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We’re thrilled to announce that we have been awarded the 2019 Travellers’ Choice Award and be in the “Top 10 Wine Experiences in the World!” 

And, not to toot our own horn…but alongside being awarded the 2019 traveller’s choice award, we have also earned a Certificate of Excellence every year for the past five years, thus qualifying us for TripAdvisor’s Certificate of Excellence Hall of Fame

From everyone here at Australian Wine Tour Company, we’d like to thank you all our wonderful customers for recommending us!

A little bit about our award-winning company…

We’re market leaders in Victorian winery tourism offering both public and private touring options.

We pride ourselves on offering the best value winery tours out of Melbourne.

Our Daily Public Yarra Valley Wine Experience has an affordable price with an incredibly high-quality product that has made us the most popular winery tour from Melbourne. Tours to the stunning Yarra Valley cater to everyone’s needs from beginner to expert, mixing a fun social environment with entertainment and education.

The big difference is our roster of charismatic, experienced and knowledgeable tour bus drivers and guides… 

All our driver/guides have extensive wine industry experience as well as exceptional customer service skills. They have come from positions such as viticulturalists, winemakers and sommeliers. They are passionate and enthusiastic about all things wine and are eager to share their knowledge with you.

Perhaps you are interested in one of our award-winning tours? You’re in the right place! Read all the important information you need to know below-

General Information:

Visit Yarra Valley wineries on a tour from Melbourne that includes tastings and a vineyard lunch. You’ll tour four beloved Yarra Valley wineries—Steels Gate Winery, Balgownie Estate, Yering Farm, and Domaine Chandon—while learning about the flavours and terroir of YarraValley wines. This wine tour is a great introduction to the picturesque Yarra Valley wine region, with transfers available from selected locations in Melbourne.

What you can expect with Australian Wine Tour Co.’s Award Winning Yarra Valley Wine Tours!
  • Visit four wineries for a comprehensive overview of Yarra Valley wines
  • See century-old winemaking equipment and learn about the region’s terroir
  • Great value: Tour includes tastings and vineyard-view lunch with wine
  • Hassle-free: Convenient pickup and drop-off at the selected location

Meet your driver at your selected meeting point, then enjoy views of the scenic countryside on the 1-hour drive from the city to the Yarra Valley. The first stop of the day is the rustic Yering Farm, where you sample wines and check out historic winemaking equipment before heading to Balgownie Estate, famed for its cabernet sauvignon and Shiraz varietals. After a tasting, visit the winery restaurant for a lunch served with a glass of wine and tea or coffee. (If the winery is not serving lunch on the day of the tour, a similar location will be substituted.)

From Balgownie Estate, continue to the award-winning Steels Gate Winery and Domaine

Chandon, the Australian production house of Moët & Chandon —learn about sparkling winemaking as you sip a glass of bubbly.

Following a day of wine tasting, the tour concludes with drop-off at your original departure point.

Departure Point

We pick up from the below locations:

9:00 am Radisson Flagstaff Hotel, 380 William Street, Melbourne

9:20 am Holiday Inn Melbourne on Flinders Lane, 575 Flinders Lane, Melbourne

9:30 am St Paul’s Cathedral, 200 Flinders Street, Melbourne

9:35 am Her Majesty’s Theatre, 219 Exhibition Street, Melbourne

9:40 am Old Melbourne Gaol, 377 Russell Street, Melbourne

Duration

8hours total

Return Details

Returns to original departure points between 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm depending on traffic conditions.

Inclusions
  • Pickup and drop-off from designated meeting points
  • Transport by air-conditioned minibus
  • Wine tastings at four Yarra Valley wineries
  • Lunch at Balgownie Estate or equivalent
  • A glass of wine and tea or coffee with lunch
  • Wine tasting at Yering Farm Wines
  • Wine tasting and lunch at Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort & Spa
  • Tour and glass of bubbles at Domaine Chandon Winery
Exclusions
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Cruise port pickup and drop-off
Additional Info
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult; 1 child to every 2 adults
  • The minimum age for this tour is 5 years at adult rate; prior to boarding, a consent form must be signed by the parent or guardian of any child between the ages of 5 and 10 to confirm the child’s age
  • Minimum age is to drink alcohol is 18 years
  • Vegetarian option is available daily, for other special dietary needs please advise at booking
  • This tour operates with a maximum of 24 passengers and the maximum number of people per booking is 8; it cannot be guaranteed that groups larger than 8 will be accommodated on the same vehicle
  • Please note: The exact itinerary, venues and timing are subject to change without notice

 

Cancellation Policy

If you cancel at least 3 days in advance of the scheduled departure, there is no cancellation fee.

