Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours
Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours
Discover the secrets of Victoria’s premier wine region on our Yarra Valley wine tasting tours
$145 Adults 18+ years
Introducing our Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours
Calling all tastebud explorers for a one-day perfect combo, of travel and taste, as we sample our way through the stunningly exquisite Yarra Valley. While wine is historically a big part of the area, these days you can delight in a plethora of options including fresh local produce, liquors, chocolate, craft beer and understand the process of winemaking. As we get to sip award-winning vino and brews, whilst chatting to the person who actually made it whilst being surrounded by spectacular landscapes and vineyard views.
Our day starts with an indulgent feast for your senses, at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery. With over 250 hand-crafted chocolates to purchase and an abundance of free chocolate samples to enjoy. We have the pleasure of visiting several boutique wineries and cellar-door estates, such as Helen & Joey Estate, Helen’s Hill and Whispering Hills. And we haven’t forgotten those with a hard-earned thirst for a big, cold beer, with a stop at Watts River Brewing.
We’ve added free time in Healesville, for guests to grab lunch and explore the gateway town to the Yarra Valley. This ties into us offering our guests the opportunity to discover the region through local eyes, and see what the Yarra Valley is really like rather than being shuttled between wineries. Whilst in Healesville, we highly recommend exploring the local shops, cafes and restaurants or even pop into Alchemy Distillery for a tasting if your taste buds call (own expense).
This unique wine tour, explores all the treasures of the Yarra Valley district in a relaxed small group environment and away from the tourist masses. Highlighting some of our favourite boutique wineries and keen brewers, passionate about creating high quality beer for everyone to enjoy. Giving our guests the opportunity to meet the maker along the way and truly enjoy what this world-class region has to offer. Driving Distance: 140km.
*Itinerary and winery stops may change seasonally, depending on availability and special event closures.
- Tour Code: YV-S
- Operates: Mon, Thur, Fri, Sat, Sun.
- Duration: 8.5 hours
- Departs: 8:00am
- Returns: 4:30pm approx
- 3 Boutique winery tastings
- 1 Craft brewery tasting
- Local produce samples
- Free time to explore Healesville
- Relaxed small group atmosphere
- Expert driver guide with commentary
- Air-conditioned mini-coach travel
- Select inner city pick up and drop offs
- Discover the Yarra Valley, Australia’s premier wine region
- Indulge in some sweet samples from the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery
- Morning visit to two stunning boutique estates with cellar-door tastings – Helen & Joey and Helen’s Hill
- Free time to explore the gateway town and heart of the Yarra Valley; Healesville (lunch at own expense)
- Try a local craft beer at Watts River Brewery, meet the passionate brewers
- Relaxing afternoon tasting of sustainably grown and harvested cool climate wines with scenic vineyard views
- Reconnect with loved ones in a small group atmosphere
Yarra Valley Day Tour – Ashley, 2019
“I had a fantastic day at the Yarra Valley and our guide Charlie was the best!”
With just less than an hour drive from Melbourne, Yarra Valley has been in the business of producing and delivering world-class wines for over seventeen decades. The region’s proximity to the city makes it a favourite Melbourne wine tours destination.
The wines of Yarra Valley are simply sensational. They’re artistically crafted to deliver a brilliant front to back finish on the palate. Understand the mystery and the secret hidden underneath the soil that grows the best vines that produce world-class wines. Australian wine is truly the best in the hemisphere because the fertility gods and cool climate made them so!read more
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery
Chocoholics rejoice, as we stop at the Charlie and the Chocolate Factory-like wonderland. Sample and take home from over 250 different chocolate products, showcasing locally sourced ingredients, the best quality single origin, plus Belgian couverture chocolate and cocoa butter. You will learn about the history of chocolate and understand how cacao beans travel from the jungles of South America and Africa, all the way to your mouth. Watch how chocolate is made and see how it is transformed into all its delightful varieties. Proudly part of the Cocoa Horizons program, you will also hear about the importance of improving the livelihoods of cocoa farmers, their communities and the environment, through sustainable farming.
