If you're visiting the Yarra Valley from New Zealand, and then going to live in France, it's not a huge assumption to make that maybe you like great cheese, and fine wine! And last Thursday, John collected restaurateurs Myriam and Gerard from their accommodation at DixiGlen Farm in Dixons Creek, to take them touring for the day, and they were keen to sample the best produce our region offers!
So, John put together a pretty impressive list of top shelf wineries to visit, the first being Yering Station where they enjoyed their wine tasting, looked over the plant room and were impressed with the underground cellar. They loved the view and all the buildings and couldn't resist buying some of the lovely condiments from the shop.
The infamous Yarra Valley Dairy was our next stop for a cheese tasting and Myriam and Gerard were suitably impressed with the variety and quality of such a local product and bought some to try.
Then it was off to Stones for a tour of the Chapel and the Stables and a refreshing glass of craft beer next door at Meletos, where they were most impressed with the gorgeous heritage buildings.
St Huberts was the next tasting stop where they loved the reds and purchased some wines before going to lunch at Tramonto's at Badgers Brook Winery.
After a good lunch, it was time for another Yarra Valley big name - Coldstream Hills - for more wine tastings and then, for a final and very special tasting, John took them to the iconic Yarra Yering where they purchased a beautiful 2009 red to enjoy at their leisure.
To round off a wonderful gourmet day's touring, they visited the chocolaterie to enjoy hand made chocolates, Belgian style, and as it was a hot day, a cooling ice-cream!!!
When they got back to their accommodation at 4pm, John enjoyed a beer with them before heading home. And we call this work?!