Julie did!!  And she and her friends had a terrific time.

The three couples (David & Julie, Remy & Kathy, Manny & Shareen) were all staying at Balgownie Estate on Tuesday – where they were celebrating Julie’s 50th Birthday.

It was a beautiful day to Yering Station was the perfect place to visit for a walk in the gardens and a look around Chateau Yering – with its fabulous old buildings which have been so well preserved and restored the rooms and restaurants.  And after a wander the group were ready for their informative wine tasting and a bit more exploring next door at Yering Station with its gorgeous old cellar door, modern glass restaurant, and staggering views.

Continuing the theme of historic Yarra Valley properties, next stop was St Huberts Winery for a wine tasting where they purchased wine to enjoy on their return to their accommodation.

Helen & Joeys was the perfect relaxing spot where they group enjoyed being out on the deck with the incredible view, distinctive unicorn and excellent wine tasting with Sally, and again they couldn’t resist buying some wines to take home.

By now it was time for lunch so we pointed the van in the direction of Tokar Estate Winery where everyone devoured a two-course lunch and a glass of wine – ideal for catching up with all the news between this group of friends.

The friendships in the group date back to primary school, living in Glenroy and partners working together – and out of it all has come this wonderful friendship.

After lunch Remy was keen for a a quick visit to Coldstream Hills so he could buy a special bottle of Reserve Shiraz, and then it was time for some chocolate tastings and a coffee.

And so Joan dropped a very happy group back to Balgownie Estate where they were all looking forward to a swim before pre dinner drinks together on the balcony, followed by a celebratory birthday meal together to finish off Julie’s great 50th Birthday celebration.