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
*Cancel anytime for free
if you book online
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.
This tour qualifies for FREE Cancellations if you book via our website. Change your travel date or cancel your tour any time up until 24hrs prior to departure and receive a full refund. Failure to board tour will result in 100% loss of ticket
If you book via our call centre, a 3rd party website or a travel agent your booking is subject to the following conditions:
Cancellations within 48 hours or failure to board on the day of tour, will result in 100% full fare forfeiture. Cancellation within 2 to 7 days prior to departure will result in a 50% loss of the ticket price. Date change fees apply outside of 7 days $25 per person. Read Full Terms and Conditions here
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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