Megan, Hannah and Luke work together in a creative communications agency with offices in Melbourne and London - and they came up with the genius idea of having their own personalised wine tour for half a day in the Yarra Valley as their office Christmas party! Joan collected them from Collingwood at 12pm and on the drive out to the Yarra Valley they exchanged and ate Chrissie choccies which they kindly fed to Joan as well! (Note: it's always advisable to keep the driver happy)
They started their tour with a visit to Tokar Estate Winery for a wine tasting, followed by a beautiful two-course lunch washed down with a lovely glass of wine, sitting outside in the sunshine on the deck whilst looking at the view. They also tried to recreate the opening credits of FRIENDS by the fountain and I think it worked rather well. given that there were only 3 of them!
After lunch we called in to Maddens Rise, a great boutique cellar door near Tokar Estate, for a wine tasting and Ben gave them a great insight into the vineyard and varietals. Sadly they didn't get to meet the goslings as they were out (probably Christmas shopping) with Emma - but they saw a photo!
Next stop was Four Pillars Gin Distillery for a gin paddle and they managed to do some of their own Christmas shopping too. The trio loved the building, the fun atmosphere and the actual distillery itself - Bertha is pretty impressive.
We then headed over to TarraWarra Estate for a wine tasting and the group were amazed at the architecture of the Museum of Art building, the underground cellar door built into the hill and of course loved the spectacular view over the vines.
By now time was running away but we managed a quick wine tasting at Innocent Bystander where they were impressed with the wines on tap and the Moscato Slushie machine - perfect on a hot day!
Joan had them back to the city by 6.15pm after a great, busy and fun afternoon - and then thoroughly enjoyed the silent bus journey back home once she'd dropped them off - Luke had got totally into the festive spirit and had sung Christmas carols to her most of the way home!
If you're a small office group, a half day wine tour in the Yarra Valley, just over an hour from Melbourne, is an excellent way to get some social time out of the office doing something fun and different. I think these three would agree!! Call us on 03 5962 5940 and let's organise something for you and your colleagues.