What a great day! I went with a group of friends, but ended up making lots of new friends on the bus - so it's definitely a trip for both the solo traveller and groups alike. I loved the intimate and super comfy mini bus, Christian was our guide and was sooo nice and really informative. He had some great fun fact nuggets about the wineries and wine process, which I found myself recounting to family and friends days later.
The tour itself has a great balance. We went to Rochford, Domain Chandon and Coombe Farm wineries, the White Rabbit Brewery and also to a cheese shop and a CHOCOLATE FACTORY! We had a delicious lunch in Rochford just after the wine tasting, I would personally recommend the risotto.
Having never really taken to wine too much in the past - after the tour, I realised how many tastey wines are out there, I had just never tasted ones that I liked so much! It was very enjoyable to hear the varied history of the wineries and brewery, and of course getting to visit stunning settings across the Yarra Valley. My favorites were Domain Chandon and the White Rabbit Brewery. The setting and vine yards of Domain Chandon are breathtaking. And they have the nicest Rosé and Savigon Blanc (with a hint of peach) - which everyone should buy. I both both, and brought them back to Ireland for Christmas dinner! Another fantastic thing was the price of wines in all the wineries, they were very affordable and would only set you back $20-30 approx for a great quality bottle.
The White Rabbit Brewery was excellent too, and the staff were so accommodating. We tasted their famous ales, and also a few of their in house experiments of flavoursome ales which are especially for people who visit the brewery. I now find myself always opting for White Rabbit when I'm going for a drink in the city.
It really is a great day out for everyone, even kids, they will revel in the chocolate factory. It is an unbelievable chocolate wonderland. You literally get handfuls of chocolate buttons upon arrival.
Would definitely recommend this tour, I can't wait to go on it again!
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