Helen & Joey Estate
Our sensory adventure continues with a visit to Helen & Joey Estate. This beautiful 200-acre winery, located in the Gruyere sub-district of the Yarra Valley, right at the base of the Warramate Ranges, is split between 65% red and 35% white varieties of grapes and was purchased in 2010 by its namesakes. Excitingly, the senior winemaker here is Meg Brodtmann MW, the first Australian born female to be admitted to the Institute of Masters of Wine. Catering to a variety of different thirsts, there’s the easy drinking Inara label, which includes a sparkling, a rosé, three reds and two whites; premium wines under the Layla and Alena labels and vegan-friendly experimental choices, as part of the Wayward Child collection. Remember to keep your eyes peeled as you raise your glass, as you may spot a kangaroo or two, hopping between the vines and across the hillside.
Helen’s Hill Estate Coldstream
Watts River Brewing
After local wines, cheeses and chocolate it’s time to indulge to the barrels of brew. we travel up the road to Watts River Brewing for a pint of the good stuff. Brewing in a small, industrial-chic warehouse, in the heart of Healesville; the super knowledgeable staff are always willing to talk you through your options, whether you’re a beer beginner or craft expert. Driven by a young team of brewers that constantly strive to be innovative, here you can sample from an impressive barrel program that includes blondes, IPAs, pale ales and stouts. Hopheads can delight in the fragrant fruity aromas of easy drinking brews, beer that is light in alcohol, right through to the big bold punches of malted barley, devoured by Belgian yeast. No matter what, there’s sure to be a hoppy beer that you’d love to drink.
Next we hop to the centre of the Yarra Valley where lies the township of Healesville. Discover the town’s galleries, meander through the boutiques of fashion, gifts and antiques and find your favourite of the local bakeries and cafes for a lunch (at own expense) or picnic at the Maroondah Reservoir Park. For those wanting to continue exploring refinement in all its forms, highly recommended is a visit to the Alchemy Distillery. With a variety of spirits from citrus vodka and chamomile gin to whisky, this award-winning distillery has a cocktail bar and outdoor beer garden, perfect for you to continue on your sipping adventure.
Whispering Hills Winery
All wine, cider and food tasting are included in the price of the tour. Just bring money for some lunch and any extras you wish to purchase and take home. This tour is suitable for 18’s only.
What to bring
Photo ID, refillable water bottle, sunscreen, sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, all weather clothing, camera and spending money for lunch and local produce.
Where to meet
8:00am – Old Melbourne Gaol – 377 Russell St Opposite Space Hotel
Below is a full list of our hotel pick locations
- 6:30am – TBA To Be Advised
- 7:10am – Base Backpackers
- 7:25am – The Savoy Hotel
- 7:30am – Holiday Inn
- 7:35am – Immigration Museum
- 7:40am – The Scots Church
- 7:50am – Pegasus Apart Hotel
- 7:55am – Ibis on Therry
- 8:00am – Old Melbourne Gaol
- 8:30am – Ringwood Station
- 8:45am – Lilydale Train Station
- 9:00am – Yarra Valley – Gateway Estate
** Please arrive 5 -10 mins prior to your nominated pickup location, so as not to delay or miss your tour.
Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd wishes to acknowledge the Kulin Nation as the Traditional Owners of the land on which our head office stands.
We pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging; and first people of Hobson Bay known as the Yalukit-willam, name meaning ‘river camp’ or ‘river dwellers’.
All bookings are made with Get Lost Travel Pty Ltd (ABN 94 143 929 962) (us/we). By booking a trip with us you have agreed to be bound by the terms and conditions set out in these booking conditions. Your booking will be accepted by us on this basis. The services to be provided are those referred to in your booking confirmation and/or invoice. Accredited Bus Number: AC003612.
Dates and itineraries are valid until 31 March 2023, from 1 April 2021 dates and itineraries are indicative only.read more
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Please take the time to read and understand the conditions of booking set out below prior to booking a trip with us. We strongly recommend that you also read the information relating to your product or service prior to booking to ensure that you understand the itinerary, style and physical demands of the tour you are undertaking. GLT will not be held responsible for passengers failing to familiarise themselves with the booking terms and conditions.
Although every effort is made, GLT shall not be liable for any illness, injury, damages, loss, delay or failure to join the tour that may occur due to factors beyond our control. We highly recommend all passengers have travel insurance coverage. GLT retains the right to alter routes, itineraries, bus type, fares, days of operation or even cancel tours if unforeseen circumstances occur. Other accredited tour operators may be used from time to time on some tours. Fares are shown in Australian Currency and are correct at time of printing but are subject to change.
