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An aerial view of Tarrawarra Estate
Photograph: Supplied Tarrawarra Estate, Yarra Valley

Yarra Valley wine tours

Enjoy all of the Yarra Valley’s wine without the hassle of driving

By Nicola Dowse

There is nothing worse than drawing the short straw as the designated driver on a wine tour. Seriously – we have it on good authority that being designated driver on a wine tour is more painful than a combination of leg cramps, childbirth and seeing Collingwood win a match.

So rather than suffer through a day of sober driving while all your mates become steadily merrier, book yourself in for one of these guided tours of the Yarra Valley’s top wineries.

Head west for more drinks on the Bellarine Peninsula. Or try out Melbourne's best places for wine and cheese.

Wild Wombat

If you like a bespoke experience book your Yarra Valley winery tour with Wild Wombat. The company is all about creating personalised tours that cater to guests' individual tastes. Let the team know about any wineries you’d specifically like to visit ahead of time and they’ll do their best to accommodate. These small group tours (maximum 11 people) will even take into account your favourite varietal of wine so that you have the best Yarra Valley experience possible.

$115-$140. Picks up from CBD as well as Lilydale Station, Healesville and Marysville. 9.30am-5pm.

Café Bus

Sure, the Yarra Valley might be known for its award-winning wineries, but there’s a lot more to the region than just wine. On the Café Bus Winery Tours you’ll explore two of the valley’s top wineries (Gateway Estate Farmhouse and Killara Estate Winery) as well as Napoleone Brewery and Cider House and Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery. Along the way you’ll have the opportunity to taste wines, pick your own strawberries and enjoy a two-course lunch.

$135. Meet Immigration Museum (east side) or from your hotel. 7.45am-5.30pm. 

Australian Wine Tour Co
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Australian Wine Tour Co

The Australian Wine Tour Co runs tours from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley daily, perfect for those who keep odd hours. On the tour you’ll visit wineries such as Punt Road Wines, Balgownie Estate, Yering Farm and Domaine Chandon while be guided by a wine expert. Don’t worry if you’re new to the wine world, because your guide is there to entertain and educate, not give you a lecture. As well as cellar door tastings, the tour also includes an à la carte lunch at a local winery.

$130. Picks up from various CBD locations. 9am-5pm.

Go West Yarra Valley gourmet tour
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Go West

Go West is one of Melbourne’s top tour providers, so these guys know a thing or two about drinking your way around the Yarra Valley. Their wine tour is perfect for those who get snacky. You’ll start the day at Yarra Farm Fresh tasting fresh fruits, juices and local goodies before moving onto De Bortoli for wine and cheese. Other stops on the tour include Yering Station, Yarra Valley Dairy, Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery and Rochford Wines for lunch. 

$135. Picks up from most CBD accommodation. 8am-5.30pm.

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