Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Gin Tasting

Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Four Pillars

We know Gin falls into the category of drinks not wine but Four Pillars is such a special place in the Yarra Valley to visit that it had to be included in our Premium Wine Day Tours. Here you can enjoy a tutored tasting of their amazing gins at what they call their little distillery which is warm and welcoming and one you will have on your list to buy as your favourite gin for ever more!

Yarra Valley wine Tour with Gin Tasting

Four Pillars Gin has been at the forefront of gins recent boom in popularity since it started in 2013. The good news is that this iconic gin distillery is just an hour out of Melbourne and a venue that Epicurean loves to take guests.

Four Pillars Gin, a craft distillery based in Healesville in Melbourne’s Yarra Valley. From the original multi-award winning Rare Dry Gin to the only gin in the world made just for a Negroni, from a Navy Strength Gin that is best in its class to the entirely unique Bloody Shiraz Gin. And they are always based on our four pillars of great copper stills, pristine Yarra Valley water, traditional, exotic and native botanicals, and a massive amount of love and attention to detail at every stage of the production process.

Four Pillars was created by three mates and one extraordinary still (Cam, Matt, Stu and Wilma). The first release was a Rare Dry Gin which has gone on to win medals around the world. And in 2019 Four Pillars was awarded International Gin Producer of the Year at the IWSC in London!

Here you will enjoy a tutored tasting of classic gins, signature gins and the famous Bloody Shiraz. The distillery has an awesome vibe and a great place to hang out and hear the success story of this little distillery and discover more about the distilling process.

Join a Family Small Group or Private Yarra Valley Tour Food and Wine Tour Yarra Valley and visit Four Pillar Gin Distillery

Yarra Valley Wine Tour with Four Pillars

Private Group Cooking classes

Birthdays, Friends and Family, Getaways, Food Lovers, Work Groups

If you love food and wine as much as we do, you will be very happy we our collection of Private Group cooking class experiences. Epicurean has researched the best cooking classes in Melbourne for you to customise for your event or celebration. You can participate in as part of a group or a private class. If you have been imagining new ways of connecting with friends and family or have missed a birthday celebration, planning a getaway, a private cooking class is a wonderful experience with food and wine.

We have most cuisines covered in many locations across Melbourne. Depending on the venue and location participant numbers range from 2-20 guests

A tailor made food experience of up to 4 hours that is engaging, interactive and hands on with industry specialists of the cuisine chosen. There is the added bonus of learning a new cooking skill or technique, immersing yourself in a culture

Italian Cook and Dine Mornington Peninsula

Food and Wine Classes Mornington Peninsula

Cook and Dine with a sea view Mt Martha Mornington Peninsula

a repertoire of delicious & regional recipes from all over Italy using the freshest of our local and seasonal produce.


Food and Wine Classes Melbourne
Cook and Dine with a View

Mornington Peninsula ticks all the boxes when it comes to exploring high quality food producers and culinary experiences. A beautiful natural environment with pristine beaches and spectacular cliff tops just an hour from Melbourne. Here, you will be amongst world class wineries, artisan food producers, farm gates, market gardens, eclectic cafes, food and wine classes and winery restaurants all with their own creative flair.

Fare Italian Cookery School, based in Mt Martha on the Mornington Peninsula stands out as one of these unique food experiences. A spectacular setting, warm and friendly where you can combine an interactive cooking class with an authentic Italian dining experience with friends and family. Fare Italian boasts the most enviable waterfront location and panoramic sea views over the from the kitchen and dining room and terrace.

When Cooking and Dining at Fare Italian you embrace the Italian way of celebrating life, with cooking, relaxing, lots of laughs and of course enjoying food and wine with your very own culinary creation of a 3 or 4 course meal with Italian wine perfectly matched .

Deborah is the founder of Fare Italian. She loves to share her passion for Italian culture and cuisine, and the joy of hosting a hands on interactive cooking class of authentic Italian food. Classes can be tailored to suit your group and include, Pasta Making Masterclasses , Long Lunch by the Sea and “Big Fat Italian Dinner Parties”

Deborah manages the shop for fresh, seasonal local produce that makes up your chosen morning or afternoon class.

Designed for any skill level, Fare Italian Lunch and Dinner Cooking classes are fun and interactive, popular with couples looking for a unique local experience, a romantic lunch/dinner cooking and dining, girls getaways, corporate groups, hens, baby showers and food lovers wanting to learn new skills with a hands on interactive cooking experience.

Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Food and Wine Classes Melbourne


Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Herbs and Spices, Walk Talk and Cook

Melbourne Cooking Classes



Immerse yourself in your favourite cuisine

Dive into the rich melting pot of Melbourne’s food culture with Melbourne Foodie Trails










Living in Victoria during Covid restrictions, our kitchen has become a creative space as well as the room at home where we meet as a family after hours apart with online schooling, walking the dog and zoom meetings. I start cooking just after lunch and then I am in and out of the kitchen for the rest of the afternoon, flicking through cook books and preparing some elements of dinner before we meet at the table at 6pm.

Each day I am reminded of how food brings people together and grateful that I live in the great city of Melbourne that rivals any city with its vibrant and diverse food scene with so many culinary experiences to connect with the many different cultures

I’d love to take a sneak peek into a Greek family’s pantry in Oakleigh to be delighted at the incredible flavours that can derived with slow cooking from a few key, simple and seasonal fresh food ingredients

I dream about tasting the many herbs and spices in different forms, blended together, used whole, chopped, grounded, roasted, sautéed and fried with an Indian family in Dandenong.

