Experience Yarra Valley: Beer, Cider, Wine and Food from Melbourne

Taste the best of the fertile Yarra Valleyís booming wine and food scene on a full-day tour with an expert foodie guide. Learn the art of wine tasting at boutique cellar doors, sample artisan chocolates and fresh strawberries, sip handcrafted beer and cider at a local brewery and have lunch at a winery. Travel in a deluxe minicoach equipped with an onboard coffee machine and caf-style seating. Enjoy a more personalized experience on this fun and social small-group food tour, with numbers limited to 18 passengers.Start your Yarra Valley food tour with morning pickup at your Melbourne hotel. Get comfortable on the air-conditioned minicoach with a cup of self-serve coffee from the onboard coffee machine.Head east on a scenic 1-hour drive to reach the Yarra Valley, famous for its wine and other gourmet delights. Sample delicious chocolate creations at your first stop, the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Walk around the stylish candy-colored building and see how Belgian and French chocolatiers handcraft more than 150 varieties of chocolate. Another sweet touch: the sweeping views of the large propertyís gardens, sculptures and orchards.Continue to Train Trak Winery for a guided tasting of their cool-climate wines. Enjoy stunning views from the estate, which grows its own grapes to make amazing chardonnay, pinot ros, pinot noir, cabernet sauvignon and shiraz.Next, head to Gateway Estate, a shop and tasting room located on a family farm. Try samples of their delicious local produce and gourmet products including strawberries, cheese, preserves, chutneys and strawberry liqueur.Then tuck into a French-inspired gourmet lunch at Dominique Portet, a family-run winery founded by a 10th generation winemaker. Depending on the weather, you can sit outside or in the Mediterranean-style tasting room. After lunch, enjoy wine tastings and a game of ptanque (think bocce ball). After lunch, hop into the White Rabbit Brewery for a fun introduction to brewing followed by tastings of their handcrafted cider and beer. Finish the day with a drive through the upper Yarra Valley to Killara Estate. Savor wine tastings accompanied by an antipasto platter as you gaze out over the vineyard. You might even spot kangaroos hopping through the vines.Your guide returns you to your Melbourne hotel in the evening to end your tour.

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