If you cancel within 2 days of the scheduled departure, there is a 100 per cent cancellation fee.

For more information on our winery tour offers and associated experiences, get in touch with the lovely team at the Australian Wine Tour Company, listed in Trip Advisor’s top 10 Winery Tour Experiences in the world!!!

Book HERE!

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Flowers are finally in bloom.

The thermometers are creeping about 15c degrees every day, and people seem to have a little more of a bounce in their step… what could these things mean?

Well… Firstly, that winter is finally over, and secondly, that spring is finally here! On behalf of the team at the Australian Wine Tour Company, we’d like first of all, to congratulate you! And to offer you some tips as well as highlight some of the more magical things you can experience this springtime in the Yarra Valley!

Hot Air Ballooning

Want a truly spectacular way to see the best of the Yarra Valley with Victoria’s leading hot air balloon company? Then you needn’t look any further than our beautiful partners, Global Ballooning Australia-

A mere 50 minutes away from the bustling CBD of Melbourne, the beautiful, serene and world-famous Yarra-Valley awaits! Steeped in rich history, even richer soil and some of the most celebrated wine varieties in the world, the Yarra Valley is a sublime place to fly over, and eventually end up having a glass of wine in!

These breathtaking views are truly awe-inspiring, when soaring at 3000 feet- leaving you to enjoy a sense of timelessness and adventure, combined with the comfort of knowing that you are in safe, experienced hands.

Global Ballooning Australia is a family owned Victorian Business. We pride ourselves on our service, safety record and status as market leaders.

Melbourne is one of the few cities around the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and definitely one of the best ways to see Australia’s second largest city!

Global Ballooning Australia passengers receive a complimentary souvenir pack, which include special offers and discounts at various attractions around Victoria.

Let the cool mid-morning breeze usher you in a hot air balloon along corridors of elegant grape vines and over the stunning Yarra River. As the seasons change so do the views of the mountains and the falling leaves of all the orchard groves and valley trees.

Visit Steel’s Gate Wines

Situated in a picturesque hillside setting at Dixons Creek, Steels Gate Cellar Door and Restaurant is located just 60km from the heart of Melbourne; comprised of two handcrafted boutique vineyards within the Yarra Valley.

Steels Gate Home Block Vineyard, situated at 230m above sea level was planted in the late 1970’s on an undulating slope on friable grey loam soils. Completely unirrigated and hand nurtured, surrounded by National Park. The vines are cared for by hand and the grapes carefully hand-picked at the perfect harvest time.

Specialising in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc, Pinot/Chardonnay Sparkling, Pinot Noir Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon varieties, Matt and Brad from Steel’s Gate have managed the viticulture on their Home Block vineyard for the past 9 years, with the aim to make wine that expresses the natural characteristics of the fruit from each site.

This winery is simply perfect to visit in the Spring, and in our humble opinion, one of the true hidden gems of the beautiful Yarra Valley!

Yarra Valley Dairy

In misty, leafy Hubertswood, lies the crown jewel of the Yarra Valley’s Cheesemaking family! With more than a century-old history in the dairy industry, Yarra Valley Dairy specialise in premium quality dairy and butter products, using the richest milk available to produce truly delicious farmhouse produce!

Persian feta cheese made from Australian cheese. White mould goats cheeses. Bullseye hard cows milk cheese. Yarra Valley dairy is simply creating a product that people love and tastes great too, all the while- changing the landscape of cheesemaking in Australia.

Visitors get to experience the farm, and as well, get to experience the magical Yarra Valley through tasting its some of their sublime and delicious products.

