- 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!
- Aug, 16 2016
Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula are world class, cool climate wine regions just an hour outside of Melbourne. Both are perfect locations for a day out with friends, to celebrate a win at the office, an end of year function or just time out together having a drink and enjoying the sights. Epicurean Food and Wine Tours can organise a private tour that is tailored to give you the ultimate experience of wineries both well known and boutique.
Proposed Itinerary for a
Yarra Valley Private Group Tour
Healesville has grown to be a must visit place when in the Yarra Valley. It is the perfect country town to immerse your self with great food, wine, art and wildlife . It is a regional food and wine hub, home to Healesville Sanctuary, Innocent Bystander, Giant Steps, Healesville Hotel, TarraWarra Estate and the new kid on the block- Four Pillar Gin Distillery.
The beautiful estate of Domaine Chandon, formerly a dairy farm is now a very chic and fashionable winery and is the only Domaine Chandon home in Australia. Here you can enjoy a glass of sparkling from their range tasting or a splash of 6 wines at the tasting bar. Then it’s out on the deck for a selfie or two. You’ll see why when you see the view!
Lunch at the very cool Trattoria D’ Soumah where you can dine on the verandah in warmer months overlooking the vines. Soumah is a progressive new winery located in the Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley near Healesville. They specialise in varieties from three distinct regions in Europe & Northern Italy. This is a very special treat that offers traditional Italian fare with wine paired perfectly at the cellar food.
Dominique Portet, a nineth generation winemaker chose the Yarra Valley to bring home his 40th vintage to. His son Ben continues the family tradition. The cellar door is Mediterranean in style and you can sip and swirl their gorgeous wines. While there you can try your hand at the french game Pentaque, one of the few games where you can hold a glass of wine as you play.
To create your very own corporate or group tour please contact our Tour Director
+ 61 3 9598 0943