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Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

1. Yarra Valley: Full-Day Gourmet Tour with Lunch

Begin your full-day gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley with an exclusive farm gate visit to Yarra Farm Fresh, for a palate-cleansing fruit tasting experience. At this boutique 3rd-generation orchard you’ll sample a range of freshly made juices and learn about the patented leading-edge technology that creates each glass of goodness. You’ll also sample and learn about the types of apples grown on the property. Next you’ll travel to one of the valley’s iconic wineries, De Bortoli Wines, to enjoy a tasting from their extensive range of quality wines. Learn how to swirl and sniff like true connoisseurs, while sampling some of the very finest cool-climate wines. At the Yarra Valley Dairy the amazing products will truly melt in your mouth. The cheeses here are stunning and will have your taste buds working overtime! Stop for lunch at the fabulous Rochford Wines and enjoy choose from four different main meals, with a glass of wine, tea or coffee. Take some time to explore the gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views from Rochford’s famous lookout tower. After lunch, make your way to one of Australia’s great wineries and member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame, Yering Station. Home of Victoria’s oldest vineyards, first planted in 1838, the wines here are of exceptional quality and a tasting here is not to be missed. The final destination is the amazing Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. Here you’ll enjoy a complimentary tasting of the spectacular delights handcrafted by the chocolaterie’s French and Belgian chocolatiers.

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Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

2. Yarra Valley Hot Air Balloon Flight & Champagne Breakfast

Experience the thrill of ascending over a changing landscape at sunrise, suspended in a basket, floating under a spectacular hot air balloon. The cold air hits your cheeks, clouds floating past, the hot flames above warm you up under the morning sky… as you take flight… up, up and float away. Join a spectacular hot air balloon experience with a bird's eye view of the picturesque Yarra Valley (located an hour’s drive from Melbourne) – Victoria’s renowned wine region. Operating 364 days of the year (weather permitting) this once-in-a-lifetime tour experience provides an entirely different perspective of the Yarra Valley, beyond the typical tourist itinerary. Take off on a beautiful hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley at sunrise. The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. See it from an entirely new perspective as you breeze over the picture postcard landscape. Meet your pilot approximately one hour before sunrise (you will be advised of the exact time and location when you phone the duty pilot the night before your flight). Your pilot will give you a short briefing before being transported to the launch site where you may help with the launch or stand back and take photos of the balloon as it is inflated. Then, climb aboard and away you go gently floating over the Yarra Valley as if you were a cloud. It is truly one of the most magnificently tranquil, picturesque and dream-like experiences you can do. Afterwards, make a final landing, pack the balloon away and have a champagne breakfast (additional cost of $35pp).

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From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

3. From Melbourne: Half-Day Yarra Valley Tour

If you are a wine enthusiast or simply appreciate a beautiful countryside with rolling hills covered in vines, take a trip to the stunning Yarra Valley wine region with an expert guide. On this small-group tour of up to 10 people, you’ll taste some of Victoria’s best wine and local cheese while visiting 3 exceptional wineries, each with a unique story to tell and delicious cool-climate wines that are worth the trip. After being picked up from your hotel, you’ll travel less than an hour from the heart of Melbourne to arrive in one of the oldest wine regions in Australia. Over the course of 4 hours, you will be introduced to 3 of the region’s best vineyards. Indulge in wine tastings of the finest cool-climate wines set against a stunning backdrop. At one of the wineries, pair your wine tasting with a local cheese platter of the region’s finest fare. By the end of the tour, you will be quite the expert on one of the world’s most beautiful and delicious wine regions.

