- Sep, 08 2018
3 or 4 guests $185.00 AUD per person all inclusive
5 to 7 guests $175.00 AUD per person all inclusive
8 to 11 guests $165.00 AUD per person all inclusive
A Private Yarra Valley wine tour means that you can set your own pace. You are also able to tailor the tour to suit your preferences for wine, food and sightseeing in the region. The Yarra Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful region just over an hour from the City Centre. It is home to over 80 cellar doors (tasting rooms) offering a range of varietals with the main plantings in the region being Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with lots of Sparkling wine options along the way. The stunning rural landscape is peppered with a variety of farming pursuits including cows, sheep, berries, fruit and vegetable production set amongst the rolling hills of the valley. The Yarra River, historically the Yarra Yarra River meanders through the region adding yet another gem on this journey
Kate Goodman – Goodman Wines
After just 30 minutes after being picked up you will be in the countryside en route to the Yarra Valley Wine region. The journey takes in the neighboring townships of Warrandyte where the rural landscape is dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through the Warrandyte Gorge. and Kangaroo Valley, which as its name suggests is home to a mob of kangaroos that you will see in a natural bush setting.
Syd Bradford-Thick as Thieves
A Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour also means that you can take the opportunity to experience unique and memorable cellar door experiences. You may have always wanted to meet a winemaker or are interested in the many food and wine pairings on offer. Epicurean Food and Wine Tours, with 19 years of touring excellence under their belt have worked diligently to create winery experiences that will surprise and delight. Epicurean love the wineries in the region that are family owned and operated, pioneering families of the Yarra Valley as they believe this allows guests to be better connect with the region. This includes a cheese and wine pairing at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, a 3rd generation winery and one of Australia’s First Families of Wine.
Another experience you included on your Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour is a visit to the stunning Coombe Estate Yarra Valley. The once home of Australia’s first Opera Diva, Dame Nellie Melba. Set on 7 acres with Victoria’s oldest swimming pool is the lovingly restored home that is open to the public for cellar door tastings, an al la carte restaurant and award winning Coombe Farm 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.
If private tastings are a must do on your private wine tour we will visit award winning winery, Dominique Portet where their Mediterranean style cellar door and captivating barrel room is the perfect location for tasting Dominique’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Dominique Portet himself is a 9th generation French winemaker who now has son Ben as the 10th in a long line of winemakers. Dominique Portet got his first whiff of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious wine properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild. It was here in Pauillac that his father, André Portet, served as régisseur (vineyard & winery manager)
Private Yarra Valley Tour Dining
Your lunch dining will again have you spoilt with the many options presented. Winery restaurants that are amongst Australia’s best with exceptional food and service. Offerings extend from charcuterie and cheese boards to degustation lunch options. Summer Deck dining and cosy open fires in cooler months. Restaurants with kitchen gardens that you can wander through, chefs with passion and local produce that will inspire.
If your day in the Yarra Valley is calling for bubbles we will be driving you along the long, tree lined drive to arrive at Domaine Chandon. In the heart of the Yarra Valley, Chandon have recently unveiled private tasting rooms and a prestigious cellar door. Not to be outdone by the truly magnificent scenery the cellar door is elegant and sophisticated. Enjoy a range tasting of 6 sparkling an still wines or a glass on the terrace. Walk the grounds or take the self guided tour to discover the secrets behind Australia’s leading méthode traditionnelle producer who has been confidently crafting sparkling and still wines that are stamped with their distinct style.
If you feel like leaving the path of wine we can incorporate a visit to the bushland haven for Australian Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Another diversion from wine is Four Pillars a local distillery specializing in gin with a modern tasting room. Another favourite may be the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to finish the day with an icecream.
Your Private Yarra Valley Tour is perfect for a couples tour, a family that want to visit wineries and include some other fun activities or a work group.
All Private Yarra Valley Tours can be designed with you and your group in mind. Prices start at $180 pp and include Melbourne and local transfers
Tour vehicle is luxury 7 seater Mercedes Valente
- Sep, 23 2017
Penguins Food and Wine Private Tour departs from Melbourne daily. The departure time is between 130pm in Winter and Autumn to 230pm in Spring and Summer months. The trip to the final sestination at Phillip Island is 2 hours with some interesting visits to be able to fully explore the region. This allows enough time to make he Koala Encounter and to feed the Kangaroos at Moonlit Sanctuary Conservation Park just an hour out of Melbourne. The Penguin Food and Wine Tour is designed as an up market, high end tour for guests that are looking for a full day out rather than just fillers before the Penguin Parade. Your tour includes meeting Australian wildlife and a Koala photo opportunity. We then visit a local winery for a wine tasting. Dinner is hosted before or after the Penguin Parade depending on the time of year you are looking to tour. In winter and autumn dinner will be after the Penguin Parade and in Summer and Spring, beforehand. This is because the Penguins make the journey from the ocean to the beach at sunset so we allow for daylight savings in Melbourne. We book Penguins Plus seating for your Penguins Food and Wine Tour so you have premium seating to sight the little penguins come out from the water. Dinner is a 2 course local seasonal menu at Watermark Restaurant, Silverwater Resort
Private Penguins Food and Wine
This is a private tour so you and your guests can tour at a steady pace. If you feel like skipping the winery and adding another activity you can do this. Some guests decide to visit the bathing boxes at Dendy Street on the way to the Phillip Island region.
