Tour ID: 10052915
Just imagine sipping on world-renowned white, red and sparkling wine varieties and crisp ciders as friendly winemakers and storekeepers welcome you with lovingly produced gourmet cheese, chocolate and fresh locally-grown food.
• Wine tastings at three Yarra Valley wineries, plus Napoleone & Co cider tastings
• You’ll visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Gateway Estate Farmhouse
• Scrumptious local snacks for morning tea. Picnic lunch at a winery. Crackers, cheese and delicious gourmet snacks for afternoon tea
• Visit historic Healesville with time to explore the town’s boutique shops, candy store and galleries
You’ll start this gastronomical adventure in Melbourne City, with pickups at St Paul's Cathedral on the corner of Flinders and Swanston Street at 7:45, or with complimentary accommodation pickups from Melbourne, Southbank, St Kilda, Docklands and South Yarra. Take your turn, with new friends, to wander through the beautiful rolling green hills of the Yarra Valley and peruse just what has enticed the many visitors over the last 150 years. Your coach – with its comfortable lounge seats arranged booth-like – creates a fun, social atmosphere. With a complimentary on-board coffee machine, cool music that suits the mood, new and old friends – it’s just like travelling in your favourite coffee shop on wheels!
You would be mistaken for thinking the very appealing rural Napoleone Cider House and Brewery may focus on wine, but nothing could be further from the truth. You haven’t given cider a try or even much thought? Be very pleasantly surprised, give it a go, and prepare yourself for a fantastic tingling taste bud sensation. With the knowledge of three generations, 100% fresh apple and pear juice grown and loving produced on site, these ciders are full of fresh, crisp flavours.
Indulge in free chocolate at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie while watching French and Belgium chocolatiers meticulously hand make over 250 assorted truffle and chocolate varieties. Drool over the ‘Great Wall of Chocolate’ and walk away with a delicious sweet treat that includes chocolates suffused with cherries, apricots, plums, almonds, citrus and more from the Chocolaterie orchard. And on any day, what’s better than a luscious, creamy home-made ice cream?
Arriving at the Dominique Portet Winery and its exquisite French décor, you are warmly greeted by the dedicated wine making family that produce these exquisite wines with a strong French influence. Learn this winery’s fascinating history in the barrel room, while decadently sipping on few samples and indulging in a French style picnic lunch in the picture perfect gardens.
Next, you’ll go to the Gateway Estate Farmhouse, where you’ll get a chance to sample superb locally grown fresh seasonal produce, such as berries, apples and stone fruit and a mouth-watering selection of assorted local relishes and cheeses. Pick your own luscious strawberries in the hydroponic greenhouse, then sample the smooth ports and strawberry liqueurs and partake in the famous ‘strawberry shot-cake’!
After a fantastic fun filled day, you’ll arrive back at your accommodation between 4:30 pm and 5:30 pm.
All wine and cider tastings
Picnic lunch at winery
Local produce for morning tea
Gourmet afternoon tea
Water throughout the day
On-board fridge to keep your fresh produce purchases cool
Free coffee on-board, and more gourmet delights than your grandmother's pantry!
Approximately 9 hours
7:45 AM Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat, Sun
4.30pm to 5.30 pm return to your hotel depending on traffic.
City pickup at St Paul's cathedral (cnr of Flinders and Swanston St) at 7.45am or free Hotel Pickup in Melbourne, St Kilda, Southbank, Docklands and South Yarra and surrounds between 7am-8am.
Please contact us 24 hours before departure to advise your pickup location.
Warm clothes on cold days
and sense of fun
Not suitable for people under 18 years of age.
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