We often ‘meet the makers’ on our Yarra Valley tours as we visit small boutique out of the way places, and our guests love chatting to the brains behind the brand. If you haven’t visited the Yarra Valley before, Tour the Valley put together a great introduction to the region, like John did last Saturday for Tegan and Allanah, sisters from Brisbane who were having a weekend break in Melbourne. John collected them from the Hilton Hotel in Melbourne and drove them out to the valley, explaining a bit about its history along the way.
Their first wine tasting was a hit at St Huberts Winery, one of the Yarra Valley’s oldest wineries (founded in 1862), where they loved the wines so much they purchased some to take home. Next, John took them to Meletos for a cider and beer paddle where they had some delicious chips with their tasting – great to show that the Yarra Valley isn’t just about producing great wine.
The girls loved the winning combination of Yering Station with its art galley/cellar door AND produce store full of delicious locally made Yarra Valley produce which always go down a treat and make excellent Christmas presents!!
John arranged an antipasto platter lunch for the sisters at Badger Creek Blueberry Farm where they also had a tasting of their blueberry wines and St Ronan’s cider. At the Blueberry Farm, guests love being served by owner Ali whose husband Eric grows the blueberries, makes the unique blueberry wine AND the delicious St Ronan’s cider, one of the Yarra Valley’s newest and most boutique ciders.
To round off their tour, John took the girls to gelAperia in Healesville, where owner Davvyd hand makes his exceptional gelati each day, using local seasonal produce – such as lemons from the abundant lemon groves at Yarra Yalley Lavender Farm, blood oranges from The Patch and chocolate from Kennedy & Wilson.
After their gelati it was time for John to drive them back to the city where they were already planning to hit the shops in Melbourne and perhaps take a boat trip down the Yarra to Williamstown before heading home to Brisbane.
It was lovely to see how much Tegan and Allanah enjoyed their first trip to the Yarra Valley, meeting the local artisan makers, and spending some quality “sister” time together.