Mandy and Nicole did just that and they highly recommend it – they were having a break away from their husbands and children, staying at Glen Eagles Estate in Yarra Glen and we picked them up and they joined Erin and Michael who were staying in Warburton, and Bev, Amy and Julia who were staying at Secret Cottage in Healesville.  And what a day they all had!

The weather was misbehaving badly so we started our day at Innocent Bystander for a wine tasting and a coffee, where we successfully managed to ignore the pouring rain!!  And then we paid a visit to TarraWarra Estate’s great cellar door built into the side of a hill, hobbit style, where you don’t know what the weather’s doing as you’re tucked in underground, and everyone loved their sensational wine and Chris gave a really informative wine tasting, full of knowledge and well pitched for those on the tour who were enjoying their first ever wine tour.

We then drove over to Yering Station and St Hubert’s, for more wine tastings where the girls became quite loud and exuberant – we’re not sure if it was brought on by the wine or the hail storm, but you can judge for yourselves by the pictures!

Lunch at Tokar was superb (the quail entree was a particular highlight) and the group had a lot of fun getting to know each other.  Our next port of call was just up the road at Dominique Portet where everyone loved the wines and the girls purchased a few bottles to take home.

Poor Michael was the token male and by this time was hanging out for a beer, so the next stop was Meletos, where many cider and beer paddles were consumed and Michael looked very happy.

We wanted to round the day off at the inimitable Four Pillars Gin Distillery but unfortunately it was too busy for a gin tasting; but it’s always good to leave somewhere wanting more, so Four Pillars is on the list for next time.

Six wineries plus lunch, made for a full and fun day for everyone and the rain fortunately didn’t get in the way of anyone’s enjoyment.