Booking Terms and Conditions
Customer Responsible for Own Vaccination and Testing
The customer shall comply with all Government (Federal, State and Territory) COVID entry restrictions and vaccination guidelines or testing requirements for entry into Australia and/or at the time of travel for tour and transport services. Where the customer is not vaccinated and/or tested prior to departure, the customer will forfeit any and all monies paid and GLT holds the right to refuse boarding. Where the customer cancels due to travel restrictions other than vaccination or testing requirements, the operator shall have the discretion to
(a) offer a refund or credit voucher (to be used at a later time); or
(b) to forfeit any and all monies paid by the customer.
For the purposes of (a), the operator reserves the right to withhold such a reasonable sum to cover administrative expenses and other losses, dependent on when notice of cancellation is given by the customer.
Cancellations & Refund Policy
Cancellation by the Traveller
We understand that travel plans can sometimes change, if you cancel some or all portions of your booking the cancellation terms set out below will apply. A cancellation will only take effect when we receive written confirmation that you have sent to your relevant booking agent notifying them of your cancellation.
If you wish to change or cancel a trip:
(a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 7-days prior to departure; or
(b) 2 to 7-days prior to departure:
- we will hold 100% of the deposit paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from date of purchase
- any credit voucher resulting from a cancellation may be applied towards any other tour operated by GLT within Australia; or
(c) 8-days or more prior to departure,
- we will refund the balance paid by you in connection to your booking less any unrecoverable costs; or
(d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 2-days/48-hrs will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or
(e) cancellation prior to departure due to you having COVID-19/ “flu-like symptoms”, supported by a medical certificate, we will refund 100% of monies paid by you either directly or via your booking agent.
(a) Flexible Date Changes – unlimited supply of free date changes available up until 30-days prior to departure; or
(b) 14 to 30-days prior to departure:
- we will hold 100% of monies paid by you as a credit voucher, valid for redemption within 3-years from date of purchase
(c) 31-days or more prior to departure,
(d) failure to board on tour or cancelled within 14-days will result in full fare forfeiture of the ticket price and not eligible for a refund; or
Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation under (Cancellation by the Traveller) has an expiry date of 3 years and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by us. This credit is transferable however not redeemable for cash.
Note different cancellation conditions may apply if/when booked through third party agents, your travel consultant will advise if differences apply. We strongly advise you to take out cancellation insurance at the time of booking. If you leave a trip for any reason after it has commenced, we are not obliged to make any refunds for unused services. If you fail to join a trip, join it after departure, or leave it prior to its completion, no refund will be made or compensation for departure costs incurred. The above cancellation terms are less any unrecoverable costs by accommodation providers, travel agents, third-party affiliates and supplier fees.
Cancellation by the Operator
Our trips are guaranteed to depart once they have one fully paid traveller onboard, unless minimum group size specifically states otherwise (refer to Product Fact Sheets) or in the event of a Force Majeure resulting in the cancellation of a trip.
We may cancel a trip at any time up to 7-days (Day Trips) and 30-days (Short-Break / Extended Tours) before departure. Alternatively, we can cancel a trip at any time prior to departure if, due to terrorism, natural disasters, political instability or other external events occurs that deem it not viable for us to operate the planned itinerary.
If we cancel your trip, we can offer you a choice of:
(a) a 100% reimbursement of monies paid for your trip
(a) transfer amounts paid to an alternative departure date or tour operated by GLT; or (c) issued with a credit travel voucher to the amount paid for your trip, valid for 3-years
Force Majeure Cancellation
If a trip is cancelled due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’, we can offer you a choice of:
(a) a 100% credit voucher of monies paid for your trip; or
(b) a refund minus unrecoverable costs.
If the cancellation due to a ‘Force Majeure Event’ occurs after a trip has commenced, we can offer you a choice of a pro-rata:
(a) 110% credit voucher for the days that remain on your trip; or
(b) refund minus unrecoverable costs of the days that remain on your trip.
