When you're visiting from KL and you're staying at The Farmhouse at Meletos and you've never visited the Yarra Valley before - you clearly want to see the finer things the region has to offer. And Su San ad Yvonne didn't want to just do a wine tour - they wanted to see how diverse our region is, so Joan put together a wonderful day's tour that really showcased the Yarra Valley brilliantly.
They had been to Melbourne before but never to the Yarra Valley, so Joan decided Medhurst Wines would be a great first stop, with its wonderful position high up on the hill, its view, lovely wine and of course - the gorgeous Bodelia at their cellar door, who always makes us feel so welcome. The friends really enjoyed their wine tasting and loved the natural surroundings.
Then it was off to Healesville to visit Four Pillars Gin for a gin tasting paddle where they got to learn all about the herbs that are added to make the gin so delicious. Naturally they loved the building and thought the concept would go well back home in KL.
As the pair had never tried blueberry wine or cider, Joan felt a visit to Alison at Badger Creek Blueberry Farm (where they make both) was a must, and they were very impressed with all the tastings, loving the blueberry style Moscato best of all, as Moscato is one of their favourite drinks.
By now it was time for some lunch and Tokar Estate Winery put on a beautiful spread for the girls washed down with their wine and Joan had great fun talking about their lives in KL and hers here in Australia.
After lunch Joan drove them over to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie where she knew they would enjoy sampling chocolates and after they'd made a few essential purchases they each thoroughly enjoyed an ice-cream!!!
Then it was off to De Bortoli's for a cheese platter matched with wines, which was a great hit with Yvonne and Su San as they really enjoyed learning about what flavours pair well with what and why.
After a fun and busy day, Joan then took them back to Meletos for a coffee and to relax back at their accommodation - they were looking forward to a rest (and no food or wine!) before getting ready to tuck into a five-course dinner at The Stables at Stones that night. What a wonderful time they had here in the valley.