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From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

4. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wine and Food Day Tour

Travel to the north-east through the bush laden suburbs of Templestowe, Eltham and Kangaroo Ground to the De Bortoli Vineyard at Dixons Creek. This is an elegant start to the day as you'll enjoy a pairing of selected wines and cheeses. It's then on Yering Station, the site of the first vineyard in Victoria in 1838. You'll enjoy a tasting of their estate wines in the original winery (circa 1859) that also features local artworks and produce. For lunch, you'll adjourn to their stunning restaurant. With its world-class views and cuisine, you’ll have an a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal and glass of wine. After lunch, it's a change of pace with a visit to Payten & Jones, one of the smaller producers in the Yarra Valley. Behn Payten and Troy Jones produce small-batch, approachable wines with a personality that includes the familiar chardonnay and pinot noir, together with syrah and some Mediterranean varietals. The afternoon continues with a visit to the Coldstream Hills Winery at Coldstream. Established by James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on wine, the wines are beautifully crafted and have enjoyed success at numerous wine shows, especially the chardonnay and pinot noir. The final stop for the day is at the charming Medhurst Vineyard. Established in 1999, the family-owned vineyard of 35 acres has a delightful elevation in the foothills of the Warramate Ranges and produces a small selection of elegant table wines. On days when Coldstream Hills and Medhurst are not open (Tue, Wed & Thu) visits would instead be made to Punt Road and/or Oakridge Vineyards.

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Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food and Wine Experience with Lunch

5. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food and Wine Experience with Lunch

Sample local wines, beers, ciders, and sweets on a fun day tour, to experience the Yarra Valley to the fullest. Meet your host in Melbourne at a central meeting point location in front of St Paul's Cathedral, then head towards the Yarra Valley. Next, visit the first winery for a 1-hour guided wine tasting experience. Journey to the second winery for further wine tastings, followed by a seasonal 2-course style lunch with a glass of estate wine of your choice. After lunch, head to the third and final wine tasting location. Once you've explored different regional wines, it's time to visit a brewery for a glass of beer or cider to enjoy. The final stop of the tour takes you to a local chocolate factory and ice creamery for a sweet finish. At approximately 4:15 PM, head back to Melbourne where you'll arrive at around 5:45 PM and be dropped off by Federation Square or St Paul's Cathedral.

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Yarra Valley: Bus Wine Tour with Lunch and a Glass of Wine

6. Yarra Valley: Bus Wine Tour with Lunch and a Glass of Wine

Visit 4 of the regions best wineries in an air-conditioned bus, with a knowledgeable local guide. Stop along the way for panoramic views of the beautiful Yarra Valley, where you will be provided with great photo opportunities. During the tour, you'll enjoy lunch with a glass of wine at one of the stops. Learn about wine production in the region and enjoy wine tasting sessions at all 4 of the wineries visited. Later you'll visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie, where you can sample some delicious chocolate. See for yourself why the Yarra Valley is rated as one of the best wine regions in the world.

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Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

7. Melbourne: Booze Makes History Better Afternoon Drink Tour

Begin your tour at the Sir William Clarke Memorial next to the Old Treasury Building — a symbolic area of Melbourne and home to its Parliament. The order of the venues may change, but together with your guide you will visit a variety of favorite local watering holes. These may include a classic craft beer establishment, a laneway bar, a hidden speakeasy, and a rooftop bar.  Everyone has their favorite drink but you’ll be encouraged to try something different on this tour. Never tried whiskey? You'll be taken to a place where you can discover its charms. Want to check out some local wines? With the Yarra Valley just a stone’s throw away, it would be a sin not to taste some of the delectable wines in the region. The craft beer scene is currently exploding in Melbourne yet beer has always had a rich history in the city. You’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers and how beer nearly led to all alcohol being banned during the gold rush. Visit some of Melbourne’s most popular bars and have the opportunity to try concoctions from the following: A classic Aussie pub. Throw back a pot or a pint, as here’s where you’ll learn about the standard pour sizes of Victorian beers.A cocktail bar. Melbourne has some of the best mixologists around, but most of them are hidden in tiny, hidden cocktail bar laneways and survive on word of mouth alone. Visit a speakeasy-style bar and learn about how and why Melbourne’s laneway scene developed.Rooftop bars are a favorite place for Melbournians to gather and not just in summer. During winter, some rooftops add a marquee and heaters and carry on regardless. You’ll visit one of the most eclectic rooftop bars in the city.

