- Nov, 21 2016
Yarra Valley Birthday Food and Wine Tour
Every day Epicurean Food and Wine Tours speak with guests and discuss’s the very best food and wine tour for them. Here is a sample itinerary that includes a visit to 5 of the best wineries in the Yarra Valley. As part of any tour we include lots of tasty seasonal local produce to pair with some great Yarra Valley Wine. Tour in a Mercedes Valente or mini wine bus (depending on numbers both WiFi enabled with bottled water). Let us look after all the bookings and the driving for the day. You can sit back and listen to the commentary on what makes the Yarra Valley a world class wine region. Speak with us today on 03 9598 0943 and create your very own private tour to the Yarra Valley! All timings below are approximate and depend on pick up locations and time you would like to spend at each venue.
If you are looking for a more intimate day out in the Yarra Valley then look at our very special Tours for Two Yarra Valley Tour
Transfers from Melbourne City Centre or inner city suburbs at 9am for 6 guests
10am De Bortoli Cheese and Wine Pairing
11.15am Yering Station Cellar Door Tasting
1.30pm Domaine Chandon Cellar Door Tasting
2.30pm Coombe Estate Dessert
- Oct, 03 2016
Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Amie Hu has kindly let us share her experience of the beautiful Yarra Valley wine region when she visited in April.
You can read below for where Amie visited in the Yarra Valley, her favourite wine and food experiences across the world. Read more about Amie Hu’s travels at http://www.amiehu.com/p/melbourne-maps.html
It’s time for Yarra Valley that weekend in April, catching onto the tail of summer in Melbourne… the fields were blooming in a luxurious shade of yellow. Oh, and it’s never too early to indulge in a drink or two, as Yarra teaches. In fact, wine tasting is a deliriously happy affair.
“Trust me you can dance,” ~ Wine
I was gloriously fattened up during that period of time, from an abundance of awesome food. I regret nothing! Yarra is generally flat, with gentle slopes of greenlands that stretch into the horizon forever and ever. I felt as if I was transported into a scene straight out of Heidi, okay, I know that is set in Switzerland but it sure feels like it.
Yarra Valley Wine Tour Yering Station
38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen
Apparently they are extremely generous with their wine tasting servings – not that I am complaining! 😉 But it is pretty safe to say my ability to remember details just deteriorated from there, so the most striking memory I could recall is that I remembered nodding in approval to Yering’s wines, or were at least, pleasantly intrigued by what they offered. In particular, they had really fancy wines infused with a huge variety of fruity zests – sniff out pear, shortbread, green apple, almond, macadamia and treacle aroma in the Cuvee, and remember to taste lemon, honey, cloudy apple, orange sherbet, and grapefruit while you’re at it. They had about six of those for us to try. Tastings are not charged here.
Yarra Valley Wine Tour Tarrawarra Estate
311 Healesville, Yarra Glen Road, Yarra Glen
2014 Pinot Noir Rosé (AUD22/bottle) from Tarrawarra Estate is the best of their collection. Tarrawarra Estate has a couple of others such as the 2013 Roussanne Marsanne Viognier (AUD30/bottle), 2013 Estate Chardonnay (AUD28/bottle), 2013 Reserve Chardonnay (AUD50/bottle), 2013 Estate Pinot Noir (AUD28/bottle), 2011 Hunter’s Red Shiraz/Merlot (AUD22/bottle), 2012 J-Block Shiraz (AUD35/bottle) and 2009 K Block Merlot (AUD40/bottle). Tastings are at AUD5/pax.
336 Maroondah Highway, Healesville
There aren’t many restaurants in the region, but the most popular one evidently has got to be the Innocent Bystander given the long queues. Time passes quite quickly if you’d put your name on the waiting list and hop to the next bar to have a drink first. They have a hall of fame with guest recommendations, newspaper/magazine features that flaunt how much of a stamp of approval they have from their fanbase. Their confidence shines through their wines as well, which they describe to be ‘reliable, over-performing and eminently affordable, varietal wines’. For starters, we had the Pork belly, chicken liver terrine with zucchini pickles and baguette (AUD13) and the Ora king salmon cured in pastrami spices with horseradish cream (AUD13) which hardly made a dent in our growling stomachs. The pork belly was one of the better ones I’ve tried, nearly achieving the instant melty effect that I love. The Ora king salmon was expectedly really tasty, so fresh and smooth, but I only wished it was a larger serving. Although it was quite a wait before our pizzas came, their Murray River salted frites (AUD7) kept us entertained for a while.
