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Private Day Tour, Mornington Peninsula Guided Wine Tour

Indulge in fine wines at the stunning Mornington Peninsula wine region with a private guided wine tour.

The Mornington Peninsula is a glorious tapestry of changing topography, vegetation and cultivation, lending itself to be one of Victoria’s leading food and wine regions.

Some of the most picturesque wineries in Victoria can be found throughout this area. Regarded highly as a quality cool climate wine-growing region you will find some of the best Australian examples of Chardonnay, Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

The Mornington Peninsula has captivated visitors for more than 100 years. Attracted by the gentle hills, miles of sparkling bay beaches, rugged surf beaches and stunning coastal scenery, people flock to the peninsula to enjoy all it has to offer.

Enjoy private tastings, delectable farm grown produce and meet a variety of artisans throughout this coastal wine region. Lunch will be served at a stunning vineyard restaurant, and the rest of the afternoon is at your leisure.

Sample more fine wine or try something a little different with a visit to Main Ridge Dairy, Red Hill Cheese or Mornington Peninsula Chocolates. Your guide is at hand to whisk you away to where your tastes desire.

Operates

Daily, on request.

Need to Know

  • Maximum of 10 guests allowed.
  • Mobility accommodations available – please speak to your About Australia Destination Specialist at time of booking.
  • Dietary accommodations available.
  • Child seats available.

Times

Departs at 9am and lasts approximately 8 hours.

Inclusions

  • Private guided wine tour.
  • A memorable coastal drive, passing historic colored bathing boxes.
  • Scenic views from Arthur’s Seat lookout.
  • Spectacular ocean and Port Phillip Bay beaches.
  • Seaside villages.
  • Morning tea.
  • Seated range tasting with sommelier at Crittenden Estate.
  • Wine tasting at local wineries – fully tailored to the interests and passions of our client.
  • The finest Mornington Peninsula produce with wine at a vineyard restaurant for lunch – 2-course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft-drink).
  • Travel in a luxury vehicle.
  • Return transfers from Melbourne accommodation.
Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style - Full Day

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!
Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafes offering delicious homemade produce.

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – just a treat!

Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colorful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.

Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat!

This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.

You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!

From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.

After your journey on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You’ll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (additional cost). Then you’ll stop at two more wineries to sample a selection of quality wines.

Day Tour, Yarra Valley Wine Tour

Enjoy the ultimate wine experience with this visit to 4 revered estates, complete with tastings and gourmet lunch.

You’ll be guided by a genuine Wine Expert who is there to entertain and educate you, not just dazzle you with wine snobbery!

Head to Greenstone which is beautifully situated on a single site in the picturesque Yarra Valley. The Winery and Cellar Door, nestled at the base of the Christmas Hills, have unparalleled views of the Estate vineyard and Great Dividing ranges. It is here that winemaking operations are carried out, making Greenstone one of the most progressive wineries in the valley.

Next, you’ll visit Balgownie Estate – clearly one of the most stylish venues in the Yarra Valley with wines to match. Balgownie Estate has a marvelous restaurant with fantastic views and great wines to taste at the cellar door. Enjoy a high-quality restaurant lunch with a glass of Balgownie Estate wine to compliment your meal.

Enjoy a boutique experience at Yering Farm with stunning views and rustic charm. Experience wines made with traditional methods in their cellar door, which showcases antique copper wine making tools used by pioneer wine makers.

End your tour at Soumah of Yarra Valley where the Yarra Valley cool climate focus allows this winery to specialize in wine styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and southeastern France. With awards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a passion for northern Italian varieties, you will be sure to find something pleasing while overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyard and the majestic Warramate Hills.

Operates
Daily
Departs 9:00am, Returns 5:00pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate on December 25th and 26th

Includes
– Return transfers from select Melbourne accommodations
– Guidance from a wine expert
– Tastings at up to 4 different wineries
– 1-course lunch with a glass of wine

Need to Know
– Children under 5 are not allowed
– Maximum of 8 participants per booking
– A personal water bottle is permitted, additional food and beverages will be available for purchase
– This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form
– Tour may be changed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and winery availability

Upgrades
– Upgrade to a 2 or 3 course lunch
– Private tours available

Private Day Tour, Yarra Valley Private Wine Explorer Tour

Indulge in Yarra Valley on this private luxury visit to 4 of the area’s most revered wineries, including lunch and a premium glass of wine.

Choose to fit as many wineries as you can from among the many wineries in the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, or choose to take it leisurely. You set the pace on board your luxury transport vehicle equipped with your own private wine expert.

Most popular itinerary:

Visit Balgownie Estate – clearly one of the most stylish venues in the Yarra Valley with wines to match. Balgownie Estate has a marvelous restaurant with fantastic views and great wines to taste at the cellar door. Enjoy a high-quality restaurant lunch with a glass of Balgownie Estate wine to complement your meal.

Enjoy a boutique experience at Yering Farm with stunning views and rustic charm. Experience wines made with traditional methods in their cellar door, which showcases antique copper wine making tools used by pioneer wine makers.

Stop in at Soumah of Yarra Valley where the Yarra Valley cool climate focus allows this winery to specialize in wine styles and varieties typical to northern Italy and southeastern France. With awards for Chardonnay and Pinot Noir and a passion for northern Italian varieties, you will be sure to find something pleasing while overlooking the rolling hills of the vineyard and the majestic Warramate Hills.

