Escape from the city on the Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne.
My friend and I (who both enjoy the odd tipple every now and then) were picked up promptly by the tour minibus and whisked past Melbourne’s city sights on our way out to the vineyards. Our driver John gave us a quick rundown of the day, which included visiting four standout wineries, and had us all salivating at the thought of a gourmet lunch.
Once out of the city, John took us via the scenic route, past rolling green hills and pretty farmscapes. It was a revelation to this Melbournian, having only driven to the Yarra Valley via the freeway! It was great to just kick back and not to have to worry about who was going to do the driving! A few other locals on the tour seemed to have a similar idea…
Our first stop was the Yarra Valley’s first ever vineyard, pretty Yering Station. John showed us that he was more than just a capable driver by sharing a few tips on wine tasting, while we swirled and quaffed a number of delicious varieties. Afterwards we had time to enjoy the expansive views, explore the old cellar door and the farmer’s market (which is held here on the third Sunday of every month).
Next stop was Rochford winery for more wine tasting and a hearty lunch, then it was onto rustic Yering Farm, a boutique winery with more traditional methods of wine production. Perhaps I was influenced by its charming aesthetics (complete with rusty barn, battered leather armchairs and Ned Kelly posters!) but their chardonnay was my absolute favorite (and I don’t even like chardonnay).
Our last stop was the delightfully manicured Domaine Chandon. After taking a tour through the winery and learning about the art of riddling, we were treated to a glass of the best sparkling with a small plate of nibbles and some of the best views in the Yarra Valley.
I would recommend this tour to anyone. The food was delicious, the driver was passionate and informative and it’s great value for money and a lot of fun. And the best part of all? You don’t have to drive home…