may be wondering why this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Victoria. Also what is it about these penguins that makes them and the experience so unique. Phillip Island Nature Park established in 1996 is a conservation Park with several locations around the Phillip Island region. The nature park is owned by the Victoria Government and is a self funded commercial attraction.
It is also the only place in the world where you can see the Little Penguins in their natural environment. And they are little…the smallest of all the penguins. Weighing around 1 kg with a height of approximately 23cm they are the smallest of all the penguin species. They are also the only penguin species with blue and white feathers instead of black and white feathers. The colour blue offers a camouflage from predators as the dark blue black blends in with the water. The Little Penguin only moves around on land at sunset when their predators are sleeping. Phillip Island is home for around 32,000 breeding adults.
The Little penguins return to their nesting burrows at the Phillip Island Nature Park to breed, raise chicks, moult and to take a break after days spent at sea. They spend 80% of their life at sea. The Private Penguins, Food and Wine Tour offers Penguins Plus seating so you have a vantage point to see these beautiful penguins rolling and tumbling from the waves and waddling up to their burrows for a well earned rest.
To join us in meeting the Little Penguin in your premium seating that includes a ranger presentation to hear more contact us to book. You will also enjoy a visit to a local winery in the region, meet Australian wildlife such as kangaroos, koalas and dingoes at Moonlit Sanctuary as well as a 2 course dinner with a glass of wine.
We tour daily as a private tour with a pick up time (depending on the season) at between 1.30-230pm with a 10pm-midnight return to the Melbourne City Centre
- Jul, 22 2017
Plan your own day with a Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Are you looking to visit the Yarra Valley but are unsure of where to go and what to do. Well, tasting wine of course but there are some many amazing choices. A private Yarra Valley Wine Tour means that you can create your own day and make important decisions like how long should we spend for lunch, 2 courses or 3 and should we include a brewery like Napoleone Brewery and CiderHouse or a Gin Distillery such as Four Pillars?
The Yarra Valley is a scenic drive just over an hour from Melbourne City Centre. Your Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour also includes transfers to a Melbourne suburb so no-one has to worry about getting into the City and can sip away all day. You can also opt for a later or earlier start depending on how many wineries you’d like to get to. Epicurean have enjoyed over 18 years of private and small group touring excellence so you can be confident that they can suggest fabulous wineries and activities along the way. The wine tour is structured so that all guests can satisfy their wine preferences and if any sightseeing that you would like to do along the way.
So nest time you are looking at a Yarra Valley Wine Tour, consider a Private tour so you can get off the beaten track and the set plan and have flexibility in doing what you would like. We promise a fantastic day with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours.
- Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate
- Lunch at chosen venue such as Tokar Estate, Tramonto or Dominique Portet
- Gin Tasting at Four Pillars
- Visit to Healesville Sanctuary
- Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery
- Tasting paddle at Napoleone Brewery and CideHouse
- High Tea at Coombe Estate or Chateau Yering (date dependant)
- Jul, 17 2017
Join Epicurean for a Food and Wine Tour to the beautiful Mornington Peninsula Wine Region. Just over an hour out of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula not only offers stunning views but is also a region of great style that is a haven for foodies and wine lovers alike. Home to close to 50 wineries that are known for their cool climate Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris and Sparkling Wines amongst others. The cellar doors in this region are full of warmth and character and the perfect place to learn about the great wine from this region.
On the Epicurean Food and Wine Tour to the Mornington Peninsula you will visit award winning cellar doors chosen from the wineries we love. Here you will hear the stories of this region and learn about the wine often from the winemakers themselves. We include a leisurely lunch stop comprising of 2 delicious courses at Rare Hare which is part of the very chic Jackalope Hotel. Rare Hare is a special place that looks like it has always meant to be part of the beautiful backdrop of WillowCreek.
There are many places to visit and wines to taste on your tour, below is an itinerary we have created for some guests visiting in July 2017. Contact us to create your very special day in this fabulous region.
Food and Wine Tour Mornington Peninsula Proposed Itinerary
3 wine tasting at cellar doors and lunch: with an option for an extended drive around the region
930am pick up from Melbourne City Centre Accommodation
10.45am Stonier Wines for a cheese platter and wine tasting
12 noon Wine tasting at Willow Creek Winery (part of Jackalope Hotel/RareHare) followed by a 2 or 3 course lunch with a glass of wine at Rare Hare
3pm T’Gallant for wine tasting
Also include a short drive to Flinders Beach, Merricks Beach or Port Leo with beautiful views of Westernport Bay -walk along the pier or wander along the main street (art galleries, ice-cream shops etc) or to Arthurs Seat Chairlift.
5-530pm Return to Melbourne City Centre
Please contact Tour Director, Nicci for more information on 03 9598 0943