1 Day Discover the Yarra Valley Wine Tour

    Discover and explore the Yarra Valley as we visit Australia’s premier wine producing region in our Yarra Valley Wine Tour, this trip is guaranteed to be a hit with all Wine, Beer and Food lovers!

    The Wurrundjeri people called the Yarra River “Birrarung” which means “river of mists”. You will be enchanted by this mystical valley complete with gourmet delights.

    Throughout the day we visit two of our favourite boutique award winning wineries and one cider house and ale brewery, each selected for excellence in customer experience and quality wine tastings. Before heading back to Melbourne we stop off to indulge in free chocolate at the picturesque Yarra Valley Wine Tour Chocolatier and Ice-creamery, offering over 250 different handcrafted chocolate and truffle varieties. You’re sure to walk away with something delicious from the ‘Great Wall of Chocolate’.

    Discover the Yarra Valley Wine Tour [YV-S]

    Adult( 13 - 99 ) $145
    Infant( 0 - 2 ) $145
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      Itinerary

      With just less than an hour drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley has been in the business of producing and delivering world-class wines for over seventeen decades. The region’s proximity to the city makes it a favourite Melbourne wine tours destination.

      The wines of Yarra Valley are simply sensational. They’re artistically crafted to deliver a brilliant front to back finish on the palate. Understand the mystery and the secret hidden underneath the soil that grows the best vines that produce world-class wines. Australian wine is truly the best in the hemisphere because the fertility gods and cool climate made them so!

      Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery

      Chocoholics rejoice, as we stop at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-like wonderland. Sample and take home from over 250 different chocolate products, showcasing locally sourced ingredients, the best quality single origin, plus Belgian couverture chocolate and cocoa butter. You will learn about the history of chocolate and understand how cacao beans travel from the jungles of South America and Africa, all the way to your mouth. Watch how chocolate is made and see how it is transformed into all its delightful varieties. Proudly part of the Cocoa Horizons program, you will also hear about the importance of improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, their communities and the environment, through sustainable farming.

      Helen & Joey Estate

      Our sensory adventure continues with a visit to Helen & Joey Estate. This beautiful 200-acre winery, located in the Gruyere sub-district of the Yarra Valley, right at the base of the Warramate Ranges, is split between 65% red and 35% white varieties of grapes and was purchased in 2010 by its namesakes. Excitingly, the senior winemaker here is Meg Brodtmann MW, the first Australian born female to be admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine. Catering to a variety of different thirsts, there’s the easy drinking Inara label, which includes a sparkling, a rosé, three reds and two whites; premium wines under the Layla and Alena labels and vegan-friendly experimental choices, as part of the Wayward Child collection. Remember to keep your eyes peeled as you raise your glass, as you may spot a kangaroo or two, hopping between the vines and across the hillside.

      Helen’s Hill Estate Coldstream

      Named after the previous owner of the property, Helen Fraser, this family run and owned vineyard, with a passion for great viticulture and producing wines that leave an impression, has two wine labels, Helen’s Hill Estate and Ingram Road, of which you can sample. Here you can enjoy the best of red and white varietals, including a blanc de noir sparkling, plus a select range of beers (each named after a beloved pet). To pair with your tastings, there’s delicious pizzas and grazing boards (imaginatively served on old wine barrels), showcasing the finest of Yarra Valley produce. With huge floor to ceiling windows, walls lined with French Oak barrels and a panoramic terrace to admire the rolling valley of vines; this the perfect setting to sip and savour the sunset before our journey home.
      Watts River Brewing

      After local wines, cheeses and chocolate it’s time to indulge to the barrels of brew. we travel up the road to Watts River Brewing for a pint of the good stuff. Brewing in a small, industrial-chic warehouse, in the heart of Healesville; the super knowledgeable staff are always willing to talk you through your options, whether you’re a beer beginner or craft expert. Driven by a young team of brewers that constantly strive to be innovative, here you can sample from an impressive barrel program that includes blondes, IPAs, pale ales and stouts. Hopheads can delight in the fragrant fruity aromas of easy drinking brews, beer that is light in alcohol, right through to the big bold punches of malted barley, devoured by Belgian yeast. No matter what, there’s sure to be a hoppy beer that you’d love to drink.

      Healesville Township

      Next we hop to the centre of the Yarra Valley where lies the township of Healesville. Discover the town’s galleries, meander through the boutiques of fashion, gifts and antiques and find your favourite of the local bakeries and cafes for a lunch (at own expense) or picnic at the Maroondah Reservoir Park. For those wanting to continue exploring refinement in all its forms, highly recommended is a visit to the Alchemy Distillery. With a variety of spirits from citrus vodka and chamomile gin to whisky, this award-winning distillery has a cocktail bar and outdoor beer garden, perfect for you to continue on your sipping adventure.

      Whispering Hills Winery

      After lunch, we make our way to our final cellar door destination Whispering Hills in Seville. This family owned and operated smaller winery, is the perfect location for the group to come together and enjoy our last tasting of the day with scenic vineyard views. Plus, you will have the opportunity to meet the winemaker Murray, hear about their sustainably grown and harvested cool climate wines. with scenic vineyard views. We provide you with an experienced professional driver to guide you through the day and ensure you will have an extraordinary experience with us.We are looking forward to meeting you at the Yarra Valley Wine Tour to find out the secrets hidden behind the picturesque vista of this wine-producing valley.
      All wine, cider and food tasting are included in the price of the tour. Just bring money for some lunch and any extras you wish to purchase and take home. This tour is suitable for 18’s only.

      Highlights
      What To Bring
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      • Discover the Yarra Valley, Australia’s premier wine region
      • Indulge in some sweet samples from the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery
      • Morning visit to two stunning boutique estates with cellar-door tastings – Helen & Joey and Helen’s Hill
      • Free time to explore the gateway town and heart of the Yarra Valley; Healesville (lunch at own expense)
      • Try a local craft beer at Watts River Brewery, meet the passionate brewers
      • Relaxing afternoon tasting of sustainably grown and harvested cool climate wines with scenic vineyard views
      • Reconnect with loved ones in a small group atmosphere

      Essential things to pack

      • Water bottle
      • Hat, sunscreen and sunglasses
      • All weather clothing
      • Camera
      • Photo ID
      • Spending money for lunch and local produce

      Important Booking Info

      • All wine, cider and food tasting are included in the price of the tour. Just bring money for any extras you wish to purchase and take home.
      • This tour is suitable for 18’s only.
      • Please only bring a Small day pack with you on tour (Not suitable for Backpacks/Suitcase/Prams/Wheelchairs/Pushers)
      • At Autopia Tours, we actively promote the protection of flora and fauna on all of our Tours. It is our duty to ensure there is minimal disturbance to our region and the species that call it home.
      • Cultural sensitivity and respect for the traditional owners should also be shown at all times.
      • Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
      • All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.

      FAQs

      Is this tour family friendly?

      No, this tour is suitable strictly for people 18 years and over.

      How much luggage can I bring on tour?

      We allow only small day packs on board. We have no storage facilities for large backpacks, suitcases or other items.

      What time does the tour start?

      8:00am – Old Melbourne Gaol – 377 Russell St Opposite Space Hotel. Please arrive 5 -10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location, so as not to delay or miss your tour.

      There are alternative pick up locations on request, please see your confirmation documents after booking.

      What time does the tour end?

      Returns to Melbourne approx 4:30PM

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