- Aug, 24 2017
Tours for Two is a private tour to a Melbourne Wine Region, namely the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. This tour is very popular with guests who are visiting Melbourne to celebrate their honeymoon. As such the tour is designed to be exclusive, intimate and romantic. There are many “behind the scenes” events during the day. We plan your day with your wine preferences and activity requests in mind. If there is a winery that you have always wanted to visit in the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula, this will be included. If you want to include a Gin Distillery tasting or a visit to an art gallery we can do this too!
The tour is designed to offer an exclusive insight into a world class wine region. You day will be relaxed and well paced. We promise a day to remember for many anniversaries to come.
Honeymoon Wine Tour Options
- Chocolate and Wine Pairing at Dominique Portet Yarra Valley
- 2 course Lunch at Domaine Chandon Tokar Estate, Ezard @ Levantine Hill Yarra Valley
- Cheese and Wine Pairing ar De Bortoli Estate including the most awarded dessert wine in Australia, Noble One Yarra Valley
- Premium Wine Tasting Flight at Yarra Yering Yarra Valley
- Wine Tasting at Coldstream Hills, founded by wine critic James Halliday Yarra Valley
- Range Tasting at Domaine Chandon
- Meet a winemaker, Graeme Miller at Dixons Creek Estate Yarra Valley
- Cider and ale tasting paddle at Napoleone Brewery and CiderHouse Yarra Valley
- Gin tasting at Four Pillars Gin Distillery Yarra Valley
- TarraWarra Museum of Art Yarra Valley
- Yabby Lake Wine Tasting and Sculpture walk Mornington Peninsula
- Chocolate Tasting at MP Chocolates Mornington Peninsula
- Barrel Room Tasting at Queley Wines Mornington Peninsula
- Lunch at RareHare Jackalope Hotel, Montalto Winery and Olive Grove, Merricks General Store Mornington Peninsula
- Eagle Skylift Arthurs Seat Mornington Peninsula
Your private tour includes Melbourne City Hotel/accommodation transfers at 10am with an approximate 530pm return
Tour in luxury Mercedes Valente WIFI enabled, with friendly, qualified guide
The rate of $800 (Australian Dollars) for a couple is all inclusive of 4 winery/events and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine
Please include contact details email or phone so the day can be planned for you by our Tour Director, 48 hours in advance
- Aug, 22 2017
Are you looking for a fabulous gift for Christmas?
Give the gift of a “Melbourne food and wine experience” A Gift Voucher for a Yarra Valley Wine Tour is a perfect gift for a loved one or as a gift to say thank you, sales incentives and corporate gifts. A Gift Voucher can be given as a Christmas present, birthday, mothers and fathers day pressies. Are ideal for birthdays, anniversaries, Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, Father’s Day or family visiting Melbourne to give them the opportunity to visit a world class wine region.
The lucky recipient will have 365 days to redeem the voucher and can decide on another region to visit in Melbourne if they have already visited the Yarra Valley.
You can purchase the voucher knowing that a memorable experience will be enjoyed in the beautiful Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula wine regions.
Gift Voucher Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Visiting 5 wineries and including a 2 course lunch this is the Ultimate Food and Wine Tour. The gift voucher for Yarra Valley wine tours melbourne is $195.00 is all inclusive and includes transfers, all food and wine and premium wine tastings. Your loved one will not need to pay for anything unless they are buying wine they can’t live without. It happens ! We will send you a link to a e-voucher that you can personalise and send as a gift. A beautiful and thoughtful gift to open on Christmas morning and can be redeemed as soon as Boxing Day !
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours Tour Daily so there will be an opportunity every day for guests to get on board with us.
The recipient can book online using the code sent with the voucher or contact us to talk about the tour and their preference for the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula wine regions
Please note that Gift Vouchers are available for all Epicurean Tours private and small group including Tours for Two and Penguins Food and Wine Tour
- 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
- Jan, 25 2017
Yarra Valley Itinerary with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours
The world class, cool climate wine region, the Yarra Valley is approximately 90 minutes from Melbourne, with a beautiful scenic drive through Kangaroo Ground for a siting of a mob of kangaroos in an outback paddock. Epicurean Food and Wine Tours visit wineries with compelling stories and generational history in the Valley. We give guests a real sense of this famous wine region that offers spectacular scenery and personalised cellar door experiences.
You will enjoy the varietals that the Valley is famous for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir as well as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz and the world famous late harvest wines of De Bortoli Estate. The Yarra Valley is also known for producing memorable sparkling wines from Domaine Chandon, Seville Hill and many other local growers.
We have chosen wineries that offer premium wine tastings in comfortable cellar door settings. The wineries we visit offer scenic views over the valley and beautiful gardens. Join a bus for a small group tour with a maximum of ten guests or a private tour in a Mercedes Valente with family or friends, maximum of 7 guests.
This Yarra Valley wine tour offers the opportunity to taste amazing wines, enjoy a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine that is expertly paired and visit Healesville Sanctuary where you can get up close to some of our favourite Australian wildlife.
Pick up from Melbourne City Centre at 915am
Cheese and Wine Pairing at 3rd generation Italian winemakers, De Bortoli Estate
Visit Healesville Sanctuary Entry and includes a Koala Encounter
Enjoy a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine and wine tasting Tokar Estate
Finish your day with wine Tasting at Helen and Joey Estate
Return to Melbourne City Centre at approx. 5 to 530pm
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours include Melbourne City Centre transfers, WiFi in all vehicles and professional and qualified guides.
Contact us at www.epicureantours.com.au/contact for more information on booking