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Winter winery tours from Melbourne

Fancy wine being poured down in glasses for a tasting in Yarra Valley

Winery tours from Melbourne are a great way for food and wine lovers to enjoy a winter day.

Whether you want to visit the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula, we’ve got you covered with our gourmet tours. Join our award-winning group tour to the Yarra Valley for a day of tasting wines and local produce. Or book in a private tour to the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula and plan your own itinerary full of foodie delights. Because both regions are renowned for their quality wines, you are spoilt for choice for different cellar doors to visit. 

You don’t need to stay inside and avoid the cold weather in Melbourne during winter. You could be taking an excellent winery day tour from the city and filling your day with wine tasting, local produce and gourmet meals. All this in the beautiful surrounds of wineries in the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula.

To choose your ideal winter escape – check out what these wine regions have in store for you!

Wineries near Melbourne

Visitors to Melbourne are spoilt for choice when it comes to wineries near the city. Check out our guide to visiting the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula for a winery tour. 

Yarra Valley

Melbourne’s most famous wine region is the Yarra Valley. Just a 45 minute drive from the city, is a vibrant wine-making region, with an abundance of delicious local produce. The Yarra Valley is where the first grape-vines were planted in Victoria, and has some excellent cellar doors to visit on a winery tour from Melbourne. 

Highlights of the Yarra Valley wine region

  • Just 45 minutes from Melbourne
  • Over 70 wineries to choose from
  • Cellar doors and restaurants with open fireplaces
  • The region is known for pinot noir and chardonnay varieties
  • Delicious local produce including cheese, chocolate and fresh fruit

Mornington Peninsula

The Mornington Peninsula has established itself as a booming wine region in Victoria. Just one hour from Melbourne, the region’s vineyards are complemented by vibrant coastal scenery. There’s more than 50 cellar doors to choose from, plus excellent restaurants and cafes.

Highlights of the Mornington Peninsula wine region

  • Boutique wineries and cellar doors
  • Restaurants and cafes serving local produce
  • Renowned for pinot noir wines
  • Spectacular coastal scenery

Take a Tour in Winter!

Here’s what to expect if you take one of our winery tours from Melbourne in winter.

 Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour

The Yarra Valley Gourmet Tour is a one day group tour from Melbourne. It highlights the best wines and local produce in the Yarra Valley. 

On tour you’ll start the day with an exclusive farm gate visit at Yarra Farm Fresh. This boutique, third-generation orchard and produce store is where you’ll sample a range of seasonal fruits and local produce. Further to this, you’ll learn about the range of farm-fresh fruits grown on the property.

Next, you’ll travel to one of the valley’s true icons, Balgownie Estate. The first winery visit of the tour is where you’ll learn how to swirl, sniff, and slurp like a true connoisseur. All this while tasting their extensive range of quality wines.

Up next, the cheeses at the Yarra Valley Dairy will truly melt in your mouth. The dairy shop is located in the century-old milking shed on the property. They specialise in soft cheeses and fetas – which you can taste on tour. The cheeses here are truly stunning and will have your tastebuds working overtime!

Your gourmet lunch is by the open fireplace at Rochford Wines. For lunch you can choose from four different main meals – each using fresh, in-season local produce – served with a glass of wine and tea or coffee. After lunch, take some time to explore. For example, you can visit the Rochford gift shop, or perhaps climb the spiral staircase to enjoy the panoramic views of the property.

For the final winery of the day you’ll visit Yering Station, where Victoria’s first grape vines were planted back in 1838. This winery is a member of the Australian Tourism Hall of Fame and a tasting of their exceptional wine range is not to be missed.

To finish the tour you’ll visit the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie. This is where you’ll be welcomed with an exclusive chocolate tasting. Afterwards, check out the displays of thousands of premium chocolates, plus watch the expert chocolatiers hard at work handcrafting chocolate creations.

Private winery tours to the Yarra Valley

If you like the sound of taking a tour to the Yarra Valley wine region, but would prefer to tailor the itinerary yourself – we can help you out! Our private tours can cater for 1 to 100 guests and can be completely arranged to meet your needs. 

Do you prefer beer instead of wine? Ask us about the numerous micro-breweries in the Yarra Valley, or maybe visit Four Pillars Gin Distillery, recently named one of the world’s top 10 distilleries!

Or would you prefer a stronger focus on wine than on local produce? We can adapt our itinerary to ensure more opportunities to sniff, slurp, and swill.

Further to this, you might like to add some Australian wildlife to your Yarra Valley visit. Meeting many Australian animals at Healesville Sanctuary, located just a short drive from many great wineries is a great way to spend the morning.

To organise a private tour to the Yarra Valley, simply contact us and we will be happy to arrange it for you. 

Mornington Peninsula private winery tours

If you prefer to visit the Mornington Peninsula  wine region, we would be happy to tailor a tour to suit your needs. As such, we can customise your itinerary, timings, and inclusions to suit your and your family, friends or colleagues. Because we will help you choose the wineries and cellar doors, we can ensure that your experience is unique and memorable.

Choose from wine tastings, beer tastings and gourmet lunch options. Or, there are some fantastic beaches and coastal lookouts if you’d like a little bit of sight-seeing along with your wine tastings. 

You can even explore further on the Mornington Peninsula and include Bathing Boxes, Peninsula Hot Springs or Arthurs Seat Eagle on your itinerary. 

Travel with Go West Tours 

At Go West Tours we pride ourselves on exceeding industry standards for excellence and customer service. After 22 years in business, Go West Tours is still a family-owned and operated tour business. We are as committed to providing guests with an unforgettable experience as we were back in 2000.

We are the most highly-awarded tour operator in Melbourne and we guarantee to provide you with an experience that is memorable for all the right reasons. Our tour guides are knowledgeable, passionate and ready to share Melbourne’s amazing wine regions with you. 

Both the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula have an outstanding range of wineries to choose from, plus great opportunities to taste the local produce of the region. 

We guarantee a winter winery tour will be one of the highlights of your trip to Melbourne!

 

Written by: Leah Furey – Digital Content Coordinator @gowest.com.au

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