There is nothing worse than drawing the short straw as the designated driver on a wine tour. Seriously – we have it on good authority that being designated driver on a wine tour is more painful than a combination of leg cramps, childbirth and seeing Collingwood win a match.
So rather than suffer through a day of sober driving while all your mates become steadily merrier, book yourself in for one of these guided tours of the Yarra Valley's top wineries.
While it's the valley's cool climate that helps wineries make their wines so special, visitors have wonderful memories of their Yarra Valley wine tours no matter what time of year. From amazing blue skies and a warming sun to a patchwork of dazzling autumn leaves, the full bloom of ripe fruit on the vine or a cozy open fire with delicious wine to warm every heart, every season has its own beauty and charm, making this region of Victoria a must-see!
Estimated Budget: $115-$140. It picks up from CBD as well as Lilydale Station, Healesville and Marysville.
If you like a bespoke experience, book your Yarra Valley winery tour with Wild Wombat. The company is all about creating personalised tours that cater to guests' tastes. Let the team know about any wineries you'd specifically like to visit ahead of time, and they'll do their best to accommodate. These small group tours (maximum 11 people) will even consider your favourite varietal of wine so that you have the best Yarra Valley experience possible.
Estimated Budget: $135. Meet Immigration Museum (east side) or from your hotel.
Sure, the Yarra Valley might be known for its award-winning wineries, but there's much more to the region than just wine. On the Café Bus Winery Tours, you'll explore two of the valley's top wineries (Gateway Estate Farmhouse and Killara Estate Winery) as well as Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Along the way, you'll have the opportunity to taste wines, pick your own strawberries and enjoy a two-course lunch.
Australian Wine Tour Co
Estimated Budget: $130. Picks up from various CBD locations.
The Australian Wine Tour Co runs tours from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley daily, perfect for those who keep odd hours. On the tour, you'll visit wineries such as Punt Road Wines, Balgownie Estate, Yering Farm and Domaine Chandon while be guided by a wine expert. Don't worry if you're new to the wine world because your guide is there to entertain and educate, not give you a lecture. As well as cellar door tastings, the tour also includes an à la carte lunch at a local winery.
$135. Picks up from most CBD accommodation
Go West is one of Melbourne's top tour providers, so these guys know a thing or two about drinking your way around the Yarra Valley. Their wine tour is perfect for those who get snacky. You'll start the day at Yarra Farm Fresh, tasting fresh fruits, juices and local goodies before moving onto De Bortoli for wine and cheese. Other stops on tour include Yering Station, Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery and Rochford Wines for lunch.
Evergreen Winery Tours
4 Spinebill Ct, Healesville VIC 377
Evergreen winery tours were the creation of Geoff Cooper in January 2001. The original founder of private tours in the Yarra Valley, Geoff started the business way back when tours weren't even a mainstream enjoyable occasion as they have become today.
For many years Geoff ran the company as a love child to show people his backyard and share his local knowledge. However, Geoff decided his writing career needed more attention, and in 2019 he sold his company to Beau. Beau has since taken the helm built by Geoff into the touring realm and is also a Healesville (Yarra Valley) local himself. The changing of guards has brought a new flavour to the tours but will keep the same friendly, expert and entertaining service to our wonderful clients from Australia and worldwide.
We are really proud of where we live, and we cannot wait to show you the area we call home. Whether it's a winery, brewery, distillery, chocolate or dairy, we have an experience for everyone. We cater to casual days out for any group size, whether it be a social, birthday, leisure or wedding group. You can be a beginner to wine or a wine expert. We can guide you and organise an itinerary to suit you but also will be flexible if you have preferred venues to visit. So let us at Evergreen winery tours show you the best of the beautiful Yarra Valley.
Yarra Valley Wine Tours
211 Wellington Pde Melbourne, VIC, Australia 3002, 03 9650 0888
Experienced Yarra Valley Wine Tour Operator since 2012
Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours specialise in small day tours to the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula since 2012. We know the wines, winemakers and history of the wineries you will visit, enhancing your experience.
We operate a daily wine tour departing from Melbourne and a local wine tour operating from within the Yarra Valley. So why not join us for a day touring the wineries of a cool climate wine region just one hour from Central Melbourne. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir styles are the most successful grape varietals.
