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Italy in the Yarra Valley



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Have you missed a trip to Italy?

“Italy in the Yarra Valley” Food and Wine Experiences

So you may not be visiting the Amalfi Coast or the Venice Canals for a little while but a visit to the Yarra Valley with Italy in the Yarra Valley will have you experiencing food and wine in a region that is rich in Italian Heritage. There won’t be flight delays or jet lag for this journey to the Yarra Valley for an all Italian day with the inclusion of two of the best Italian restaurants to choose from for lunch and 2 premium wine tasting events.

From traditional home style, classic Italian dishes to modern Italian, all food is served with generosity and heart paired with wines that are elegant and lovingly made.

Italian food is the first choice when it comes to comfort and everyday eating, simple, delicious and accessible with enticing menus of Mediterranean flavours, artisan pastas, cold pressed olive oils, gourmet sauces, ravioli, pappardelle and tortelini, arancini, black truffles, local tomatoes and herbs and fresh seasonal produce gown in the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley matches your dining experience with many Italian varieties of wine such as Sangiovese, Nebbiolo, Pinot Grigio, Savarro, Nascetta, Brachetto and Prosecco that can be tasted alongside the popular styles of Chardonnay and Pinot Noir popular in the Yarra Valley.

Italian heritage in the Yarra Valley

Italians have lived and worked in the Yarra Valley since the pioneer days and were part of the district’s early wine industry and made up a large part of the workforce on the construction of the Silvan Dam in the Dandenong Ranges, as well as running farms and businesses that contributed much to the area’s pre-WW2 agricultural industry.

Yarra Ranges Tourism celebrates this rich heritage with an annual event Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao where visitors to the Yarra Valley region can expect a huge showcase of Italian food, wine, entertainment and themed events.

One of the most famous Italian families in the Yarra Valley are the De Bortoli’s, now in the 4th generation and following the footsteps of their great grandfather, Vittorio De Bortoli.  In 1924, Vittorio journeyed from Castelcucco to New South Wales and arrives in Griffith (formally known as Bagtown). In 1928 De Bortoli wines were born with Vittorio crushing 15 tonnes of Shriraz grapes. The Yarra Valley Estate purchased by the De Bortoli family in 1987 is today managed by grand daughter, Leanne De Bortoli and her husband, Chief winemaker, Steve Webber.

De Bortoli Family

Stefano Stefani’s, (Winemaker and Owner of Stafani Estate Yarra Valley) had a childhood was spent in the small village of Lonnano, Tuscany, where he was surrounded by vineyards and olive groves. Stefano came to Australia after meeting his wife Rina and they established their first vineyard in the Yarra Valley in 1997. The vineyards today at Stefani Estate are surrounded by over 300 Olive Trees, the Frantoio variety with an early harvest for a high quality olive oil

Stefano Stefani

Italy in the Yarra Valley Food and Wine Day Tour

Locale at De Bortoli Estate

Italy in the Yarra Valley with Epicurean

Locale Restaurant at De Bortoli Estate

The menu at Locale De Bortoli Estate reflects the seasons as distinctly as the views of the vineyards from the restaurant. Home made pasta and authentically cooked risotto are menu constants while the sauces and ingredients that go with them change depending on the time of the year. Many of our ingredients are grown right on the Yarra Valley Estate.

Trattoria d’Soumah

Italy in the Yarra Valley with Epicurean

Trattoria d’Soumah

The focus is to offer exceptional northern Italian cuisine served in a Trattoria-style dining room. Fresh food quality, comfort and relaxation are key. Authentic fare amongst the vines.  The lunch menu at Soumah pays true homage to Northern Italian Cuisine.

Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate

Trophy Room at De Bortoli Estate

Like De Bortoli Estate we believe that wine tastes better with food so your Italy in the Yarra Valley day includes cheese and wine pairing at this beautiful estate.

Stefani Estate

Cellar Door at Stefani Estate

A visit to Stefani Estate will have you feeling like you are in Tuscany with the valley views and the geese amongst the vines as you approach the warm and welcoming cellar door.

Premium Wine Room at Soumah

Premium Wine Tasting Room at Soumah

The premium wine tasting room, set in a private space alongside the restaurant is where a tutored wine tasting of reserve and museum release wines from Soumah takes place. Soumah are producing high quality award winning wines and importing many Italian varieties of wine.

