Welcome to Yarra Valley

The Yarra river starts its journey in the upper reaches of the Yarra Ranges National Park, passing through Warburton and close to Healesville before winding into Greater Melbourne and emptying into Port Phillip Bay near Williamstown.

Coldstream is considered the gateway to the Yarra Valley winery region, and most of the wineries are found within the triangle bound by Coldstream, Healesville and Yarra Glen. Further southeast, Warburton is the gateway to the Upper Yarra Valley region. There’s another knot of wineries around Wandin and Seville along Warburton Hwy (B380).

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$95.28 Day Trips & Excursions

Yarra Valley Wine and Winery Tour from Melbourne

After pickup from your selected meeting point in Melbourne, your day trip starts with the approximate 1-hour drive to the Yarra Valley. Throughout the day, you’ll be accompanied by your guide, a wine expert who will entertain and educate you about the varietals that grow in this renowned wine region. Stop at your first winery, Steels Gate Wines is a boutique winery situated in a picturesque hillside setting at Dixons Creek. Their range of wines are all estate grown and estate made offering finesse and exceptional flavour. Enjoy the relaxed atmosphere which makes this the perfect place to experience delicious wines while absorbing the serenity of the Yarra Valley Continue your day trip to your second winery, Balgownie Estate, a small vineyard famed for its cabernet sauvignon and shiraz varieties. Spend your first 30 minutes here at the tasting table, and then head into the winery restaurant for lunch, which includes a glass of wine and tea or coffee. While you eat, enjoy great views of the vineyard. Next, head to Yering Farm, a rustic winery whose cellar door is housed in a converted hay shed situated on top of a hill. Admire the antique copper tools used by pioneer winemakers more than 100 years ago while you sample the wines and before making your way to your last winery of the day, to the French champagne company Moet and Chandon's Australian production house. Take a private guided tour of the winery to see how sparkling wine is made, and then relax with a glass of bubbly while you marvel at the gorgeous vineyard views. Your day trip ends with the return drive to Melbourne, where you are dropped off at your original pickup point. Note: If lunch is not available at Balgownie Estate on the day of your tour, you’ll have lunch at a similar venue. Itinerary subject to change without notice.

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Yarra Valley Wineries with Steam Train Ride from Melbourne

Leave Melbourne in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and head 25 miles (40km) east to the Dandenong Ranges, where steep valleys, rushing waterfalls and a rainforest full of mountain ash trees cloak the 2,000 feet (610m) high mountains.When you arrive in the Dandenongs, stop in at Grants Reserve for a traditional Aussie billy tea with crackers, vegemite, and lamington cake. Enjoy your tea and the fresh mountain air, then step outside to feed colorful native birds, including the crimson rosella, pink-chested galah and sulphur-crested cockatoo. Birdsong can be heard throughout the region.After Grants Reserve, continue to Belgrave where you board the Puffing Billy Steam Train, a century-old steam train in mint condition. Relax and soak up the scenery as your train chugs along a mountain track through the heart of the rainforest between Belgrave and Menzies Creek. Travel through Sherbrooke Forest and over the old Trestle Bridge, getting great views of Port Phillip Bay as you approach Menzies Creek.Switch from the train to your coach to make the 1-hour journey to the Yarra Valley. Victoria’s premium wine growing region, the Yarra Valley is known for cool climate varietals, especially chardonnay and pinot noir. You can also expect to find sauvignon blanc, pinot gris, riesling, cabernet sauvgnon, shiraz, and merlot varieties as well. As you approach the Yarra Valley, see magnificent scenery including the Great Dividing Range. Your first stop takes in Rochford Winery, with the option to enjoy a delicious 2-course lunch accompanied by a glass of their premium wine. If you do not book the included lunch option, you can order à la carte at the winery or bring your own lunch. After your meal, continue to two other wineries where you savor the wines and learn about the vineyards and winemaking process. In the late afternoon, after visits to three vineyards for tastings, relax on the drive back to your Melbourne hotel.

$296.84 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight at Sunrise

Just 50 minutes from the Melbourne CBD lies the lush hillsides of the Yarra Valley. A place of diverse and rich history stretching back to the first settlers, The Yarra Valley is home to 90 vineyards and 35 wineries, many of which hold a reputation for creating world-class wines. The Yarra Valley is also renowned as being one of Victoria's largest tourist destinations. Ballooning over the Yarra Valley is a magnificent way to see the lush landscapes and vineyards of the Valley.On your hot air balloon flight in the Yarra Valley, the breeze will usher you along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in the breathtaking views of mountains that surround the valley. You'll have the option to pre-book a gourmet sparkling breakfast which includes a choice of fruit, yogurt, cereal, muesli and a hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms, toast, tea and coffee, orange juice and sparkling wine to celebrate your Yarra Valley balloon flight!

