10. Yarra Valley: 2-Day Winery Tour with Luxury Overnight
Day 1. Melbourne CBD Touring and Transfer
Board our Yarra Valley Wine Experience - Enjoy a personalized tour in the company of an average number of 12-20 people, maximum 24 passengers in our luxury, air-conditioned fun bus. Choose from 4 central meeting points departing between 09:20 AM - 09:40 AM. Join our AWTC Wine Expert as your guide this morning and make some new friends this morning with our small touring group.
After an approximately 1 hour transfer to Yarra Valley, arrive at a premium cellar door to enjoy your first tasting. Your first stop is, your AWTC guide will present an entertaining wine tutorial. Learn how to swirl, sniff, slurp and then enjoy a extensive tasting at an iconic Yarra Valley cellar door. Your next destination today is the amazing Balgownie Estate. Tucked away just off the Melba Hwy, Balgownie is a real gem. With spectacular views and a great display on the history of winemaking, this place has a lot to offer. The cellar door staff will share some of their great wines with you before you move into the striking Rae’s restaurant for a delicious 1 course lunch, including a glass of wine and tea or coffee.
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa (your overnight destination)
After lunch say goodbye to your touring companions for today and make your way to reception to check-in for your relaxing overnight stay for 2 in a Spa Suite at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa. There are many activities to enjoy in the afternoon from complimentary access to the Health Club (experience pool, steam room and gym equipment) or why not book in at the Natskin Spa Retreat (own expense). Leisure facilities include tennis court, volleyball net, giant chess set and 1.6 km walking trail. Enjoy dinner in the comfort of your room or why not head to Rae’s Restaurant for dinner (own expense).
Day 2. Yarra Valley Touring and Transfer
Enjoy a delicious buffet breakfast for 2 at Rae’s Restaurant at leisure. Then the rest of the morning is free time to explore and enjoy the resort. (Lunch at own expense). At 01:15 PM, please make your way into the cellar door to meet your AWTC driver guide. Make new friends on board our touring service this afternoon – settle back and enjoy.
Today take in the sights of the rustic Yering Farm cellar door which is a converted old hay shed situated at the top of the hill, overlooking stunning views. Your last stop for today is Soumah of Yarra Valley, which specializes in wine styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and southeastern France. With awards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a passion for northern Italian varieties, you will be sure to find something pleasing while overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyard and the majestic Warramate Hills.
Tour return time will be between 04:30 PM - 05:00 PM depending on traffic conditions and drop back location will be as per your pick-up location.