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 AUD€142.42 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 guided 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 AUD€825 PER PERSON
Take a wine tour in style aboard a classic chevy convertible. Departing Melbourne in your eye-catching transport for the day, you’ll visit several highly acclaimed wineries where you’ll learn about the time-honoured methods used and get to sample the locally produced food and drink, including some of the exceptional wines made on-site. Held over six hours, this small group tour is ideal for those who want to be control of their itinerary. You can customise the trip to include as many stop-offs as you can fit into the time available, although be aware that lunch is pre-booked.
FROM AUD€150 PER PERSON
Taste the fine wines and mouth-watering food of the Mornington Peninsula on this full-day private tour, which can be customised to your group’s tastes. You’ll depart early morning from central Melbourne, traveling just over an hour aboard an air-conditioned luxury vehicle with panoramic windows. As for how you spend your day, you can choose how many of the renowned regional wineries you wish to visit, and there’ll also be the chance to stop for a gourmet lunch. Furthermore, you can also opt for other activities such as an indulgent trip to the Peninsula Hot Springs, strawberry picking, horse riding on a beach, or even swimming with dolphins. You’ll return to Melbourne for late afternoon.
FROM AUD€205 PER PERSON
Run by renowned tour company Vinetrekker, this day-long tour takes you on a relaxing journey through the picturesque, rolling green hills of the Yarra Valley, offering you the chance to immerse yourself in the region’s rich wine heritage, which endures to this very day. You’ll visit a total of 5 of the area’s most acclaimed wineries, each of which produce distinctive and highly contrasting wines. You don’t need to take anyone’s word for it, because you’ll be able to sample them for yourself along the way. Also included is a sumptuous lunch plus wine and cheese degustation, all expertly paired with wines. Tours depart from Melbourne daily, with pick up from you hotel or another agreed point.
FROM AUD€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.