Georgie and her friends work in animal welfare, and had requested vegan and vegetarian options at lunch on their tour, so we found them some great lunch options at beautiful Yarrawood Winery plus some gorgeous goats to meet and stroke!

Jeff picked the friends up from Melbourne on Saturday and drove them out to the Yarra Valley in brilliant sunshine – it was set to be a glorious day.  He took them straight to Four Pillars Gin for a gin tasting, because he feared ‘the gin palace’ as it’s fondly referred to by locals, would be slammed later as they were celebrating their 5th birthday this weekend (and you should have seen the queue out the door by 3pm!!).  The friends loved their gin tasting paddles and hearing all about the botanicals used to make the delicious award-winning gin.

Jeff then drove them over to Yarrawood winery for some lunch and the girls were really pleased there were so many great V options on the menu and washed it all down with a delicious bottle of rosé.   It was such a gorgeous day they then enjoyed a quick game of cricket on the lawn and found some resident goats (and a sheep) who were only too happy to be stroked.

It was hard to tear the group away from the animals, but we had more wine to taste, so our next stop was at St Huberts winery, where they enjoyed a great cellar door tasting, so much so they bought some to take home.   The ancient elm trees provided welcome shade from the sun’s heat and allowed Rose to practice some monkey swing manoeuvres!!  Must have been the heat!

To show the friends a truly boutique winery, Jeff then took them up to meet Emma and Ben at Maddens Rise – the smallest cellar door in the valley with some of its finest wines.  They were crazy busy but Ben and Emma between them did a great wine tasting with the group who loved the fact that they were trying a wine called Cinq Amis given that they are 5 friends.

After Maddens, given that it was a stunning warm day Jeff asked the girls if they love live music and when he received a resounding ‘YES’ he drove them up to Punt Road winery where local Yarra Valley musician Richie Langford was playing out in the grounds.  The friends were extremely happy to finish their tour sitting in the shade enjoying some Punt Road Chardonnay listening to Richie sing the blues.

Jeff drove the giggling group back to Melbourne and dropped them back to the CBD and they had had an absolute ball.

If you like the sound of this tour and would like us to put together a tour for you and your colleagues, let us know – it works really well as a work Christmas break up outing.