Any credit travel voucher resulting from a cancellation as mentioned in (Cancellation by the Traveller): ● 3-year expiry date and may be applied towards any other available trip offered by GLT; ● are not redeemable for cash;
- excludes flights or insurance as they will have their own booking conditions
In circumstances where the cancellation is due to external events outside our reasonable control, refunds will be less any unrecoverable costs. We are not responsible for any incidental expenses that you may have incurred as a result of your booking including but not limited to visas, vaccinations, travel insurance excess or non-refundable flights.
A “Force Majeure Event” includes but is not limited to: acts of God; war; civil commotion; riot; blockade or embargo; fire; explosion; breakdown; union dispute; earthquake; epidemic, pandemic or other health emergency; flood; windstorm or other extreme weather event; lack or failure of courses of supply; passage of any law, order, proclamation, regulation, ordinance, demand, requisition or requirement or any other act of any government authority, beyond the reasonable control of the parties, whether or not foreseeable, which would make it dangerous or not viable for a trip to commence or continue.
We recommend all guests have travel insurance and should be taken out at the time of booking prior to tour departure. Your travel insurance must provide cover against personal accident death, medical expenses and emergency repatriation with a recommended minimum coverage of US$200 000 for each of the categories of cover.
We also strongly recommend it covers cancellation curtailment, personal liability and loss of luggage and personal effects. If you have travel insurance connected to your credit card or bank account please ensure you have details of the participating insurer, the insurance policy number and emergency contact number with you rather than the bank’s name and credit card details.
Child Policy (Age Requirements)
Our child and infant policy and pricing does vary depending on the trip; this is due to the diversity in our product range. All travellers under the age of 18 years old must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian.
0 – 12
Day Trips (suitable)
● Great Ocean Road 1 Day (ie. Reverse, Standard, Sunset) [VIC]
● Phillip Island & Koala Highlights 1 Day [VIC]
● Lake Mountain Snow & Waterfalls 1 Day [VIC]
● Peninsula Hot Springs 1 Day (Morning & Twilight) – 0 to 2 year olds pay transfers, bathing is free [VIC]
● Jumping Crocodile Tour ½ Day [NT]
Infants aged 0 to 4 are not permitted to travel on adult laps and must be safely restrained within a child protective seat. Infant protective seats must be requested at time of booking.
6 – 12
Day Trips (restrictions)
● Grampians Wilderness Eco Escape 1 Day [VIC]
● Blue Mountains Sunset & Wilderness 1 Day [NSW]
● Hunter Valley Scenic Wine & Dine 1 Day [NSW]
● Pinnacles Sunset & Stargazing 1 Day [WA]
● Kakadu Wilderness Escape 1 Day [NT]
● Litchfield National Park 1 Day [NT]
These trips require a moderate level of fitness to complete walks and have an element of safety required. Not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under.
Day Trips (winery restrictions)
● Discover the Yarra Valley Wine Tour 1 Day [VIC]
● Explore Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour 1 Day [VIC]
Minimum drinking age in Australia is 18 years, proof of age or photo ID is required. Not suitable for children 17 years and under.
6 – 17
Short Break & Extended Trips (age restrictions)
Trips that include accommodation nights within the itinerary:
● Basic Dormitory Share (Quad) – fares apply to Adults 18+ over
● Standard Private Share (Double/Twin) – fares apply to Adults and/or Child ● Standard Private Room (Single) – fares apply to Adults 18+ over
Children aged between 6 to 17 years old are required to stay in private double rooms and must be accompanied by an adult or legal guardian. All accommodation upgrades are subject to availability and on request. Not suitable for infants or children 5 years and under.
Prices and surcharges
Our tour prices are subject to variable and seasonal pricing, both of which are standard practice within the travel industry. This means our tour prices may vary at any time in accordance with demand, market conditions and availability. It is likely that different passengers on the same trip have been charged different prices. Your best option if you like the price you see is to book at that time. Any reduced pricing or discounts that may become available after you have paid will not apply. If you wish to cancel your booking to take advantage of a cheaper price, full cancellation conditions apply as set out below (Cancellation by the Traveller). The most up to date pricing is available on our websites. Please note that a surcharge may be applied to a purchase made by credit card.
Alcohol is not permitted onboard our vehicles. We reserve the right to refuse re-entry if passengers are overly intoxicated and propose a threat to other passengers, our driver or vehicle. We also reserve the right to advise at any time prior to departure and whilst in operation, that alcohol is no longer permitted. The legal drinking age in Australia is 18 years old, photo ID is required.