Italy in the Yarra Valley Saturday August 22nd

Inclusions

  • Transfers (Local and Melbourne City)
  • Tour with qualified local guide
  • 2 Premium Wine Tasting events chosen from:

Premium wine tasting at Stefani Estate, Premium Wine Tasting at Soumah, Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate

  • 2 Course lunch with a glass of wine at De Bortoli Estate or Soumah (depending on availability on the day)

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I’ve discovered that you can define the very joy for a business that shares food and wine with people as it sprawls out of hibernation.

The very nature of this delight, was initially, not so easy to articulate but after close to 4 months of mastering sour dough bread (once or twice) and making many, many variations of Florentines (with an Australian icon of cornflakes) it has come into sharp focus.

It is quite simply the stories of the fabulous wine regions of Australia and how they came to be.

Not just the taste of wine but the taste of the varying terroir, not just the taste of the food but the abundance of the produce and the skill of the dedicated artisan producers.

It is the connection with the families and small business owners that run wineries, winemakers, culinary artists and chefs who feed and nurture their local communities and food and wine lovers hungry to explore.

These stories add an essential ingredient to the life long practice of sharing food and wine Visitors into these world class Australian food and wine destinations leave with an appreciation of the quality, innovation, hard work and determination that sits alongside the beautiful romance of wine and the love of good food.

Yarra Valley's Seville Estate named Winery of the Year

Yarra Valley’s Seville Estate named Winery of the Year

Every great wine has a story, every label, every varietal, every vintage

Every memorable meal has a sense of place and an authentic connection to the region, a dedication to perfect a craft and an ongoing philosophy to refine it.

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Seville Estate

The Seville Estate restaurant delivers an ever changing menu that is influenced by their long history with the Yarra Valley.  Vines were first planted at this site by Dr Peter McMahon in 1972 making Seville Estate a major player in the rebirth of the Yarra Valley.

With unrivaled views of the upper Yarra Valley, over the vineyards and surrounding vistas, Seville Estate are proud of the award-winning wines, consistently awarded 5 star James Halliday rating.

Their long history at this site has seen them develop close friendships with producers and these friends now deliver produce directly to the chefs as they ripen. Therefore, a dish may be available for only a small time as the produce will dictate the menu for the week, month or season.

Bread is baked daily, pickles, chutneys, and ferments take pride of place with locally sourced meats with a strong focus on the Kitchen Garden vegetables and herbs grown onsite. The menu is based on locally sourced produce that changes on a weekly basis. The event menu is crafted around the season and changes with the availability of fresh produce.

Seville Estate Yarra Valley Menu

 

Seville Estate Yarra Valley

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Epicurean Gift Voucher

Give the gift of a “Melbourne Food and Wine Experience” A Gift Voucher Wine Tour for a Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula 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 of the Gift Voucher Wine Tour will have 3 years to redeem the voucher and can decide on the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Both regions are just an hour from Melbourne City. Your day is filled with great food and wine experiences and hosted by a friendly, local guide. Epicurean take the time to understand your food, wine and sightseeing preferences so your day is truly a memorable one.

 

Private Birthday Tour Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula

 

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Visiting wineries for premium wine tasting, and including a 2 course lunch, this is the Ultimate Food and Wine Tour. The gift voucher for Yarra Valley /Mornington Peninsula wine tours melbourne is $250.00 is all inclusive 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.

Group sizes are small, post Covid-19 so we can promise a tour that is intimate and well paced. Your guest can also enquire about upgrade options to a private tour option. Epicurean has wineries we love in the Yarra Valley that include De Bortoli Estate, Coombe Estate, Dominique Portet, Soumah, Rochford, St Huberts, Helen and Joey Estate, Coldstream Hills, Maddens Rise and Tokar Estate.

In the Mornington Peninsula we partner with Yabby Lake, Quealy Winemakers, Pt Leo Estate, Merrick’s General Wine Store, Rare Hare (Jackalope Hotel), Barn and Co and Montalto

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 Voucher Wine Tour are available for all Epicurean Tours private and small group including Tours for Two

 

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Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Birthday Tour



Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Birthday Tour

This is a fabulous tour for guests celebrating a birthday that we hosted to the Yarra Valley. Yarra Valley, just an hour out of Melbourne is a world class, cool climate wine region that is home to both boutique family owned wineries in addition to some well known estates such as Yering Station, Domaine Chandon and De Bortoli. This Yarra tour is well paced and relaxed offering unique and interesting cellar door experiences at each winery visited. The

Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Birthday Tour itinerary below is based on what our guests have chosen when they considered their wine preferences and what they wanted to see in the Yarra Valley.

