11am: Wine masterclass
Begin your trip with a truly unique tasting experience. Rob Dolan Wines conducts a masterclass in their Wine Cube – a beautiful space adjacent to the cellar door that overlooks the vineyards. During the masterclass, you’ll try a selection of stunning varieties, and the Rob Dolan team will break down wine terminology, enriching the experiences to come.
12:30pm: Wine tasting and lunch
Later, indulge in the beautiful selection of tasting wines at Medhurst. You can then have lunch at their restaurant, which boasts an ever-changing menu made up of the best local produce, crafted to match with their highly acclaimed wines.
3pm: Check-in and afternoon drinks
After an unforgettable gourmet experience, it’s time to check in to your accommodation. Seville Estate offers a selection of spaces to stay – right in the heart of their spectacular vineyards. After you’ve checked in, you can sit on the balcony and soak up the view with a drop of their finest wine.
Seville Estate’s restaurant is a perfect dinner spot. Their menu is built around the finest produce available, so it constantly evolves through the seasons. Dishes are usually made up of locally sourced meats, and vegetables and herbs grown on-site.
6am: Hot air balloon ride
No words can quite capture the magic of seeing the Yarra Valley from the air. Your second day starts bright and early with Global Ballooning – where you’ll soar above the region. Experience the sheer thrill of elevation and watch the land unfurl in its languid contours, cradled within the surrounding mountains.
11am: Picnic supplies
After you’ve come back down to earth, you can prepare for an early-afternoon picnic and select some Australia’s finest cheeses. Yarra Valley Dairy has embraced the region’s pursuit of culinary perfection, producing a range of mouth-watering cheeses, crafted in a variety of styles from both cow and goat milk.
12pm: Wine tasting
You’ve just tasted out-of-this-world cheese, so the next stop has to be wine. Dominque Portet, run by winemakers whose dedication to the craft goes back ten generations, offer tasting of varieties that epitomise the Yarra Valley’s cool climate distinction.
1pm: Picnic in the park
Finish off your two-day jaunt with a breath of fresh air in one of Victoria’s most scenic spots. Maroondah Reservoir Park is the perfect place for your picnic, featuring both native and exotic trees, an abundance of native wildlife and plenty of shady spots to sit.