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Epicurean Yarra Valley food and wine tour Melbourne Australia

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The 5 wineries we have chosen for you to visit on your Yarra Valley wine tour reflect the very essence of the Yarra Valley. They have been chosen to present the Yarra Valley’s winemakers and compelling family histories. We present the resilience of Yarra Valley wine making families and their travels through the seasonal challenges that goes back many generations. Their persistence and passion saw them build on humble beginnings to become the magnificent wineries they are today. Big and Boutique, we connect you with fascinating family stories attached to this amazing group of wineries on the Ultimate Yarra Valley Day Tour.

Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Our day starts at the De Bortoli Winery, a third generation, Italian family owned winery and one of the biggest wine companies in the Yarra Valley. Here we enjoy a hosted tasting of cheese from the De Bortoli Cheese Maturation Room matched perfectly with their Yarra Valley estate wine.

Next, meet the winemaker Graeme Miller at Dixon’s Creek Estate. The cellar door, overlooks a working winery and the vineyard provides some of the best views of the Yarra Valley. Dixon’s Creek also has a fine display of Aboriginal Art from the Central and Western deserts and Arnhem Land.

Nestled in the heart of the Yarra Valley is where you enjoy lunch at family owned Tokar Estate or Soumah (depending on season, group size and availability) Here is an opportunity to sit back and enjoy the amazing views of the vines and a 2 course lunch with a glass of wine.

Visit Coldstream Hills Winery one of the most popular wineries in the region where you will be greeted like an old friend and treated to some world class tastings including varietals and reserves. Coldstream Hills is home to Australian wine critic, James Halliday.

The final stop of your journey of the Valley is at 9th generation winemaker Dominique Portet where you can soak in the stunning surrounds and passion of the family owned winery.

THE INCLUSIONS

  • Pick up from the door of your Melbourne hotel or St Pauls Cathedral at 9-930am. Airport Transfers can also be arranged.
  • Local and international cheeses to compliment the wine tasting at De Bortoli Winery
  • Meet the winemaker, Graeme Miller at Dixon’s Creek Estate
  • Lunch at family owned and operated Tokar Estate, Soumah or Ezard at Levantine Hill including entree and main course and a glass of wine.
  • Cellar door tasting at Coldstream Hills Winery including varietals, reserve wines and single vineyard wines when available.
  • Dominique Portet cellar door tasting
  • Return to your hotel door or pickup location by 5-5.30pm

De Bortoli Winery

De Bortoli Winery, a third generation, Italian family owned winery. From its vineyards in this premium wine growing region and their vineyards in New South Wales, De Bortoli produces a wide range of award winning wines including the world acclaimed, award winning range of premium Fortified Wines. Enjoy a hosted tasting of cheese from their own Cheese Maturation Room, matched perfectly with their Yarra Valley estate wine.

Dixons Creek Estate

Unique “Meet the Winemaker” Graeme Miller at Dixon’s Creek Estate. The Cellar Door, situated on the vineyard, provides some of the best views of the Yarra Valley, as well as direct viewing of a working winery from the sales and tasting area. It also has a fine display of Aboriginal Art from the Central and Western deserts and Arnhem Land. Graeme is a pioneer of the Yarra Valley and an authority on local history, vines, wine and everything in between. For a unique souvenir Graeme will autograph your bottle and may even pose for a photo if you ask him nicely.

Lunch at Tokar Estate or Soumah

Tokar Estate and Soumah are wonderful lunch destinations and provides the option of alfresco dining in warmer weather with a full al la carte menu to choice from. Both are long time favorites for locals and international travellers with what is considered to be warm and inviting service and the very best local produce. Your main meal is served with a perfectly matched glass of wine. Gluten free and vegetarian palates are catered for. Please let us know in advance.

Coldstream Hills Winery

Since its first vintage in 1985, Coldstream Hills has built an enviable reputation for producing outstanding and distinctive wines from the Yarra Valley; in particular the hero varieties of the region, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. We will enjoy an extensive wine tasting including their award winning varietals and reserves whilst admiring the stunning view of the vines below.

Dominique Portet Winery

Making wine is, and has always been a family affair for the Portets. Now as tenth generation winemaker Ben Portet continues the family legacy dating back to 18th century France. Our last stop on the Yarra Valley food and wine journey is a relaxed cellar door tasting in a setting that captures the essence and beauty of the Yarra Valley.

This activity is available as part of one of our Custom Itineraries or holidays, please visit our home page to learn more about how we can help you with your holiday.

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