Or beam me into a bustling Vietnamese restaurant in Victoria Street (where my love for cooking began) with a Vietnamese Thick Noodle Soup called Banh Canh, A simple Vietnamese soup with thick noodles in a rich pork broth that can be made in large batches, not as popular as the Vietnamese soup Pho but its hearty flavour has become a winter favourite in our house for years.

How lucky we are to be living in Melbourne, well known for its cultural diversity that brings people together in harmony with a thriving food scene that rivals any great city in the world. The broad ethnic mix has bought many benefits to this great city including a wide range of cuisines.

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Melbourne Cooking Classes

Foodie Trails opens the doors to learn the basics and share experiences from different cultures with home style cooking afternoons. you also learn about the country and the region through their food, recipes and traditions with cooking classes and walking tours. There is such a range and depth that represents the cultural diversity of Melbourne

Dive into the rich melting pot of Melbourne’s food culture with Melbourne Foodie Trails – a choice of leisurely gourmet walking trails which take you to the tastiest parts of the city. As well-informed guides lead the way, hear the hidden culinary secrets behind new restaurants and stroll down the roads less travelled, discovering the laneway joys of ethnic food stores and colourful spice markets. As well as offering you the chance to enjoy the city’s flavoursome Indian, Turkish and African cuisine by way of foot, Melbourne Foodie Trails also hosts Italian, Thai, Japanese, Sri Lankan and Indian cooking classes

The class is not a cooking course, it is a fun filled informal session where we learn the basics and share our experiences. We are not professional chefs just home taught by our families and enjoy cooking and celebrating with food. Come for an afternoon of fun, and celebration with food.


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Signature Dish Italian Cooking Yarra Valley

Italian Cooking Class Yarra Valley


Cook Signature Gnocchi with Head Chef Fondata 1872

Christopher Lillico will share his passion for Italian Cooking in this hands on cooking class

You know it is a very special cooking class when you can combine an expert chef with the signature dishes of the restaurant visited.

This is what you can expect on Friday mornings at Fondata 1872 located in Kangaroo Ground, the gateway to the Yarra Valley.

Head Chef Chris Lillico, will share the secrets for making the well-known Gnocchi dishes, local favourites at Fondata 1872 in the Yarra Valley. This is fabulous, fun and informative class to perfect your gnocchi making and impress your family and friends at home as you take recipe cards with you after class.

Pan Fried Gnocchi with Pumpkin Sage and Walnuts and Ricotta Gnocchi, tomato Ragu, Fior di latte and Basil

You’re in good hands with Chris Lillico whose Italian heritage and early experiences in Italian and European kitchens helped him develop his passion for Italian cuisine. Born in New Zealand then having cutting his teeth in some of Melbourne’s classic Italian restaurants before heading to New Zealand to hone his skills. Chris travelled and worked through out Europe and Italy bringing back to Australia his love of food and Italian culture.  His passion for Italian Cookery is reflected in the Fondata menu with Gnocchi and one of those dishes that you may remember forever.

The gnocchi recipes reflect seasonal, local produce, made in the style of Nonna and full of flavour. Master the basics of Italian cuisine from simple sauces to pasta and gnocchi making, and make a simple risotto confidently. Once you have the basics down pat, you can experiment at home with traditional Italian flavours

Fondata 1872 Italian Cooking School
150 Eltham-Yarra Glen Rd Kangaroo Ground Yarra Valley
Friday Morning Cooking Classes 10.30am to 1.30pm Limited Spaces
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Yarra Valley Winery Cooking School

Food and Wine Classes Melbourne



Italy in the Yarra Valley with Epicurean


Epicurean Food and Wine Tours love all things food and wine. Over the last few months we have been stepping outside the fabulous wineries we visit and looking into some exclusive cooking experiences available with Melbourne Cooking Classes.

Cooking has become a wonderful creative daily ritual that, well, it just makes us happy!

We have been exploring the many “classes and schools” on offer to enhance your food and wine experiences. Our research has been in the world class wine regions of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula and the bustling cultural melting pot that is Melbourne. We have found a lot and plan to share them with you right here!

Classes range from those led by professional chefs to those run by great home cooks who can share a thing or two about creating delicious dishes for the dinner table. The best part is, each session includes lunch or dinner, so you’ll be tasting the food you just learned to cook fresh off the stove.

Epicurean promotes a culinary day adventure blending food, cooking, culture and wine in a personalized and fun manner.

Master a brand new recipe taught with with local, seasonal produce and be the envy of all your friends at your next dinner party. With masterclasses and hands-on workshops at restaurants, wineries and purpose-built schools, you’ll be making a meal of Victoria’s best in no time exploring organic seasonal flavors from its own garden & small producers in the region visited.

Gather your favourite wannabe culinary kings and queens, choose from an enticing range of classes, and enjoy the fruits of your labour over a feast with a matching local wine.


Al Dente Cooking Classes

Al Dente Cooking and Kitchen Cafe host delightful half day cooking classes specialising in authentic classic Italian cuisine.

Located at the spectacular Billanook Estate in the Yarra Valley you will enjoy a wine tasting to choose a glass of Estate wine to enjoy with lunch

At Al Dente you can master the basics of Italian favourites with authentic cooking as you discover the gastronomic diversity of Italian cuisine. The love and passion for Italian cooking is evident here. The Al Dente Cooking classes are consistently described as wonderful experiences, one that can be shared with friends and family or like minded foodies. You can choose to book one class or the series as you build your skills and Italian cooking repertoire.

Your cooking class culminates in a dining experience of your very own creation with a glass of Billanook Estate wine.



Al Dente Cooking Classes at Billanook Estate Yarra Valley
280 Edward Road Chirnside Park
Friday-Sunday Cooking Classes 







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