$164.91 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Yarra Valley Beer, Wine Tour from Melbourne in Convertible

Leaving Melbourne, put the Chevys Top Down and feel the wind in your hair as you are driven through the city’s leafy eastern suburbs with a wine expert driver-guide. You’ll pass spectacular scenery along the way to the largest wine region of Victorian striped hills 'The Yarra Valley'. Here you can taste wine at their cellar-door or visit mico-Breweries or maybe sample and buy farmhouse produce from the local area.    You have Three Yarra Valley tour options : 1 - Winery Tour with Wine Tastings. 2 - All- Inclusive Combined Wine and Beer Package with Lunch and all Wine and Beer Tastings. 3 - All-Inclusive Winery Package with Lunch and all Wine Tastings and Cheese Platter. Whichever tour you choose, you'll enjoy the Unique Experience of being chauffeur-driven through the Yarra Valley in a Classic Chevrolet Convertible  Winery Tour: With this Winery Tour you visit 4 Wineries All WineTastings included.We start at Punt Road Winery a friendly and welcoming Award Winning Winery owned by the Napoleone Family. They planted their first vineyards in 1983 and since become highly regarded for their Yarra Valley Punt Road label. The have now moved to include hand-crafted cider.Cold Stream Hills Winery founded by Renowned Wine Writer James Halliday in 1985.Dominique Portet Winery a centuries old wine making family. The Portet family holds possibly  unmatched record in the Australian wine industry. We offer Lunch at Dominique Portet Winery with their delicious Mediterranean Platter. We may travel to Maddens Rise Winery the philosophy is to maintain, preserve, and where possible and appropriate ecologically enhance the natural vineyard environment by embracing the use of ‘biological’ farming practices in other words keep it Organic.Another winery we visit is Greenstone Winery one of Yarra Valleys most progressive unique winery with award winning wines that are sold both nationally and in key markets around the world. Here we may stop for their Cheese Platter and accommpaning winesAll-Inclusive Winery Package:If you choose the All-inclusive Winery Tour, you'll follow the above itinerary, plus enjoy a Delicious Mediterranean Lunch with a complimentary bottle of wine of your choice at Dominique Portet Winery and a Cheese Platter at Evergreen Winery with wine pairing. Combined Wine and Beer Package: If you can’t decide between Wine and Beer choose the Combined Tour and visit two wineries and two breweries. Lunch is at Dominique Portet a delicious Mediterranean Platter with wine.  All Wine Tastings and Beer Tasting Paddles are included.

$419.25 Air, Helicopter & Balloon Tours

Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour

Your ultimate Yarra Valley experience commences with an early morning pick up your Melbourne hotel or from the Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley for a spectacular sunrise balloon flight. Take in the magnificent views of the Yarra Valley as your balloon floats above the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River. After your breathtaking hot-air balloon flight you'll enjoy a gourmet sparkling breakfast. The meal begins with fruit, yogurt, cereal and muesli, followed by a hot breakfast of bacon, eggs, hash browns, sausages, tomatoes, mushrooms and toast, with tea and coffee, orange juice and sparkling wine.  Your full-day excursion tour continues with a Yarra Valley winery tour. Travel by air-conditioned vehicle to four premium wineries. Learn about traditional wine-making techniques as you sample some of Australia's best wines. You'll also enjoy a superb lunch at Balgownie Estate restaurant with a complimentary glass of wine.

$120.94 Food, Wine & Nightlife

Yarra Valley Cider and Beer Tour from Melbourne

Throughout your day you will visit five venues including brew pubs, tasting rooms and beer gardens who will serve up a range of gin, fruit wines, beer, cifers and kombuchas. The itinerary for each tour is chosen to minimize travel time and maximize customer enjoyment and is unique for each tour. This style of flexible, relaxed touring ensures you are not bound by strict time limitations at each venue and can enjoy an ad-hoc tasting of beers out of the bright tanks; join a cider maker for a taste of their new secret creation or get involved in a gin tasting on the distillery tour with a special guest distiller.Stops may include:Napoleone Brewery and Ciderhouse: part of Punt Road Wines. Drawing on their winemaking background, these beer and cider-makers produce high-quality ciders using fruit grown on their estate and craft small-batch beers.St Ronan’s Cider: where you sample a variety of ciders made from apples and pears, as well as berry wines, sparkling wines and ports. Their ciders come in regular draft-style as well as methode traditionelle (a French method for making Champagne).Buckley's Beer: The oldest brewery in the Yarra Valley: Hear about the craftsmanship, top-notch ingredients and solar energy that goes into creating Buckley’s great beers before enjoying a tasting.Hargreaves Hill: for a tasting paddle and lunch. After sampling several options, pick the beer that you like best, then enjoy a complimentary glass of their beer or cider to go with your meal.Coldstream Brewery: for a tasting paddle and snack. A brewpub that supplements its roster of beers with seasonal specialties and locally produced ciders.Riders Beer Co: a family owned and run winery from the Kelly Brothers of Kellybrook winery and Kellybrothers cider fame. The Public Brewery: combining their own brews and great food, you can enjoy some of the worlds best beers.Four Pillars Gin Distillery: for a gin tasting at this award winning state of the art distillery.Throughout the day, your expert guide shares informative and entertaining commentary. After a fun-filled day of food and drink, you are returned to your starting point in the late afternoon to end your tour.

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