To maximise the comfort of your journey no luggage storage facilities are provided on our (Day Trips): It is recommended you bring a small day pack no bigger than 5-7kg. (Short-Break / Extended Tours): Maximum baggage allowance per person is 15-20kg preferably a soft travelling pack. Excessive amounts of luggage may incur a surcharge fee. Inappropriate luggage presented on the day of departure such as surfboards, bikes and an excessive amount of luggage may result in refusal to board unless previously arranged. Other: mobility scooters, wheelchairs, pushers, prams, walking frames and other walking aids cannot be stored safely on our vehicles, please advise prior to booking if there are any of these aids required.
Pickup up & Drop Off
GLT may offer complimentary inner city pickup and drop off services to various accommodation providers. Please note it is the customer’s responsibility to be waiting out the front of your selected pickup location (accommodation provider) at least 10 minutes before departure. Failure to wait out the front of your selected location may result in the tour guide being unable to locate you causing failure to load. GLT cannot be held responsible for passengers who fail to load.
Please notify the Get Lost Travel group of any dietary requirements, food allergies and/or medical conditions at the time of booking or 7-days prior to tour departure. Limited food options are available on extended tours, forward planning is required to ensure we can accommodate but not guaranteed.
Booking Confirmations & Enquiries
All reservations must be confirmed within 48 hours of departure via email to [email protected]
Our commitment to sustainability
Part of our responsibility is educating guests on minimal impact practices and the importance of ensuring the safety of wildlife and the environmental sustainability of the destinations we visit.
Learn more about EcoTourism: https://www.ecotourism.org.au/
Autopia Tours would like to begin by paying our respects to the traditional owners of this country, with specific acknowledgement to the Wurundjeri people. Please be conscious and respectful of the sensitivities of indigenous culture and the spiritual connection they have with the land at all times.
The natural behaviours of wildlife are to be respected and not interfered with. When viewing wildlife, people should take care to avoid rapid or sudden movements, which could frighten the animal, and should keep noise to a minimum and refrain from touching, petting or feeding all wildlife including birds. Contact with people can introduce diseases to wildlife and can cause them to become aggressive.
Wildlife should not be handled or fed, unless by certified wildlife handlers. Feeding wildlife can alter their natural foraging behaviour and can lead to disease or illness through contact with people and the introduction of foods that are harmful to their digestive system. Feeding wildlife can also cause them to become aggressive toward people.
Wildlife that appears to be in distress, injured or in danger should be reported immediately to the appropriate authority, such as your Guide/Tour Leader, a National Park Ranger or Visitor Centre Staff.
Protecting our National Parks
People should remain on designated walking tracks, behind safety barriers/fences and follow all directions given by the guide/tour leader. Venturing off these can alter fragile ecosystems and can harm wildlife shelters and native vegetation. There are other dangers to be aware of too, such as cliff edges, unstable rock formations, overhanging tree branches and slippery ground cover. Remaining on tracks ensures safe visitation for guests and the environment.
No flora or fauna should be removed from their natural setting. This includes dead wood, fallen leaves, flowers and so forth, as they form part of the ecosystem of the region and their removal could cause a disturbance.
All buses are fitted with waste bins. No organic waste should be disposed of onto the ground. Although organic, items such as banana peels, apple cores, bread and other food scraps, are not natural/native to the region and can introduce pest species, diseases or harm to wildlife if found and eaten. We recommend all passengers bring a water bottle with you on our Great Ocean Road Sunset Tour. Purchasing bottled water contributes large amounts of plastic into the landfill. Therefore, we ask guests to bring their own bottle, as there is access to water refill stations available on our vehicles. Please ensure you stay hydrated throughout the tour to reduce the risk of sun exposure and dehydration.
All our guides carry a current Level 2 First Aid certificate. Please report any accident or illness to your tour guide. We recommend anyone with an existing medical condition to carry their medication with them on tour and to notify their tour guide at the beginning of the tour.
If you are a smoker! We ask you to refrain from smoking whilst in the company of other passengers and limit it to designated smoking areas. Smoking is not permitted on any of our vehicles, or in any type of accommodation including permanent campsites. We make frequent ‘comfort stops’ to allow free time for guests but cannot guaranteed smoke breaks. Please ensure you dispose of your cigarette butt responsibly and appropriately.
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