As you can see there are so many incredible things to do in our world-famous Yarra valley- and it’s just on your doorstep! Be sure to check out some of our suggestions and spend a day or two sampling some of the best springtime activities to be found anywhere in the world.

For more information on our winery tour offers and associated experiences, get in touch with the lovely team at the Australian Wine Tour Company, listed in Trip Advisor’s top 10 Winery Tour Experiences in the world!!!

 

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Old vs. New World

 

As the old adage goes: no two wines are the same.

Much can be said for different wine varieties and winemaking techniques, but what of the old and new world?

Winemaking methods in some parts of the world haven’t changed in centuries, with vigneron’s choosing to pay homage to the age-old ways of producing the world’s favourite ‘grape juice’. However, with the advent of the ‘New World’ winemaking regions, in countries like America, Argentina and even our own celebrated Australia, modern-day winemakers in many regions have opted to try out new methods, in the hope to create something truly new and unique; something which the traditional makers were yet to do.

Whilst you may think that the old and new world would be split up based on the techniques used to produce the wines of a particular region, the divide actually stems from those regions which have a well-established wine culture already.

Regions like Bordeaux and Bourguignonne in France, the Tuscan valley in Italy, or even Basque country in Northern Spain have been producing wines for thousands of years. Whereas the regions of the Barossa Valley and even Victoria’s own Yarra Valley are full to the brim with new world winemakers trying new things, experimenting with blends and even putting new twists on old classics.

Here at Australian wine tours, we have many valued and long-lasting partnerships- including many of the Yarra Valley’s most esteemed wineries.

Steel’s Gate Wines

Steels Gate is a beautiful boutique vineyard and winery located in Steels Creek, Victoria, Australia. Almost completely surrounded by National Park, this 82-acre property grows Chardonnay and Pinot Noir grapes across 6 acres of vines mostly planted in the late 1970’s, with the cellar door eventually established in 2009.

New World Wine, Old World Methods

Specialising in Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Blanc de Blanc, Pinot/Chardonnay Sparkling, Pinot Noir Rose, Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Semillon varieties, Matt and Brad from Steel’s Gate have managed the viticulture on their Home Block vineyard for the past 9 years, with the aim to make wine that expresses the natural characteristics of the fruit from each site.

The misty vines at Steel’s Gate “Premium wine starts with a well-managed vineyard.”

Steel’s Gate has been producing some outstanding New World wines for almost a decade, from their intense, fruity Home Block Pinot Noir, to a traditionelle Blanc de Blancs.

See their Cellar Door Price List here!

Geography And Taste

Geography plays a large part in the flavour profile of wines but tradition also influences the approach winemakers take when deciding on what sort of craftsmanship they employ and ultimately what sort of wine style they aim to achieve.

Known as the “Old World” and “New World”, both these approaches give life to two very distinctive styles of wines.

Old Vs. New

Wines made in the “Old World” style are associated with the traditional winegrowing regions in Europe such as France, Italy, Spain, and Portugal. These regions are famous for their early history in wine production, with their style of wine often displaying a degree of elegance and finesse sought out by the global wine connoisseur.

Conversely, wines produced in the “New World” are from countries where winemaking is a relatively modern industry. Places like North America, Australia and New Zealand who have a winemaking history that is only 100 to 200 years old. These wine producing countries are more often than not climatically diverse to those of their European counterparts. Often these ‘New World’ regions experience longer, warmer summers that result in riper fruit with more overt varietal characters.

What’s the difference?

Steeped in history, the Old World winemaking approach evokes images of age-old, traditional wine practices where, because of the climate, the varietal expression is subtle so the winemaker will focus more on crafting a wine that has wonderful structure and texture.

The Old World style utilises softer, more subdued oak flavour profiles – to ensure balance with those subtler varietal expressions. These wines tend to be defined by the winemaker’s knowledge of blending theory where the winemaker aims to create a ‘seamless transition across the palate’, from start to finish.

Winemakers in the New World tend to be blessed with a warmer climate and so their approach will often focus on emphasising the overt primary fruit characteristics, delivered naturally by Mother Nature. Again, to ensure balance, the winemakers may employ stronger oak influences and will create wines that are noticeably fuller bodied than their European counterparts.

