When you live and study in Melbourne and your family fly over from WA to visit you for your birthday, why not celebrate with a personalised Yarra Valley tour. Poor Ned - he stood no chance - surrounded all day by females, including Joan their tour guide for the day!
Picked up in the CBD everyone loved the drive out to the Yarra Valley with the early morning fog and Autumn leaves everywhere. It was a typical Autumn day and the fog soon lifted and we ended up with a beautiful day's touring.
Our first visit was to Four Pillars Gin Distillery for a gin tasting with Linus and the group really enjoyed sampling the various gins and loved the fabulous building. After some essential gin/gift purchasing, we drove into Healesville for a wine tasting at Brown Brothers' Innocent Bystander. The fire was lit and it was a great atmosphere and Katie and her family loved how quirky and unusual it is having a wine tasting from wines on tap.
Our final cellar door / wine tasting for the morning was at the boutique winery Medhurst Wines with the legendary Bidelia who regaled the group with tales about this year's harvest.
When we got to Tokar Estate Winery we managed another wine tasting before sitting down to a fabulous lunch in lovely surroundings with excellent service.
Extraordinarily, after such a great lunch, everyone was up for a bit of chocolate indulgence in the afternoon so we drove over to the other side of the valley to the Chocolaterie where everyone tucked into the samples and naturally purchased some to take back to WA - the jury's out as to whether they ever got there though!!
Time was running out so we had a very quick stop at Yering Station for a wine tasting and the family loved the concept of a cellar door in an art gallery space.
Meletos was our last port of call and was great fun - especially as five helicopters on the back lawn were making plenty of noise and causing quite a stir. Katie & Co managed to hold onto their cider and beer paddles and enjoyed the last of the day's sunshine before it was time for Joan to get them back to the city by 6.15pm. It was a pretty quiet journey into Melbourne and Joan asked a few times if they were all still there (a few had nodded off after such a fun-filled busy day in our wonderful Yarra Valley).
They all remarked how great it was just to tour together as a family and it was a really special day for them all and Joan thoroughly enjoyed showing them the Valley
too, despite the fact that Ned & Tracy are Eagles supporters in the AFL.