- 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
- Aug, 27 2016
During the week Epicurean Food and Wine Tours offer small group tours of the Yarra Valley with a maximum of 6 guests. Visiting 5 wineries with a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine. Sit back and relax in a luxurious air conditioned Mercedes Valente while travelling to the beautiful Yarra Valley wine region. Our experienced and qualified guide has extensive knowledge on the Yarra Valley and will fill you in on a little bit of the history while discovering some hidden gems. We offer Melbourne City centre transfers departing daily.
Experience the Yarra Valley in style
Epicurean Food and Wine Tours have a passion for visiting family owned wineries that convey a real sense of the journey for generations of winemakers.
Your day in the Yarra Valley begins at third generation family owned winery De Bortoli Estate. Here you will enjoy an informative cheese and wine pairing to discover which international and local cheeses best match the specially chosen De Bortoli wines.
Meet the winemaker, Graeme Miller at Dixon’s Creek Estate, an outstanding boutique winery noted for its superb wines. With a cellar door view overlooking a working winery.
Experience a slice of Mediterranean life in the heart of the Yarra Valley. Relax with a 2 course lunch and a glass of wine served at Tokar Estate, Soumah or Levantine Hill.
Dominique Portet, 9th and 10th generation french winemakers offer beautifully crafted wines including their signature Fontayne Rose.
Last stop is Helen and Joeys Estate where you will taste delicious wine and soak up the views of the Yarra Valley
Book here to experience beautiful food and wine on this small group wine tour or contact us on 03 9598 0943 with any enquiries.
- Aug, 20 2016
Yarra Valley Wineries – The History
Yarra Valley is a beautiful cool climate wine region. Guests that come into the region for the first time will often enquire about how it came to now be home for over 80 wineries and the production of world class chardonnay, pinot noirs and sparkling wines. It is the history of the region that offers great stories of families hard work, dedication and passion for wine that you will hear that make Yarra Valley Wine Tours very popular today.
The Yarra Valley has a long history that includes a ’60’s re-resurgence to see it become the world class wine region that it is today.
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s first wine growing district with vines planted just a few hundred metres from the Yarra River by the Scottish Ryrie Brothers who came down from NSW in 1838. Vines were planted at the property named Chateau Yering.
By 1890 Victoria produced almost 60% of all Australian wine, more than all other states put together. The de Castella’s and de Pury families were notable early settlers in the region who exported wine into European and British markets and won many international awards. However, the love of wine is not what it is today and palates were more in tune with stronger fortified wines than table wines. By 1921 the Yarra Valley had stopped wine production altogether and replaced vines with more profitable farming pursuits, mainly dairying.
Replanting began in the 1960’s with Wantirna Estate being the first of the new generation then followed by Yarra Yering, Warramate, Seville Estate, Mount Mary, Yarra Burn, St Huberts, Yeringberg, Fergussons and Chateau Yarrinya. In 1978 Chateau Yarrinya under the flagship of Graeme Miller, now owner and winemaker at Dixon’s Creek Estate won Yarra Valleys first Jimmy Watson trophy. This is now home to De Bortoli Estate. Other notable developments included the Besen Family founded TarraWarra in 1982 and James Halliday also making the journey down from NSW to start Coldstream Hills. In 1986 Moet et Chandon set up their only Australian winery Domaine Chandon, buying an old dairy farm “GreenPoint”.1989 saw vines re-planted at Yering Station. Punt Road, Rochford and Sticks were established between 1990 and 2000. Dominique Portet founded in 2000 is a 9th generation winemaker who with son Ben will continue this great tradition of winemaking in the Yarra Valley. In 2006 Giant Steps/Innocent Bystander is built in Healesville becoming the first operational Yarra Valley winery to open in a town centre.
- Sep, 09 2014
Yarra Valley Wine Tour-Departing Melbourne
The sun is again bursting over the Yarra Valley! With the sun come many more people venturing an hour out of Melbourne city to this beautiful wine region.
Home to a thriving wine growing industry, the Yarra Valley is where winemaking began in Victoria and today is close to 100 cellar doors. Yarra Valley is the name given to the region surrounding the Yarra River in Victoria. It is most famous for its high quality Chardonnays, Pinot Noirs and Sparkling Wines.
With Epicurean Food and Wine Tours we see a broad selection of both the world class wines aswell as the fresh local produce and farm table fare that Yarra Valley is famous for. We also get a great feel for the local identities, wine makers, farmers and family owned businesses that give the region its character, personality and extraordinary history.
Yarra Valley Wineries
A good touring company can really share the passion of winemaking and uncover the secrets of a region with a small group of like-minded travellers.
From cheese and wine pairing at 3rd generation Italian De Bortoli we went on to meet the winemaker in the heart of the Yarra Valley at Dixon’s Creek Estate. Both of these wineries’ give amazing views of the valley and stunning mountain views. Yarra Valley is also home to world class restaurants and cafes. Domaine Chandon, Oakridge, Tokar Estate, Healesville Hotel are just some of the options available to please your palate!
A visit to Coldstream Hills is described as visiting old friends (those friends that also know a lot about drinking fabulous wine!). This is home of Australian wine critic, James Halliday, and a must stop for wine enthusiasts. The last stop is for another tasting and or afternoon tea at French winemaker Dominique Portet which includes their signature rose.
Taking a tour is a great experience if you have limited time and want to get a cross section of what a region is all about. It also has the benefit of meeting people from other parts of the world so you can share experiences and shared interest in wine!