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Yarra Valley: 1-Hour Vineyard Experience on a Segway

8. Yarra Valley: 1-Hour Vineyard Experience on a Segway

Riding a Segway in the Yarra Valley is a special, fun and exciting way to soak up the ambiance of this beautiful valley. On this 1-hour Balgownie Resort Vineyard tour, you will first learn how to master riding one of these amazing machines. Once you are ready, zoom around the resort, cruise around the vineyard, learn a little about the award-winning wines of Balgownie and scale to the summit to see some breathtaking views of the Yarra Valley.  On this amazing tour, experience the fun of riding your all-terrain Segway up and down, and around on gravel, grass and concrete tracks. Have some amazing photo opportunities of the Yarra Valley and Balgownie Resort Vineyard and maybe even spot some wildlife in the process.

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Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food & Wine Tour in a '56 Chevrolet

9. Melbourne: Yarra Valley Food & Wine Tour in a '56 Chevrolet

Start the tour with pickup from Melbourne’s Princess Theater in a deluxe 1956 Chevrolet. Admire this impressive and historical car then hop inside and head out of the city towards the sprawling countryside. As you explore, listen to your driver’s fascinating stories about the car as well as the Yarra Valley itself. Head through the scenic Wonga Park, driving along winding back roads to reach the historic Melba Estate. Enjoy a stop for complimentary morning tea and coffee with traditional scones while soaking up the view. From there, head to one of the region’s premium wine estates for a tour and tasting session. Once you’ve worked up a bit of an appetite, drive into the charming town of Healesville and grab lunch at one of the many restaurants. After lunch, cruise through the town and get sense of rural life, then pass by the impressive TarraWarra Estate. Finally, stop at the Yarra Valley Dairy for some light refreshments before heading back to the city.

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From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour

10. From Melbourne: Yarra Valley Wildlife & Wine Day Tour

Travel through the bush laden suburbs of the north-east to the world-famous Healesville Sanctuary, a little over a 1-hour drive from Melbourne. With more than 200 species of native animals on display, this is a great start to the tour. Located on 75 acres of beautiful bushland, the Sanctuary is a magical place to observe many of Australia's iconic animals. In the early afternoon, travel to the Yering Station Vineyard for lunch in a stunning Wine Bar Restaurant. With its world-class views and cuisine, there's an a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal and glass of wine. After lunch, visit the original winery (circa 1859) that features local artworks and produce as well as estate and reserve wines to taste. Finally, make your last stop of the day at the De Bortoli Vineyard at Dixons Creek. It’s a great end to the day with superbly flavored cheeses that compliment the sparkling, table and dessert wines. The journey home takes you through Steels Creek and Christmas Hills for superb Valley views and maybe, the occasional kangaroo.

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What people are saying about Yarra Valley

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 384 reviews

I can’t recommend this tour enough! Vine Trekker was such a well organised tour full of awesome wineries that all show cased something different about the Yarra Valley, whether that was a stand out Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, historical building or stunning views. Our guide, Paul, was especially memorable, he went above and beyond many times during the day and his knowledge and energy made the day something I’ll never forget. I’ll definitely be telling everyone I know about this tour, to the point where they’ll probably tell me to be quiet.. Again, thanks for the best day! -Julia -( wine enthusiast,WA)

The trip overall was above expectations. Nobody felt rushed and the itinerary was spot on with a mix of wineries. It’s the small things that count. Rob would make sure everyone was ok, turn on the air conditioning to cool the van prior to us entering. He cracked a few jokes (ask him about the blue cat) haha. I would highly recommend him to anyone wanting to do a tour. I would rate him and the overall tour 12/10 Thanks again for putting together this amazing tour and you really get value for money.

Sean the tour guide was fantastic, knew all about the area and the wineries. We had some much fun and would recommend this to to everyone. Your site made it easy to arrange and when we had to change our dates that went smoothly

This was the most amazing experience with great guides and fabulous champagne breakfast to finish with was just perfect

An excellent day out, lots of wine tasting and a lovely lunch. Tour guide was friendly and very knowledgeable