- Sep, 23 2017
Penguins Food and Wine Tour departs from Melbourne daily. The departure time is between 130pm to 230pm. 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 reet 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
Wine Tour Gift Melbourne
Are you looking for a fabulous gift for a special occasion?
A Gift Voucher 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 and 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 a full 365 days to redeem the voucher and can decide which region to visit in Melbourne. You can purchase the voucher knowing that a memorable experience will be enjoyed in the beautiful Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula wine regions.
Visiting 5 wineries and including a 2 course lunch this is the Ultimate Food and Wine Tour, the gift voucher for $195.00 is all inclusive and includes transfers, all food and wine and premium wine tastings. We will send you a link to a e-voucher that you can personalise and send as a gift.
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours Tour Daily so there will be an opportunity every day for guests to get on board with us.
Please note that Gift Vouchers are available for all Epicurean Tours 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.
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
- Meet the Winemaker at Dixons Creek Estate
- Lunch at chosen venue such as Tokar Estate, Tramonto, Domain Chandon, Yering Station, Soumah
- 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
- Dec, 06 2016
Yarra Valley Wine Tour
With 86 cellar doors and counting set within this picturesque landscape of big blue skies and gently rolling hills, where on earth do you start? Even for most of us wine loving women, 86 cellar doors equals a very big wine headache.
To help you with the decision making, and to ensure you make the most of your time in this gorgeous part of Australia, here are five of our favourite Yarra Valley cellar doors for the ultimate wine tasting experience!
Our number one tip? Don’t forget to tell them you’re a fabulous lady when you visit!
Our 5 Favourite Yarra Valley Cellar Doors To Visit
82 Wills Rd, DIXONS CREEK, Victoria 3775 Open: Six days a week (closed Tuesdays) 11.00 – 5.00pm www.fergussonwinery.com.au
This gorgeous Yarra Valley vineyard was first planted by the Fergusson Brothers, Peter and Michael in 1968.
But today, the estate is managed by the truly fabulous Louise Fergusson! And her sons oversee the growing and wine making processes from their 40+ year old vines.
Not only does Louise Fergusson run the wine business, but she’s also a graduate of the prestigious La Varrene in Paris and her outstanding cookery saw her take home a gold medal at Europe’s Culinary Olympics.
No wonder the Fergusson Restaurant is a destination in itself! Overlooking the picturesque vineyard the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner every day except Tuesdays.
With an emphasis on classic French varieties, Fergusson produce a good range from sparklings through to a muscat.
Starting with a glass of Miss Sapphire NV is a must – as it may be the only bubbly in Australia named after a blue staffy dog!
Then move onto their Sauvignon Blanc or Chardonnay (yum) before hitting the reds. The Louise Pinot Noir is a must try, and then don’t miss the Jeremy Shiraz and two different offering of Cabernet Sauvignons before a Muscat or Moscato for a sweet finish.
Lot 50 Oliver’s Rd, McLaren Vale Open: Mon – Sun : 10:30am–5:00pm.
Tokar Estate has one of the most sensational views of the Yarra Valley in the whole region, plus wines so delicious that they won the Trophy for Best Pinot Noir at the 2015 Yarra Valley wine show.
The best Pinot in the Yarra? That is NO easy feat for a region known for Pinophiles!
A gorgeous, mid-range onsite restaurant makes for the perfect lunch stop. But make sure you book early to request an outdoor table in the warmer months. You won’t be sorry!
It’s not all about glamorous location of course. The Tokar family are seriously fabulous people. Rita and Leon Tokar and son Daniel put their heart and soul into the wines and the property.
They cellar door is open every day from 10am to 5pm.
The restaurant is open everyday for lunch and also on Saturday evenings for dinner.
Joie de Vivre is a delicious place to start! It’s a dry, sparkling Rose made from Pinot Noir & Chardonnay grown on the estate.
Of course, their Pinot Noir is not to be missed, but if you like your reds a little richer, then they also have one of the best Cab Savs in the area and a lovely Shiraz too.
1568 Melba Highway Dixons Creek Yarra Valley Victoria 3775 Open: Mon – Fri : 10:00am – 4:00pm Sat – Sun : 10:00am – 5:00pm www.mandalawines.com.au
Mandala make great wines that are truly Yarra Valley. And if you’re a Pinotphile, you’re really gonna love them.
Established by the Smedley family in 1999, Mandala has two separate sites under vine, both producing varietals that excel in the region. The Dixons Creek vineyard produces sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot noir, merlot, shiraz and cabernet sauvignon, while the second site at Yarra Junction was selected for its exceptional pinot noir growing conditions.
You’ll find their snazzy cellar door and glass house restaurant at the Dixons Creek site. The restaurant has expansive views of the surrounding vineyards and beyond.