These factors are most notable in the highly regarded big & bold Shiraz style for which Australia is most famous.

Newer Isn’t Always Better

That’s entirely up to you, your palate, and how you’re aiming to enjoy your wine.

Wines crafted from the Old World style are often designed with the intention of cellaring, allowing the further development of palate structure and texture over time. For some, this approach is considered the hallmark method of crafting exceptional wines – particularly the long-lived Cabernet Sauvignon from Bordeaux, France.

In comparison, New World wines display generous and vibrant fruit characteristics that some drinkers may prefer to enjoy young. In many cases, robust and full-bodied, wines of the New World don’t need to wait around and are perfect accompaniments to enjoy in the moment.

Ever since the rise of the New World of winemaking, there has been vigorous debate as to which is better, which qualities of each world are redeeming and those that can be improved or tweaked. But one thing is for sure, whether you prefer to live in the moment, or bide your time, winemakers and wine lovers will continue to be delighted by the diverse richness and approachability of all styles from across both of the delicious and expansive worlds of wine.

Drink up!

For more information on our tour offerings or for any general inquiries, don’t hesitate to get in contact with the team at Australian Wine Tour Company today!

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Want a truly spectacular way to see the best of the Yarra Valley with Victoria’s leading hot air balloon company? Then you needn’t look any further than our beautiful partners, Global Ballooning Australia

Our Yarra Valley Balloon Flight and Winery Tour Package is the absolute best of both worlds- combine a flight and wine tour in a day of truly sublime experiences.

A mere 50 minutes away from the bustling CBD of Melbourne, the beautiful, serene and world-famous Yarra-Valley awaits! Steeped in rich history, even richer soil and some of the most celebrated wine varieties in the world, the Yarra Valley is a sublime place to fly over, and eventually end up having a glass of wine in!

These breathtaking views are truly awe-inspiring, when soaring at 3000 feet- leaving you to enjoy a sense of timelessness and adventure, combined with the comfort of knowing that you are in safe, experienced hands.

Global Ballooning Australia is a family owned Victorian Business. We pride ourselves on our service, safety record and status as market leaders.

Melbourne is one of the few cities around the world that can be traversed by hot air balloon and definitely one of the best ways to see Australia’s second largest city!

Global Ballooning Australia passengers receive a complimentary souvenir pack, which include special offers and discounts at various attractions around Victoria.

Let the cool mid-morning breeze usher you in a hot air balloon along corridors of elegant grape vines and over the stunning Yarra River. As the seasons change so do the views of the mountains and the falling leaves of all the orchard groves and valley trees.

Tour Details

10:30 am       

Global Ballooning transfer to Yering Station

10:45 am       

Depart Yering Station Winery

Australian Wine Tour Company guide/driver will collect you from Yering Station Wines to commence the wine tour portion of the tour.

 

11:00am       

Steels Gate Wines

Steels Gate 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.

 

12:00pm       

Balgownie Estate

Indulge in a guided tasting session at Balgownie Estate tasting table. Make your selection of wine for lunch and take your complimentary glass of wine to the restaurant with its magnificent vineyard views. Lunch includes a main meal, a glass of Balgownie Estate wine & tea or coffee.

 

1:30 pm         

Yering Farm

The old hay shed situated at the top of the hill, overlooks stunning views, has been converted into a charming rustic Cellar Door, oozing with character. The Cellar Door proudly showcases antique copper tools used by pioneer winemakers over a century ago. A fantastic environment to enjoy superb wines made with traditional winemaking techniques.

 

2:15pm         

Domaine Chandon

French Champagne company Moet & Chandon’s Australian production house Domain Chandon is the perfect way to finish the day with a guided tour through the winery that shows how the wine is made followed by a relaxing glass of Australia’s best bubbly and a view that will leave you in awe. Spectacular, to say the least.

 

3:30 pm         

Leave Yarra Valley back to Melbourne

 

4:30-5pm     

Return to Drop off points

**Itinerary is subject to change

Sound like something you might like? Do you have a truly special occasion coming up? Get in touch with the beautiful team at Australian Wine Tour Company today and ask about your tour options!

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