Enjoy a Yarra Valley culinary day trip with a guide who takes you on a journey of discovery exploring the diverse food and wine of this region outside of Melbourne. Once known for only wine, Yarra Valley has grown popular for its produce and gourmet restaurants, as well. Let your taste buds run wild as you visit Coldstream Dairy, a gin distillery, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery, and a local winery for lunch. When booking, you can select departure from Melbourne. Personalized small group touring is our speciality.
Your day tour begins with hotel pickup from either Melbourne. With your guide, head to your first stop, Coldstream Dairy, to enjoy a range of tastings from this boutique dairy, whose produce is made using Yarra Valley milk. Sample Italian-style handmade cheeses, fresh feta, and yogurt from the heart of wine country. You can purchase products, as well, if you wish (own expense).
Next up is a gin tasting at Healesville’s award-winning boutique distillery, Four Pillars Gin, before continuing to a local winery for lunch. The exact location is decided on the day; you might visit Tokar Estate, Rochford Wines, or maybe Soumah, further up the hill. If you have a specific request, please advise at the time of booking, and your guide can try to arrange this (no guarantees).
After lunch, head to Dominique Portet for a bit of elegant French culture; tour the barrel room, and sample fine wines during a tasting in the cellar door. To finish your gourmet day out, head to Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to watch chocolate being made in the kitchen through the floor-to-ceiling windows. With chocolate makers from Belgium, this chocolaterie produces some of the world’s finest chocolate. Enjoy samples, perhaps order a hot chocolate (own expense), explore the assortment of chocolate goods for sale, or wander among the orchards outside. In September and October, you can also see an installation of 40 painted kangaroos, part of the Hop for Hope campaign run by the Alannah and Madeleine Foundation.
You'll be returned to your original departure point at the end of the day.