Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour



Yarra Valley Day Tour

Private Tour Booking

3 or 4 guests $185.00 AUD per person all inclusive

5 to 7 guests $175.00 AUD per person all inclusive

8 to 11 guests $165.00 AUD per person all inclusive

A Private Yarra Valley wine tour means that you can set your own pace. You are also able to tailor the tour to suit your preferences for wine, food and sightseeing in the region. The Yarra Valley is a breathtakingly beautiful region just over an hour from the City Centre. It is home to over 80 cellar doors (tasting rooms) offering a range of varietals with the main plantings in the region being Chardonnay and Pinot Noir with lots of Sparkling wine options along the way. The stunning rural landscape is peppered with a variety of farming pursuits including cows, sheep, berries, fruit and vegetable production set amongst the rolling hills of the valley. The Yarra River, historically the Yarra Yarra River meanders through the region adding yet another gem on this journey

Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour

“The Yarra Valley can be summed up in one word: Diversity. Be it variety, soil, micro climate, personality . We have it covered. It’s a great place to make wine”

Kate Goodman – Goodman Wines

 

 

 

After just 30 minutes after being picked up you will be in the countryside en route to the Yarra Valley Wine region. The journey takes in the neighboring townships of Warrandyte where the rural landscape is dominated by the Yarra River as it winds through the Warrandyte Gorge. and Kangaroo Valley, which as its name suggests is home to a mob of kangaroos that you will see in a natural bush setting.

Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour “The Yarra Valley is not only a world class wine region, it’s a scenic wonderland. Full of hidden gems. Food, Family and Fun.”

Syd Bradford-Thick as Thieves  

 

 

A Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour also means that you can take the opportunity to experience unique and memorable cellar door experiences. You may have always wanted to meet a winemaker or are interested in the many food and wine pairings on offer.  Epicurean Food and Wine Tours, with 19 years of touring excellence under their belt have worked diligently to create winery experiences that will surprise and delight.  Epicurean love the wineries in the region that are family owned and operated, pioneering families of the Yarra Valley as they believe this allows guests to be better connect with the region. This includes a cheese and wine pairing at De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate, a 3rd generation winery and one of Australia’s First Families of Wine.

Another experience you included on your Private Yarra Valley Wine Tour is a visit to the stunning Coombe Estate Yarra Valley. The once home of Australia’s first Opera Diva, Dame Nellie Melba. Set on 7 acres with Victoria’s oldest swimming pool is the lovingly restored home that is open to the public for cellar door tastings, an al la carte restaurant and award winning Coombe Farm Guests will be offered 2014 Tribute Series Nellie Melba sparkling blanc de blancs on arrival matched with a beautiful freshly shucked Sydney Bay oyster with red wine vinegar & shallot dressing.

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If private tastings are a must do on your private wine tour we will visit award winning winery, Dominique Portet where their Mediterranean style cellar door and captivating barrel room is the perfect location for tasting Dominique’s signature Cabernet Sauvignon. Dominique Portet himself is a 9th generation French winemaker who now has son Ben as the 10th in a long line of winemakers. Dominique Portet got his first whiff of wine at one of the world’s most illustrious wine properties: Château Lafite-Rothschild. It was here in Pauillac that his father, André Portet, served as régisseur (vineyard & winery manager)

Private Yarra Valley Tour Dining

Your lunch dining will again have you spoilt with the many options presented. Winery restaurants that are amongst Australia’s best with exceptional food and service. Offerings extend from charcuterie and cheese boards to degustation lunch options. Summer Deck dining and cosy open fires in cooler months. Restaurants with kitchen gardens that you can wander through, chefs with passion and local produce that will inspire.

private tour yarra valleyIf your day in the Yarra Valley is calling for bubbles we will be driving you along the long, tree lined drive to arrive at Domaine Chandon. In the heart of the Yarra Valley, Chandon have recently unveiled private tasting rooms and a prestigious cellar door. Not to be outdone by the truly magnificent scenery the cellar door is elegant and sophisticated. Enjoy a range tasting of 6 sparkling an still wines or a glass on the terrace. Walk the grounds or take the self guided tour to discover the secrets behind  Australia’s leading méthode traditionnelle producer who has been confidently crafting sparkling and still wines that are stamped with their distinct style.

 

 

If you feel like leaving the path of wine we can incorporate a visit to the bushland haven for Australian Wildlife at Healesville Sanctuary. Another diversion from wine is Four Pillars  a local distillery specializing in gin with a modern tasting room. Another favourite may be the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to finish the day with an icecream.

Your Private Yarra Valley Tour is perfect for a couples tour, a family that want to visit wineries and include some other fun activities or a work group.

All Private Yarra Valley Tours can be designed with you and your group in mind. Prices start at $180 pp and include Melbourne and local transfers

Tour vehicle is luxury 7 seater Mercedes Valente

Group Private Tour

 

 

 

 

Private Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula



Private Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour

Private Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour

Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley Wine Regions (3 day itinerary)

Mornington Peninsula Private Wine Tour Day 1

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.

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Private Wine Tour Mornington Peninsula

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 Merricks General Store (casual dining)

Built in 1924, Merricks 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

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm

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. Stoniers now can source grapes from several sites on the Mornington Peninsula and acceesing 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.

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Rate: $180 per person with casual dining lunch or $200 per person al la carte dining

Yarra Valley Private Wine Tour Day 2

Transfers from Mornington Peninsula accommodation to Yarra Valley wine region is approximately 90 minutes.