End your tour at French Champagne company Moet & Chandon’s Australian production house Domaine Chandon. Include a guided walk through the winery with privileged access and a glass of Australia’s best bubbly.

Operates
By Request Only
Departs 9:30am, Returns 5:00pm (approx.)
Tour does not operate on December 25th and 26th

Includes
– Return transfers from Melbourne accommodation in discreet (no signage) vehicle
– Four wine tastings at preferred cellar doors
– Personal wine expert guide
– One course lunch with glass of wine

Need to Know
– Children under 7 must be in their own child seat in accordance with VicRoads
– Child rates are the same as adult rates
– Up to 6 participants on each tour, group rates available for more than 6
– A personal water bottle is permitted, additional food and beverages will be available for purchase
– Please wear comfortable seasonal clothing (warmer clothes for the cooler months and lighter clothing for the warmer months)
– This experience can be catered to your dietary needs. Please advise of any special dietary requirements when completing your Traveler Information Form
– Tour may be changed or cancelled due to unforeseen circumstances and winery availability

Upgrades
– May upgrade to a 2 or 3 course lunch
– May include additional or optional wineries in tour for an additional cost
– Healesville Sanctuary – explore a bushland haven for Australian wildlife
– Four Pillars Gin – a small Australian distillery in the Yarra Valley
– Yarra Valley Chocolaterie
– Micro-Breweries
– Wild About Fruit Farmgate

Day Tour, Unique De Bortoli Wine Experience

Experience a behind-the-scenes vineyard and winery tour to see what goes into making premium Yarra Valley wine.

Taste some of the maturing wines straight from the barrel. Enjoy a seated gourmet cheese and wine tasting held in the De Bortoli Trophy Room.

During the 60 minute session, taste a selection of current and older vintages, all served with a gourmet cheese platter.

Enjoy a seasonal 3 course Italian-inspired Chef’s Menu lunch with matched wines. Tea and coffee are served with home-made biscotti to finish off your special day.

Operates

Thursday – Monday, except on Easter holidays, April 25, December 25, 26, 31, January 1, 26 & 27.

Need to Know

  • Minimum number of 2 guests required.
  • Maximum of 4 guests allowed.
  • All guests must be over the age of 18.
  • Dietary accommodations available – ask your About Australia Destination Specialist.

Times

Tour begins at 10am and lasts approximately 4.5 hours.

Inclusions

  • Guided winery tour.
  • Private cheese and wine tasting.
  • 3-course lunch with matching wines.

Upgrades

Upgrade to include return transfers, chauffeured car services or helicopter services.

Day Tour, Puffing Billy Steam Train & Wine Country in Style - Full Day

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!

See some of the most beautiful scenery in Victoria with a ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train!
Travel to the Dandenong Ranges, where you’ll enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea in the mountains, followed by an unforgettable ride on the Puffing Billy Steam Train. Then you;ll visit the delightful village of Sassafras for boutique shopping.

The Dandenong Ranges, known to the locals as the Dandenongs, are beautiful low mountain ranges just 21 miles east of Melbourne. At their peak, they rise to more than 2,066 feet and are cloaked in lush rainforests of Mountain Ash trees (the tallest flowering plant in the world), waterfalls, rolling hills and steep valleys. The region is home to the famous Puffing Billy Railway, numerous art and craft stores and cafes offering delicious homemade produce.

Nestled in the heart of the Dandenong Mountains is Grant’s Reserve, a haven in the wilderness. On arrival you will be charmed by the surrounding mountain hue and crisp clear air. While here you will enjoy a traditional Devonshire Tea of homemade scones, served warm with jam and cream, and tea served in china tea cups – just a treat!

Grant’s Reserve is a paradise for bird life and will be you’ll be serenaded by the wonderful bird song that fills the valley. You can also handfeed some of the most striking Australian birds such as the colorful Crimson Rosella, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo and pink-chested Galah. It’s a lot of fun and a great opportunity to get a photo.

Next you head the short distance to Belgrave, home of the famous Puffing Billy Steam Train, where you are in for a real treat!

This century-old steam train is maintained in its original glory and runs to this day on its own mountain track from Belgrave to Gembrook. Here you’ll go back in time as you get on board for a 30-minute ride through the heart of the rainforest.

You’ll see the locomotive depot that services and maintains the train, head through the gorgeous Sherbrooke Forest and ride over the old Trestle Bridge. Just before Menzies Creek you can see stunning views of Port Phillip Bay before heading through Paradise Valley and on to the townships of Emerald and Gembrook. What a great ride!

From Gembrook you will then be on your way to the lovely little village of Sassafras. You’ll be travelling through thick rainforest that is home to all sorts of wildlife, so keep an eye out for Lyre Birds and Wallabies. Once in Sassafras you can take your time to explore the delightful antique and craft shops dotted throughout the village. You might even find a little something to take home with you.

After your journey on the Puffing Billy Steam Train, travel into the prosperous heart of picturesque wine country, the Yarra Valley, and visit Rochford Wines to taste some of their award-winning wines. You’ll have the opportunity to relax over lunch and a glass of one of their superb regional wines (additional cost). Then you’ll stop at two more wineries to sample a selection of quality wines.