English Andy and Scottish Stuart have been living in Byron for the past 12 years (they saw the light) and they were down in Victoria for a few days exploring and booked a private tour with us for the day so they could spend their day seeing exactly what interested them. They were staying in the fabulous Tuck Inn (a lovingly restored historic Mechanics Institute/Masonic Lodge) in Healesville in a split level apartment (which we loved the look of and highly recommend).
Having arrived the previous day from Byron Bay for the weekend they had already found Four Pillars Gin Distillery and really enjoyed the gin tasting!! So, we agreed that a great way to start the day was with a palate cleansing Napoleon cider tasting paddle at Meletos with its gorgeous old buildings, sitting out in the sun.
With palates suitably cleansed we then set off over the road to St Huberts cellar door where they really loved the wines, so much so they had some shipped back home.
And as they both enjoy rosé they were keen to visit Dominique Portet and they loved their tasting so much they bought a mixed dozen to be sent back to Byron and purchased a special bottle to enjoy later that night! It was the most beautiful day, with the sun shining over the vines, so they enjoyed sitting out enjoying a glass of rosé.
It was fascinating chatting to both of them, they'd met 25 years ago working as aircraft engineers in the Middle East - and now here they are living in Byron swimming in the ocean after work - not your average story!
It was time for lunch by now so Joan whisked them off to lunch on the deck at Tokar Estate Winery where they enjoyed some more rosé with their lovely lunch! The perfect weather made it the most stunning and relaxing setting sitting out on the deck, looking over the vines to the distant hills - very enjoyable.
As they both enjoy reds we had to take them up to Yarra Yering to the lovely Janine for a tasting and without too much arm twisting they purchased a very special bottle of red to cellar for a significant birthday celebration coming up - but they will need to hide it from themselves!!!
On our way over to De Bortoli's we managed a quick visit to the Chocolaterie for some tasting of dark chocolate and the pair bought some chocolate strawberries to enjoy with their wine after dinner.
De Bortoli's pulled out all the stops as they always do and the pair thoroughly enjoyed the tastings - particularly the famous Botrytis Semillon Noble One, which is to this day, the benchmark of Australian ‘Botrytis’ dessert winemaking. They purchased some port to take back to Byron to enjoy around the new fire they had just purchased. We laughed about the need for a fire in Byron, as "cold" and "Byron" aren't usually used in the same sentence, but agree it is great to have a fire to sit around - such a pleasant way to while away a Sunday!
We dropped them back to their fabulous accommodation at 5pm so they could relax before heading out to dinner. We all had a super day's touring and hope they come back for another visit one day and choose to tour with us again - we can find plenty more delicate rosés, full reds and mighty fortifieds to show them. 🙂