10.30am Cheese and Wine Pairing at De Bortoli Estate

11.30am Meet the Winemaker, Graeme Miller at Dixons Creek Estate

2 course Lunch options (Wine at own expense)

12.30pm Lunch at Tokar Estate al la carte restaurant (casual dining)

Private Tour Yarra Valley

Private Tour Tokar Estate Yarra Valley

Private Tour Four Pillars Yarra Valley

Private Tour Four Pillars Yarra Valley

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 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 Day 3

930am pick up from Yarra Valley accommodation to Yarra Valley wineries

Private Yarra Valley Rochford Wines

Private Yarra Valley Rochford Wines

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)

12.30pm Lunch at Healesville Hotel (al la carte/fine dining)

12.30pm Lunch at Innocent Bystander (casual dining)

12.30pm Lunch at Rochford (al la carte restaurant/casual dining)

Afternoon Options:

3pm Healesville Sanctuary (rest of the day)

Group Private Yarra Valley

Group Private Yarra Valley

3pm Rochford Winery

3pm Coldstream Hills Founder of James Halliday, Australian wine critic

Transfer to Yarra Valley accommodation

Rate: $180 per person with casual dining lunch or $200 per person al la carte dining

 

Contact Tour Director: Nicci Crossing for further details

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Yarra Valley Day Tour



Yarra Valley Day Tour

Yarra Valley Day Tour

How to choose a Great Yarra Valley Day Tour ?

Well, the first thing to say is that there will be a lot of choices available to for a Yarra Valley Day Tour and in all Australian wine regions. Day tours, half day tours, Boutique winery visits, big winery brands, regional produce focussed, Chevvy tours, Private tours, public tours, Lots of cellar doors and light lunch, family run wineries, the inclusion of wildlife and sightseeing and this list goes on.

Choice is terrific but how do you go about making the right decision for the best wine tour for you? Because let’s face it, the last thing you want to be doing on your hard earned holiday is looking down the cellar door and spotting a tour that looks like it would have been a better experience for you.

So what is the right wine tour for you?

Small or Big Tour Group

Give some thought and talk with your travelling partners about what you are looking for on a Yarra Valley Day Tour. Spend a bit of time seeing what wineries and other options are available to do on the day. Then see what tour options best match your preferences and at the price you are happy to pay!

Yarra Valley Day Tour

Yarra Valley Day Tour

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Cheese and Wine Yarra Valley

You will need to understand (on the tour website or by speaking with the tour operator) what number is considered to be small. Some tour operators may consider this to be 24 and others just 4 or 6. It is a worthwhile question to ask if this is an important consideration for you. You may also look into a private tour, pay extra, and guarantee just your group. This will also allow a bit more flexibility in the itinerary and a great option if you have some “must do” options.
Small tour group’s advantages are that you are likely to move quicker as there are less bathroom breaks, photography sessions, cellar door purchases to be looked after that may hold up others. Small Groups on a Yarra Valley Day Tour in busy months make for a more personalised experience as cellar doors can get crowded.

Big group advantages are that there is a lot of people to meet and have a great day out with and they may be less expensive.
Small Group Tours may be able to spend a bit more time at wineries which leads me to…

What’s included in your Yarra Valley Day Tour?
Once again go through the detailed itinerary on the information available to you and determine how much time may be spent at each winery so you feel comfortable that you are not going to be rushed.Does the tour visit wineries you want to visit?

How many cellars doors are visited and what wines does the tasting include?

Is there a focus on food or just wine or any other activities unique to the region?

Does the wine tasting include reserve wines or is there an additional tasting fee?

Are there special inclusions such as meet the winemaker, tour of the winery, barrel tasting etc that may be of interest?

What does the lunch include, are there many choices, regional produce etc?Are the wineries visited by the operator going to present a good cross section of the region?
Then there is the general comfort and general considerations,-hotel transfers or meeting place, WiFi on vehicle, water, timing, dietary requirements, and family friendly.
Tripadvisor and Social Media Reviews

Once you have an idea of the type of tour you want jump on to Tripadvisor and other social media channels and get some testimonial description. I suggest not being put off by any not so glowing reviews unless there is an overwhelming theme here. It is possible that the tour wasn’t the right fit for this traveller as we are talking about here. The key is to read a lot of reviews with your criteria in mind. You will soon see a trend on the “highlights” that are being described from other guests experiences to determine whether this is a good choice for you. Check out Facebook for the same reason where you will also hopefully see lots of pictures and comments and maybe a special deal on the tour aswell!
If you are relying on an agent or a concierge to recommend ask if they have been on the tour as a guest so they can talk about direct personal experience. Even if this was a little while ago, guests will long remember how they “felt” about the experience.
Who is the guide? And who is the tour business?

If getting a good understanding of the wine region is up there for you, make sure you are getting a guide that can share this knowledge and passion with you. How long have they been touring in the region? Do they focus on just wine regions so dedicate all their resources here or other activities?What does TripAdvisor reviews say specifically about the guide? What is the background/special interest after all you will be spending 8 hours of your valuable down time with them. Why have they chosen the wineries they visit?
Hoping this is a help and you enjoy your next wine tour. It is an experience that can create lasting memories of great wine and a great wine region.

When are you planning on touring?

Here’s the thing. Yarra Valley Winter is not as green and lush with the vines being dormant but the upside is that there is no waiting for tasting and no crowds at cellar doors. You will also be touring with less people as there are less people visiting Melbourne. The warmer months on the other hand are scenically pretty but everyone is out to see them, including hens and bucks and leading into Christmas , corporate groups for end of year break ups. So you need to weigh up the time of year and what you are wanting to see and do as it may make a big difference to your experience and how many wineries you get around to.

Do your research!

Have a look at industry websites to see what is available by way of sightseeing and wineries. There may be specials out there at different times and your guide may ask if there is a particular winery you are keen on seeing if there is some spare time or with a smaller group of guests to allow for more flexibility.

 

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