Jackie, Jeff and Sue have been friends for years and travelled extensively together – but in all their travels they had never seen a unicorn before or tried blueberry wine! Two firsts in one tour!
We collected them from their accommodation at the Big Four Caravan Park and took them straight to the Blueberry winery as he knew they’d be fascinated to try such a novel wine. And they were. And the sun shone which was kind – first sunny day we’d had in what felt like months. As it was such a pretty day he took them next to Maroondah Dam and up on top of the dam wall. And did you know it is celebrating it’s centenary – works first started on it back in 1917, what a thought! As Jeff was an engineer he was pretty interested in it – it is quite an impressive structure.
There was time for one more wine tasting before lunch so they went to Innocent Bystander and tried some wines on tap; such a novel way of serving wine!
Jackie put in a request for a visit to Four Pillars so after a quick phone call to make sure there was a spot for them, the group sat and enjoyed a paddle, and learning about the aromatics that go into the gin, so much so they bought some, along with the Cunliffe & Waters jams made with the infused aromatics. And then it was time to head for Tokar Estate where a wine tasting awaited the trio so they could choose their wine to enjoy with their 2-course lunch.
After throughly enjoying their meal, it was time for a visit to a tiny boutique winery – and the beautiful Maddens Rise was just the ticket. Ben was in cellar door and was fabulous with the group and they enjoyed trying their new release wines. After Maddens Rise it was time to hunt for unicorns, and one just happened to be found up at Helen & Joeys, called Bruce! He’s such a photographed Yarra Valley icon is Bruce and the trio loved posing with him. Oh, and enjoyed sampling H&J’s wines too and loved Stephen Powell’s knowledge, he’s great in cellar door!!
The Chocolaterie was calling to them by this point so they jumped in and headed off for some chocolate indulgence. A few small purchases were made for later and then it was time to head back to their hilltop cabin, where we waved them good bye with all their delicious purchases, from their day exploring the Yarra Valley.