Our day trips include those to the Yarra Valley, to the north-east of Melbourne, the Mornington Peninsula to the south, and the Macedon Ranges to the north. Overnight trips can be taken to the Grampians and Pyrenees in western Victoria, as can trips to the emerging King Valley in north-eastern Victoria and the historic Rutherglen region close to the New South Wales border.
We’ll pick you up at your city hotel, otherwise, those staying outside of the city can meet us at St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Travel to the north-east through the bush-laden suburbs of Templestowe, Warrandyte and Wonga Park to our first stop for the day, Coldstream Hills Vineyard at Coldstream. Established by James Halliday, one of Australia’s leading authors and commentators on wine, Coldstream Hills’ wines are beautifully crafted and have enjoyed success at numerous wine shows, especially the chardonnay and pinot noir. The stop here includes a tasting and explanation of the wines. Close by is the Medhurst Vineyard which was established in 1999. It's a family owned vineyard of 35 acres with a delightful elevation in the foothills of the Warramate Ranges and produces a small selection of elegant table wines. Enjoy another tasting of this family’s wonderful wines together with house made dips and bread. We then head to the very famous and very French Domaine Chandon. Enjoy a tour of the production facilities before enjoying a glass of premium sparkling wine (methode champenoise) while taking in the glorious vista.
Yering Station’s stunning Wine Bar Restaurant is the perfect lunch venue. With its world class views and cuisine, you’ll have a full a la carte selection from which to select your main course meal. After lunch, visit the original winery (circa 1859) that features local artworks and produce as well as estate and reserve wines to taste. Our final stop for the day is the De Bortoli Winery at Dixons Creek. As Italian as Domaine Chandon is French, it’s a great end to the experience with a degustation of superbly flavoured cheeses that complement the sparkling, table and dessert wines.
The fully inclusive cost of the day is $195 per person.
We’ll pick you up at your city hotel, otherwise, those staying outside of the city can meet us at St. Paul's Cathedral, Melbourne. Travel through the bayside suburbs of Melbourne, heading inland to our first stop of the day, Moorooduc Estate Winery at Moorooduc. Established in 1982, Richard McIntyre has developed an enviable reputation for producing high quality chardonnay and pinot noir, using wild yeast fermentation. Cheese & biscuits will be enjoyed with the tasting. A short drive away is the Yabby Lake Vineyard, one of the higher profile vineyards on the Peninsula. Established in 1998 and with 120 acres under vine, their focus is very much on pinot noir, chardonnay and pinot gris. For those looking for something bolder, their Heathcote Estate vineyard in Central Victoria produces a fuller bodied and richer shiraz. Skirting the Westernport Bay side of the Peninsula, arrive at the Quealy Vineyard at Balnarring. Quirky and with a nod to Italian winemaking styles, it's a vineyard that leaves an impression.
Stop for lunch at the charming Merricks General Store. Dating back to the early 1920's, this is one of the region's iconic establishments. From its early years as a post office, store and meeting place for the local rural community, its heritage buildings have been lovingly restored to house a bistro, art gallery, cellar door and produce store. Enjoy a main course a la carte lunch and glass of wine, followed by tea and coffee. Following lunch, visits would be made to Mornington Peninsula Chocolates at Flinders and Red Hill Cheese at Main Ridge. Both properties complement the wineries beautifully and offer variety that’s missing in other wine regions. On days when both these properties are closed, a visit would be made to Stonier Wines and Ten Minutes by Tractor Vineyard.
Travel to the north of the city to the family owned and operated Granite Hills Winery at Baynton. The oldest operating vineyard in the region, their vines date back to 1970. The Riesling, Shiraz and sparkling in particular are highly sought after although their second range of wines also provide some excellent value and choice. Cheese & biscuits accompany the tastings, to be hosted by the owner and winemaker, Llew Knight or his wife Andrea. A short drive away, and tucked in a corner of the State Forest, is the Cobaw Ridge Winery. This is one of the most idyllic settings in the district. The harshness of the surrounding countryside, covered with granite boulders, belies the superb wines that are produced here. Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz-Viognier and an Italian varietal Lagrein are all made from estate grown fruit. Enjoy the surroundings along with your tasting with the owners Alan & Nelly Cooper.
Enjoy a casual, country-style lunch at the Newham General Store. Nearby is the imposing Hanging Rock which rises more than 300 feet. Since its formation, the mamelon has been exposed to considerable weathering and erosion, resulting in the unusual rock formations that can now be seen. Hanging Rock is also well known from the novel by Joan Lindsay, Picnic at Hanging Rock and the film made of the story – about the mysterious disappearance of a group of local schoolgirls during a picnic at the Rock in 1900.
Post-lunch it’s off to the Curly Flat Vineyard in Lancefield. Situated 550 metres above sea level, Curly Flat is a small family operation dedicated to nurturing the best possible fruit from the superb terroir and turning that fruit into the highest quality Pinot Noir, Chardonnay and Pinot Grigio it is possible to produce. The day concludes with a visit to the Hanging Rock Winery at Newham. One of the highest elevated vineyards in the district, here you’ll enjoy delightful views across to Hanging Rock as well as Mt Macedon. As the region’s largest producer, Hanging Rock Winery sources estate grown fruit as well as grapes from numerous regions. While their varied selection offers something for most tastes, their flagship wine is the sparkling Macedon.
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