Joan picked up Jemma from Chum Creek with 5 other girls who were celebrating a family girls day together. Originally from Scotland - three of them had such strong Scottish accents that Joan had her work cut out understanding them. Fortunately the word wine is one of those words that's easy to understand the world over 🙂
Their first was stop was Meletos for a cider paddle and as that went down well they tried a beer paddle as well. The girls loved the building, gardens and view and one of the girls in our group Laura took a shine to a guy in a group doing a tasting next to us - and as a dare she gave him her number - causing great hoots of laughter, particularly when he texted her later in the day!!!!!!
We arrived next at Maddens Rise, a lovely boutique winery where the lovely Emma gave a fantastic wine tasting and they loved the different varietals that she had on tasting that day. Maddens Rise is a pet friendly winery and two red border collie puppies were playing frisbee outside on the lawn and were an absolute delight to watch.
After lunch at Hanrahan Winery with its amazing view they headed over to the Melba Highway wineries, as Jemma had a favourite wine she wanted to follow up.
In Dixons Creek they visited Yarrawood Cellar Door and Cafe where the girls had a great time sitting on the deck listening to the live music, and enjoying their wine. They even attempted to play croquet on the lawn - but Joan suggests some serious practice is needed as not many balls went through the hoops unaided!! They've been playing croquet in Scotland since the 1860s but it would appear it hasn't rubbed off on these girls!!
When she could tear them away from croquet, Joan called in to see Vince at Corniola Wines, a family owned boutique winery where the girls they loved their tasting in the plant room surrounded by wine barrels and bought a mixed dozen of his beautiful hand-crafted wines - and thoroughly enjoyed the three free bottles that they received.
Joan then drove them back to Jemma's home in Chum Creek so that they could drop their wine inside for later and she then took them to Herd Bar & Grill in Healesville's Main Street so they could enjoy tapas and drinks into the evening. That's the beauty of a personalised tour - we can tailor the day to suit exactly what you want to do, and drop you for dinner if that's what's required. A truly great day was had by all - Joan included. 🙂