James Halliday’s recommended Yarra Valley Wineries

John collected colleagues Joanna and Pamela from Melbourne Airport on Wednesday morning at 9am from their flight from Singapore.  They work together as Senior Solicitors and were having a well earned holiday together.

Joanna is English and Pamela American and both were in need of a good coffee and a bite to eat before their tour.  So John took them straight to Watts River Cafe for some of their delicious quiche made there on the premises and a good coffee in readiness for tackling the wineries.

Joan and Joanna had emailed back and forth to create an itinerary that took in some of the wineries they’d read up on, in particular from James Halliday’s recommended trail.

Innocent Bystander was our first cellar door for a wine tasting and they enjoyed the sparkling on tap (that’s right, it’s on tap like a British draught beer!).  Then John took them to Dominique Portet for their second tasting where they particularly liked their rosé and reds.  Lunch was at Tokar Estate where they really loved the view, food and wine and purchased some wine to enjoy later.

After lunch a visit to Coldstream Hills was a must where they organised for a box
of mixed wines to be sent back as they really loved the wine and listening to Roland’s informative tasting notes.

We fitted in a visit to Soumah to try some of their lesser known Italian blends and to TarraWarra Estate where they loved their tasting in the underground cellar door with its hobbit style entrance in the side of the hill and of course the stunning architecture of the TarraWarra Museum of Art building next door set against a backdrop of magnificent Autumn colours.

After such a busy first day they were looking forward to their stay at Healesville House where they could have a relaxing evening before more sight seeing the next day.

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