Guests will enjoy informed commentary of the Yarra Valley wine region and wineries visited as they travel in a luxury Mercedes Valente complete with WiFi.

De Bortoli Estate with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours cheese de bortoli image

Your first experience is a Cheese and Wine pairing at 3rd generation Italian winemakers at Debortoli’s. Taste outstanding Estate wines. Your memorable De Bortoli experience will end with a Noble One tasting, one of the most awarded dessert wines in the world.

Yering Station with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours

You will be welcomed at Yering Station cellar door for a tasting including reserve wines and take a walk through the gardens at Victoria’s oldest vineyard.

Tokar Estate with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours

A 2 course lunch is served at the beautiful Tokar Estate, in fine weather, overlooking the lush green vines. Tokar is one of the local’s favourites in the Yarra Valley where you can enjoy local and seasonal cuisine and a cellar door tasting to match a glass of wine with your lunch.

Domaine Chandon with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours

Private Group Domaine Chandon

Private Group Domaine Chandon

Yarra Valley is home to the Australian based Domaine Chandon. Here you can relax while you enjoy a tasting of 6 sparkling and still wines.

Coombe Estate with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours

Enjoy a tasting before a dessert in the restaurant at the very chic wine Coombe Estate with gorgeous garden backdrops, the former Australian home of opera singer Dame Nellie Melba.

Travel in luxury Mercedes Valente. WiFi enabled, commentary, transfers, lunch, afternoon tea and all tastings included.

Approx timing 930am with a 5pm return. info@epicureantours.com.au

For more information go to www.epicureantours.com.au or www.toursfortwo.com.au

 

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Lady Goes Wine Tasting in the Yarra Valley with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours



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The adventures of an expat Californian living in London and traveling the world. 95 countries and counting! A Lady in London recounts her day with Epicurean to the Yarra Valley

I got a good night’s rest there and woke up to a great little breakfast box full of cereal, milk, fruit, and granola bars. It was good sustenance to prepare me for my day of wine tasting in the Yarra Valley.

I was picked up directly by Fiona from Epicurean Food and Wine Tours, who had offered me a spot on her Small Group Tour of the Yarra Valley. She drove me and a couple from Texas to the vineyards in a comfortable van. It was equipped with WiFi, which I loved, but by the time we got to the valley an hour later, the views out the window were far more interesting.

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Take De Bortoli winery, for example. It is one of the largest wineries in the Yarra Valley, but is still family owned. The cellar door and gift shop were busy that morning, but we were given a special wine-and-cheese tasting. We sampled no less than ten great wines, from an award-winning Chardonnay to the famous Black Noble, which was somewhere between a Port and a Muscat.

From De Bortoli we continued our wine tour with a stop at Yering Station. Their winery was modern and light, with contemporary art throughout the tasting room, shop, and restaurant. I didn’t like their wines quite as much as I had enjoyed those at De Bortoli, but the grounds were beautiful.

I even took a peek at the five-star hotel down the footpath, a property called Chateau Yering. It looked like a British stately home transplanted on Australian soil, what with its sumptuous historic interiors, heavy low-lit bar area, and fine dining restaurant.

The next stop on our wine tasting tour of the Yarra Valley was at Domaine Chandon. It was fun to visit the Australian location after having been at its Napa Valley counterpart in California just two weeks prior.

We sat for lunch in the winery’s bright, window-lined restaurant, which had stunning views of the vineyards and mountains in the distance. My simple linguine with salami, pesto, and chili was outstanding, and certainly one of the best pasta dishes I’ve had in ages. The accompanying wine pairing allowed us to sample everything from sparkling to Shiraz.

After lunch we took a self-guided tour of the winery, where we saw the grapes being brought in by the forklift load. It was exciting to be in Australia during the harvest, and made me feel fortunate to have such good timing.

Leaving Domaine Chandon, we stopped at one final winery, James Halliday’s Coldstream Hills. The small, unassuming cellar door belied the high quality of the wines, and by the time our tasting was over I had fallen in love with more than one Pinot Noir.

Back in the van, we drove to Melbourne, where Fiona dropped us off at our hotels and said good-bye. It was a sad parting after such a great day of wine tasting in the Yarra Valley, but there was more of Australia to be explored.

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