Australia is a mecca for wine lovers and the vineyards dotted around Melbourne are some of the most renowned anywhere in the country. So if you’re a fan of plonk and considering a trip to Australia’s ‘second city’, why not consult our list of some of the best Melbourne winery tours?
Taking into account value for money, convenience and customer reviews, TravelMag presents our top five suggestions for wine-themed excursions from your base in Melboune, each offering an insight into the region’s world famous wine heritage – not to mention the chance to sample and purchase some of its finest varieties.
FROM €101.72 PER PERSON
Famous for its production of some of Australia’s finest pinot noir, sparkling wine and other cool-climate wines, Yarra Valley captivates visitors keen to explore one of the country’s finest wine areas. This small-group tour transports guests in a comfortable heated minivan to boutique wineries and rustic cellar doors, where you can discover the secrets behind the region’s wine-making procedures by speaking to actual Yarra Valley winemakers. The tour includes transport, wine tasting and a lavish lunch paired with wine in a local restaurant.
FROM €101.72 PER PERSON
With its rich volcanic soils in the west and granitic loams and warmer temperatures to the north, the Macedon Ranges are hugely popuar with visiting wine connoisseurs, boasting more than 40 boutique vineyards. This small group tour limited to ten people takes you through many of the highlights, including Granite Hills, Paramoor, Cope Williams, Hanging Rock Winery, Mount Charlie and Curly Flat. With the chance to enjoy some of the best local and regional produce in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this is a day you’ll never forget.
FROM €174 PER PERSON
This popular tourist region is dotted with superb vineyards and just a 90-minute drive from Melbourne it makes for an ideal excursion. This tour also comes with a unique twist, offering guests the chance to visit the area’s renowned wineries on horseback. After morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel, relax in an air-conditioned minivan on the drive south to a local stables, where you’ll climb atop a trusty steed for a 3-hour horseback ride through rolling hills and vineyards. For a sweet finish to the day, you’ll visit Sunny Ridge Strawberry Farm to pick juicy red berries straight from the field. No experience is necessary for the leisurely, guided ride.
FROM €118.77 PER PERSON
Wine, chocolate and ice cream: unquestionably three of life’s finest things but not typically enjoyed together – until now! This quirky and original wine tasting day in the Yarra Valley starts at the cosy Fergusson’s Winery where you’ll enjoy a delicious spit roast lunch with a glass of local red or white, followed by wine tasting next door. Next up, you’ll be taken to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery to try free samples and observe the chocolate and ice cream-making process. The afternoon will be spent trying some of the region’s finest wines at a selection of wineries before your coach transfer back to Melbourne.
FROM €119.46 PER PERSON
For a truly personal experience you can enjoy this private day tour visiting the Mornington Peninsula wineries and hot springs. As it will only be you and your party on the tour, you can pick and choose which wineries you’d like to visit and if you’d like to tweak your itinerary as you go along, your guides will do all they can to accommodate you. Also included is a lavish lunch at one of the wineries, while the rest of the day will be spent indulging in the region’s famous mineral hot springs, where you can sit back and relax, admiring the incredible views.