What a perfect 70th Birthday present – a Yarra Valley Gift Voucher for two nights accommodation at Leafield Cottages in Dixon’s Creek and a private day tour with Tour the Valley.  Lucky John was given just that!!

Joan did some sleuthing as to where John and his wife Rita would like to visit and created a Yarra Valley tour itinerary just for them made the first stop of the day a visit to Alowyn Gardens in Yarra Glen.  Although John and Rita have downsized into a unit with a small garden, they love visiting inspirational gardens and were absolutely blown away by the fabulous gardens that John and Prue have created at Alowyn – their gardens never cease to amaze our guests and are such a surprise once you go behind the hedge!

Next we took them to Yering Station which they had driven past but not been inside. They enjoyed their wine tasting in the large gallery/cellar door and the fabulous old buildings and there was great excitement when a helicopter landed with dinner guests – maybe next time they could arrive this way!!

We drove through Stones and Meletos just to look around and show them the great concept of this venue before heading to Tokar Estate Winery for a relaxing wine tasting before lunch.  Now that the pair are retired they really enjoy travelling overseas as well as trips in their caravan around Australia, and lunch was spent reminiscing about these experiences.

We made Dominique Portet our last winery to visit for the day and their wine tasting went down a treat – John particularly enjoyed the Merlot and Rita the Rose and Sauvignon Blanc, so they sensibly decided to take some home with them to enjoy at their leisure.

And to finish off their tour of the Yarra Valley we took John for a beer tasting at craft brewers – Watts River Brewery – in Healesville and he came away with a six pack – because he enjoyed all the different varieties.

After such a memorable day we then drove them back to their lovely accommodation in Dixon’s Creek where they could continue enjoying their relaxing 70th birthday stay in the Yarra Valley.

If you have someone special you’d like to buy a Tour the Valley gift voucher for – let us know – it’s such a versatile gift and they can use it when they want and enjoy a private tour enjoying their own exclusive itinerary.