Private Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula
- Aug, 16 2016
Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley Wine Regions
9am Pick-up from Melbourne CBD Hotel. Travel from Melbourne City to Mornington Peninsula is approximately 90 minutes
935am Brighton Bathing Boxes Port Phillip Bay en route to Mornington Peninsula wine region. Built over a century ago on a beautiful beach are 82 distinctive bathing boxes. Beach Boxes are wooden structures, a popular site for tourists, lining the foreshore at Brighton Beach 30 minutes outside of Melbourne city centre. With the exception of colourful paint the structures remain unchanged.
1045am Yabby Lake Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting
Yabby Lake is the perfect first stop on your Mornington Peninsula Wine Trail. Here you will taste wines that capture the spirit of the region, young and fresh and with great attention to detail in their very small production. The Red Claw label is crafted from fruit on the estate and is available for tasting at Yabby Lake cellar door.
12.00noon Cellar Door Tasting at chosen Winery restaurant
2 course Lunch options
12.30pm Lunch at Montalto Vineyard and Olive Grove. The recipient of 9 Chefs Hats Ratings, Montalto offers 3 dining experiences, al la carte restaurant, casual dining in the piazza and garden café or catered picnics at selected locations around the property
12.30pm Lunch at Epicurean Red Hill (casual dining)
12.30pm Lunch at Merrick’s General Store (casual dining)
Built in 1924, Merrick’s General Store has transformed from a traditional General Store to a epicurean delight offering delicious seasonal food for a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine selected at the in house cellar door. With views overlooking Westenport Bay, the Merricks General Store Dining Area presents with a welcoming deck and a vine covered deck in the garden at the back of the restaurant.
12.30pm Lunch at Paringa Estate Winery and Restaurant (al la carte restaurant)
Paringa Estate is warm and inviting. You will hear the crackling of an open fire in colder months while the sun streams in from the vineyard pouring into the elevated restaurant in summer. Bought as a derelict orchard in 1984 Paringa Estate now produces world class wines in an intimate and cosy restaurant setting and cellar door.
After Lunch Options
3pm Red Hill Cherry Farm or Strawberry picking event (rest of the day)
3pm Stonier Wines Cellar Door Tasting . Stonier Wines was established in 1978 by Brian Stonier starting with planting a chardonnay vineyard in Merricks on the south side of the Mornington Peninsula. Stonier now can source grapes from several sites on the Mornington Peninsula and accessing some of the oldest vines in the region. The cellar door opened in 1991 presents striking architecture designed by well know architect Daryl Jackson whos work includes the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground.
3pm Ocean Eight Vineyard Cellar Door Tasting. Ocean Eight is a small boutique producer, off the beaten track, with an amazing reputation for producing some of the very best wines in the region. Another family owned winery, Michael and Hollie Aylward’s passion for wine can be tasted in every glass.
Transfers from Mornington Peninsula accommodation to Yarra Valley wine region is approximately 90 minutes.
10.30am Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate
2 course Lunch options (Wine at own expense)
12.30pm Lunch at Tokar Estate al la carte restaurant (casual dining)
12.30pm Lunch at Soumah (casual dining/Italian)
12.30pm Lunch at ezard @ Levantine Hill (al la carte/fine dining)
12.30pm Lunch at Yering Station fine dining (al la carte/fine dining)
After Lunch options:
3pm Winery Tour and private tasting at Dominique Portet
3pm Cellar Door sparkling wine range tasting at Domaine Chandon
Rate: $180 per person with casual dining lunch or $200 per person al la carte dining
Yarra Valley Private Wine Tour
930am pick up from Yarra Valley accommodation to Yarra Valley wineries
10am Private tasting at Giant Steps Healesville
11am Tasting at Four Pillars Gin Distillery Healesville
2 course Lunch options incl any of the above in Day 2 (Wine at own expense)
Lunch at Healesville Hotel (al la carte/fine dining)
Lunch at Innocent Bystander (casual dining)
Lunch at Rochford (al la carte restaurant/casual dining)
3pm Healesville Sanctuary (rest of the day)
3pm Rochford Winery
3pm Coldstream Hills Founder of James Halliday, Australian wine critic
Transfer to Yarra Valley accommodation
Contact Tour Director: Nicci Crossing for further details