Innocent Bystander has an open-kitchen concept for guests to watch their chefs in action – particularly the Italian pizza chefs doing hand-stretched pizzas. Their pizzas are indeed overperformers, with fluffy and sinful pillows of buffalo mozarella cheese and savoury fresh slices of spicy pork sausage, San Marzano tomato and chilli on their pizzas (AUD24). Switching up with the San Daniele prosciutto, San Marzano tomato, cravero parmesan and rocket (AUD26), both pizzas that we tried were really delicious regardless.
Yarra Valley Wine Tour Dominique Portet
870 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
Dominique Portet is a 10th Generation winery in the Yarra Valley. Its architecture is telling of its historical roots from France, especially its large arched windows that allows sunlight to stream in. One of those we tried include the 2014 Fontaine Rosé which is distinctively bright salmon in color, with a celebratory blend of merlot (50%), shiraz (30%) and carbenet (20%). It is refreshing yet creamy, wonderful to enjoy during lunch just before a siesta, isn’t it?
Yarra Valley Wine Tour Domaine Chandon
727 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream
I have given up on drinking by now because it was quite an overkill after so many stops.. so I’ve retreated to photo-taking outside Domaine Chandon (the rest who continued their wine tasting adventures did mention they enjoy this stop the most). Right outside Domaine Chandon is a sizable amount of grape vineyards, you can simply find a lounge chair and watch the planes go by. Most people would also make a stop halfway to the
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
35 Old Healesville Rd, Yarra Glen
so that’s something you can consider if you’re planning for a trip to the Yarra Valley.
- Aug, 15 2016
A Christmas Party Wine Tour will be your best idea all year
So you have been tasked to organise the end of year Christmas Party for your workmates, family or friends or maybe its just a case of “Dear Santa, Bring More Wine”, either way:
Here’s 5 reasons to convince you that a private wine tour with Epicurean Food and Wine Tours is the way to go. You can decide on a Christmas Party Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula wine regions.
Christmas Party Wine Tour
So A Christmas wine tour is not just fun. Its heaps and heaps of fun which makes for a memorable day out. Your office will be a very distant memory as you explore some of the most beautiful countryside and breathtaking wine region in Victoria. Vines are in full bloom and the region overflows with festive spirit (and great wine!) Socialise with work buddies while sharing unique experiences at leading wineries at either the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. You can decide on your choice of a 2 course lunch with delicious local seasonal produce enjoyed while overlooking the vines with work mates, friends or family.
A Wine tour is the best excuse in the world to start drinking before midday. (Yum Cha comes a close second) It’s in the Christmas ettiquette rule book. Afterall there are no big life decisions to be made apart from white or red, sparkling or still, chocolate and cheese. Yep all the big ones. There is lots of style involved in visiting a wine region and sharing your love of wine, meeting and tasting world class wine in the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Meet the Winemaker, Chocolate and Wine Pairing, Masterclass at a Gin Distillery, Cheese and Wine Pairing, Barrel Tasting, Sparkling Wine Range Tasting, Brewery Tours are all available to incorporate into your day.
A Wine Tour is Relaxing! A designated driver helps you party another day and this is YOUR day! You get to relax for the whole day, from pick up, your journey out with WiFi in all vehicles and we have you back at the agreed time and place in the Melbourne CBD or inner suburbs. Our guides are friendly and relaxed and can give you as much or little information as you like about the region you are visiting. With 16 years’ experience in wine touring we have hundreds of itineraries and theme focused days for you to review.
We have the best suggestions for your Christmas Party Wine Tour! Did we say 5 reasons why Christmas in a wine region is a great idea? You also get to visit 5 wineries or venues so you see a big cross section of the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. You can tailor the day-Christmas celebrations are all about relaxing so we will give you a lot of ideas that include wine, cheese, chocolate, sparkling, gin, ales and cider. With 16 years of wine touring excellence we have 100 of itineraries for you to choose from. We also see to it that you skip queues and crowds for the best experience
We work within your budget. Even if you have champagne tastes on a beer budget there is a well planned and fun day for you. A wine tour doesn’t have to be expensive and we can give you lots of options every step of the way. We work with your spend and create some enthusiasm for the day with gift vouchers and invitations to all guests once the day has been planned out at the right spend.
Contact Tour Director: Epicurean Food and Wine Tours
03 9598 0943