You'll travel in a smaller 14 to 19 seat luxury mini buses bus, enjoy wine tastings at a great selection of 4 Yarra wineries/cellar doors, lunch options and visits to the local cheese and chocolate shops during the day. In addition, you will be able to visit the renowned Domain Chandon, established in 1987, the largest wine producer in the Yarra Valley. This winery is part of the famed Moet and Hennessy group, one of the largest wine producers worldwide, having its origins with renowned wines from the Champagne region in France.
We have an Office and Depot at 7 Hall Street Yarraville 3013
For the past seven years, we have been the recipients of Trip Advisor Certificates of Excellence Rewards.
We also operate Wine Tours from Sydney and Newcastle to the Hunter Valley under the name of Hunter Valley Wine Tasting Tours.
Dancing Kangaroo Tours
208 Flinders Street, Melbourne. Estimated Budget Only $149
Join Dancing Kangaroo on an EPIC day out, with many reviewing us as the host of the best Yarra Valley wine tours. We're rated #1 on TripAdvisor for Food & Drinks Tour from Melbourne, so know you're in good company for an awesome experience. If you're looking for a delightful food and winery tour that takes you to the doorsteps of Victoria's favourite getaway destination, then you're in for a real treat.
We'll passionately host for you a progressive and upbeat experience of the Yarra Valley region, highlighting fresh produces and local specialties. Indulge yourself in tastings of single-vineyard wines, decadent chocolates, craft beer-ciders and a main course lunch with a glass of wine.
Importantly, our tour style will delight you with the gelling of great vibes, interesting local insights, hand-picked venues and an entertaining host to make the day even more exciting. The aim is to make this an unforgettable experience for you, so we're bringing out all the best dance moves to impress.
Our Yarra Valley Wine Tours from Melbourne are proudly for adults only too. So feel at ease as we unwind you with multiple tastings of the best that Yarra Valley can provide. So treat yourself on our Epic tour or bring some friends and make it a celebration – you deserve it!
Estimated Budget: 50$ to 100$ , 727 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream, VIC
A Taste Of What's To Come
Every Chandon tasting experience is a meticulously crafted journey through some of our favourite sparkling wines. You can enjoy a Chandon tasting experience in the restaurant or the lounge bar, and with two experiences to choose from, it's the easiest way to get to know us a little better.
Our tastings experiences are perfect for those looking to try and compare Chandon sparkling wines.
Premium Range Tasting
Four wines from our premium range, including Chandon Vintage Brut 2015, Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé 2015, Chandon Cuvee Riche and Chandon Sparkling Pinot Shiraz.
Limited Edition Range Tasting
We have four wines from our limited edition range, including Chandon Brut Nature, Chandon Yarra Valley Cuvee 2016, Chandon Winemaker's Selection Rosé 2013 and Chandon Winemaker's Selection Chardonnay Pinot Noir 2009.
Four wines from our sparkling rosé range, including Chandon Vintage Brut Rosé 2015, Chandon Winemaker's Selection Rosé 2013, Chandon Late Disgorged Rosé 2009 and Ancestrale Rosé 2018.
Yileena Park Wines
271 Steels Creek Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775, Australia
Welcome To Our Cellar Door Experience
We are a small, family-owned boutique venue and are open from 11 am-5 pm, seven days a week (excluding Christmas Day, Boxing Day and New Year's day).
At Yileena Park, we specialise in aged red wines, which are cellared for four years before release, with our Reserve wines cellared for six years before release.
We are also known for our Museum wine range which can be purchased at Cellar Door only (please note Museum wines are not available for tasting). However, for the very first time, we have decided to add one of our Museum wines to your tasting experience. Our current Museum wine on tasting is our 2007 Merlot which we have re-released and proves to be an absolutely stunning wine.
We offer a personal wine tasting experience and pair our final wine, an Aged Topaque (also known as Hungarian Tokay), perfectly with a sample of our French oak-smoked Stilton blue cheese.
In addition to our wines, we offer a tasting plate of our French oak-smoked produce, which has a selection of our smoked Stilton blue cheese, two-year-old cheddar, kalamata olives, and Extra Virgin olive oil, dukkha, vinegar, salts, mixed nuts and bread and crackers. We can offer gluten-free crackers if required. Tasting plates are $15 per person.
We also have a range of French oak-smoked cold meats available for $20 each and served with a smokey chipotle chilli sauce and an onion and chipotle sauce.
Due to COVID19 restrictions, we have very limited seating and personal capacity. We are currently limited to accommodating 10 people inside and 16 people outside on our balcony. Our balcony is weather dependant so please check with our Cellar Door staff before booking.
Bookings are essential due to limited seating, and we take bookings from 11 am, with the last booking time being 4 pm.
