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Taste your way around Melbourne's wine regions while staying at home

Hop-on, hop-off wine tour company Hop It is adapting to the quaran-times by taking its wine tours online. Hop It at Home lets Melburnians gastronomically explore the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula while responsibly staying at home.

Hop It At Home reverses the wine tour experience. Instead of you hopping on a bus to hit the vineyards, the vineyards come to you. Working largely with small producers the company arranges for the tasting products to be delivered to your house. On the date of the tour guests then join a Zoom meeting to taste through the products with the producers themselves.

The next Hop It At Home tour will be a virtual rum and chocolate tasting experience showcasing Jimmy Rum and Cuvée chocolate. 

The experience can be shared between one to four people (all of whom you should already live with, mind you) and includes four 350ml bottles of rum, two Cuvée chocolate bars, a $10 Hop It voucher to use in the Aftertime and enough hot chocolate powder to make a litre of the sweet drink.  Guests will enjoy a guided Zoom tasting with the Jimmy of Jimmy Rum and chocolatier Deniz from Cuvée (who has previously been a guest judge on MasterChef). 

In addition to the guided tasting (where you'll be able to ask Jimmy and Deniz any questions you might have), there will also be a live masterclass where you'll be shown how to make a rum-spiked hot chocolate. The only caveat is that the tours are currently only available for those living in Melbourne (or within 50km). You also need to book at least eight hours prior to the experience to allow for delivery.

Future Hop It At Home tours will showcase additional wineries, breweries and distilleries from Mornington Peninsula and Yarra Valley. Anyone interested in joining the virtual tours can book their place via Hop It’s website.

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