Imagine Clare’s surprise when on her 25th birthday, her friend Annie turned up at her house in Reservoir, blindfolded her, and led her out to a waiting bus where 11 of her friends were hiding onboard, ready to take her out to the Yarra Valley on a surprise birthday tour!

Her friend Annie had been in cahoots with us and organised the surprise day for Clare and instructed everyone to hide in the bus – you can imagine the great shrieks of laughter and delight when they removed her blindfold.

First stop was Helen & Joeys at Coldstream where they loved the Unicorn on the deck (yes they sat on it!) and enjoyed the wine tasting and the lovely Gerry gave Clare a birthday gift of a bottle of wine to add to her celebrations.

Next we visited Maddens Rise where the lovely Emma explained all about their wines and the girls enjoyed tasting some really different varieties of both red and white wine.

Then to Dominique Portet where they enjoyed the sparkling and rosé tastings.

The group loved the views at Tokar Estate where they had a delicious slap up lunch, followed by another wine tasting!

We thought the girls might like a nibble of chocolate after lunch so headed out to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery where they LOVED the fact that you can have complimentary chocolate on arrival!  And it was the perfect time for an ice cream too!

We finished their day off with a wine tasting at Greenstone Winery and then dropped them back to Reservoir at 5.30pm after a great day of celebration for Clare.