Bookings currently can be made online through our 'Contact Us page, phoning our Cellar Door on (03) 9730 1977, Instagram or Facebook DM or via email email@example.com.
Wine tastings are $10 per person, non-refundable and are for approx. 45 minutes, but of course, if you need a quicker time, we can accommodate.
When you arrive, please scan the QR code with your phone camera that is located on the front door of our Cellar Door before heading upstairs. The QR code will prompt you to sign in to our venue.
As we are a small boutique winery, we do not accept large groups, hens or bucks parties.
We look forward to meeting you!
870-872 Maroondah Hwy, Coldstream, Victoria
Estimated Budget: Max 8 people per booking. $20pp
Visit our young but historic estate to discover Australian wines crafted with a French sensibility at our elegant cellar door.
Set amongst our rolling vineyards, we provide a window to a working winery, welcoming hospitality and a variety of options for tasting experiences - either surrounded by ageing wine barrels, in our private tasting room or accompanied with food from our classic French bistro menu.
We love to share the spoils of our home in the Yarra Valley and have crafted a collection of new tasting experiences for you to discover what we do and how.
Portet Estate Private Tour & Tasting In Our André Room
Let us take you on a tour of the estate to share our 10 generations of winemaking legacy. We'll share our philosophies and winemaking techniques as you wander behind the scenes to enjoy a hosted tasting experience in our new private tasting room perched above our working winery.
Seville Hill Winery
8 Paynes Road, Seville, Victoria 3139
Established in 1991, Seville Hill Winery has produced wines from one of the most elevated and cooler properties in Seville and the Yarra Valley. The site is also home to Rich Red Volcanic soil famous in the area. Initially focusing on producing elegant, fruit-driven Red Wines, the list now includes Whites, Dessert Styles and Sparkling Wines over recent years.
Setting and the Yarra Valley
Set amongst the shade of The English Elms and a terraced lawn garden with spectacular views of neighbouring mountains make for an idyllic setting on your special day. Our platform overlooking the picturesque countryside offers a peaceful location for your wedding ceremony with ample garden area for family and guests to attend.
The winery also makes for an ideal and relaxed setting for the ceremony and reception, comfortably seating up to 100 guests with room to dance.
Wine and Dine
Select the perfect wine from the range that Seville Hill has to offer to compliment your menu. Seville Hill winemakers are often on hand to offer their expertise and can assist you with your choice.
Consider Seville Hill for your next Function! Our winery and gardens are suitable for small groups, large groups and corporate activities, including conferences.
We welcome you to contact us.
Watts River Brewing
7 Hunter Road Healesville, Victoria 3777 Australia
We have been brewing at our Healesville location since January 2017.
Come chat with us in our working brewery and relax with a beer on our comfy couches. We'll be pouring all of our core range along with special one-off batches.
For the non-beer drinkers, we also serve a small selection of Yarra Valley wines and Four Pillars and Cedar Fox Gin.
38 Melba Highway, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Yering Station offers a truly unforgettable wine and food experience. Our award-winning wines and stunning restaurant menu are complemented by breathtaking views, superb architecture and beautifully landscaped gardens.
Yering Station is open seven days for wine tastings and à la carte lunches, as well as group and corporate lunch bookings. We also host weddings, lunch events, dinner events and corporate functions – from intimate settings to grand scale affairs.
Taste your way through our full collection of wines in our historic cellar door, housed in our original winery building dating back to c. 1859. We welcome walk-in tastings. Private bookings are required for groups of 10 or more. Open 7 days, 10 am to 5 pm.
We only take group bookings if guest numbers are 10 or more; refer below for tasting experiences offered. If your group numbers are less than 10, then a booking is not required and will not be taken; rather, you can enjoy a wine tasting at the bar.
Housed in the original winery building circa 1859, our heritage cellar door and wine store allow visitors to be taken on a journey of our wines best suited to their individual palate and preferences. Our knowledgeable team guides all wine tastings. In addition, the educational nature of our tastings encourages all visitors to learn the language of our wines in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
Taste 5 wines from our Village and Estate collections. Duration: 30 minutes Price: $10.00 per person
Taste 5 wines from our Estate and Reserve collections. Duration: 30 minutes Price: $15.00 per person
|8 – 9 people (Price per person)||$69||$129|
|6 – 7 people (Price per person)||$79||$139|
|4 – 5 people (Price per person)||$89||$149|
|1 – 3 people (Price per GROUP)||$359||$549|