They focus on locally sourced, seasonal produce to create an ever-evolving menu.
It’s the Yarra Valley, so it’s probably no surprise to hear that Pinot Noir and Chardonnay are a must do at Mandala.
Particularly the Pinot Noir, where they have a gorgeous range of high-end and single vineyard Pinots. But really, everything is worth discovering here. Their Sav Blanc is a real surprise packet.
All current release wines are available to taste in the cellar door every day, and the special single site wines – including ‘The Compass’ Chardonnay, ‘The Prophet’ and ‘The Matriarch’ Pinot Noirs, ‘The Butterfly’ Cabernet Sauvignon and ‘The Rock’ Shiraz – join the list on selected weekends. Back vintages and cellar door only releases are also available throughout the year.
58 Pinnacle Ln, Dixons Creek VIC 3775 Open: Mon – Sun : 10:00am – 5:00pm www.debortoli.com.au
They’re one of Australia’s first families of wine, and they’re still going from strength to strength! Leanne De Bortoli (and for the record, you pronounce it ‘deh-bort-ali’) and winemaker husband Steve Webber set up the De Bortoli Yarra Valley operation in 1987, which has now grown to 240 acres of vineyards.
We love them for their large range (there really is a De Bortoli wine for every taste, budget and every occasion), their commitment to family and tradition, and their continued striving to produce good quality wines at every price point. The Yarra Valley is not known for producing the best value wine in Australia, but somehow De Bortoli manage to keep their Yarra wines very affordable indeed.
Their cellar door is a must visit when you’re in the region. Not least of which is because in addition to the wine they also have a CHEESE ROOM and offer you the opportunity to do cheese and wine flights.
The De Bortoli Yarra Valley range is extensive, but they also offer tastings of wines from other regions in which they operate.
If you’re planning lunch, then not to be missed is the heart and soul of their Yarra Valley Estate, the Italian inspired restaurant Locale.
Locale is family matriarch Emeri De Bortoli’s vision of a northern Italian-inspired trattoria with skilfully cooked, authentically Italian dishes made with fresh local produce continues to define what they do. It’s all about the De Bortoli family philosophy of sharing good food and wine with family and friends.
870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream VIC, 3770 Open: Mon – Sun : 10:00am – 5:00pm
French style wine from a 10th generation winemaker right here in Victoria’s Yarra Valley? What’s not to love?!
Dominique and his son Ben (the 10th winemaker in the Portet lineage. Yes TENTH!) produce stunning, elegant and flavourful wines drawing on their family’s long winemaking history.
Chances are one or both of them will be floating around the quaint and welcoming cellar door when you pop in, ready to charm you with their wines as well as their smile.
They ain’t famous for their Sparkling Rosé for nothing! Start with that before moving onto their delicious Sancerre style Sauvignon Blanc, and Provincial style, dry Rosé. Those two wines have seen a LOT of fabulous ladies (and lads!) return to a love of Savvy B and pink wine! And they remain two of our absolute favourites here at Fabulous HQ.
Then leave room for their amazing Shiraz, Cab, Merlot blend – which is one of the best value reds in the whole Yarra Valley.
Finally, you can up the ante with the incredible, soft Shiraz sourced from their Heathcote vineyards (nearby) or some of their other premium offerings from their Origine label.
Online Sales Only http://www.journeywines.com.au/
Now that you have tasted your way around the Yarra, how about something a little bit exclusive to remind you how wonderful Pinot country is?
“It is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end”. – Ernest Hemmingway
We love a bit of Hemingway. And we love a bit of Journey Wines. It’s the gorgeous, boutique, Yarra Valley wine brand of super fabulous winemaker Damian North. We love a bit of Damian too. He’s a lovely guy, making some seriously fabulous wines – using only those varieties that the Yarra Valley does best.
His ‘journey’ as a winemaker has taken him around the world, as he’s followed his passion for making premium Pinot Noir and clean, elegant Chardonnay. He’s now settled in the Yarra Valley, where he sources the fruit for Journey Wines from a number of exceptional vineyard sites in both the Yarra Valley and Heathcote, and makes his wines at the Medhurst winery in the Yarra.
Did somebody say Pinot? Yes, Pinotphiles, you will not be disappointed! Damian spent three whole years making nothing but Pinot during his time in Oregon in the USA. Let’s just say the two of them are now very well acquainted. And at only $34 a bottle, it’s exceptional value for money.
Journey Wines also produces a slinky Chardonnay and a super smart Shiraz. Order online and get them all into you.
Got a favourite Yarra Valley cellar door we haven’t mentioned here? Give ’em a shout out by leaving a comment below!