The Hot air balloon, Yarra valley wine tour was a surprise wedding gift for us. Even though we are not the most knowledgeable wine drinkers, we absolutely loved it.
The trip was organized by Paul, from Vinetrekker, who patiently explained us how the day was going to unfold and by Stephen, our guide for the day.
The only tough part for us was to get up early as we are night owls. It was however worth every cent! We met our driver downtown at 4:30 AM. He was there exactly as scheduled and took us to the hot air balloon part of the trip. This part is actually outsourced to Global Ballooning as they are the ones operating the balloons. The team was amazing and from the security advises to the end of the trip we had a blast. Eddy, our pilot, was enthusiastic and answered all our questions as we were admiring the scenery, the sun rising and enjoying the balloon floating and drifting. The balloon experienced concluded with a very nice breakfast at the Balgownie Estate, a Yarra valley hotel.
After the meal, Stephen, our tour guide for the day, picked us up at the estate and brought us to various vineyards. The tour was exquisite! Each vineyard was very different from the others and offered a different vibe wich would only paint the yarra valley under a different shade! From the ancient, big and well established winemakers to newer, lesser known but not less talented producers, Stephen introduced us to the subtleties of the Yarra valley wine. The tour was also well balanced as every other location would offer us cheese or food to illustrate the pairing of their products and allow us to not taste wine on an empty stomach.
Finally, we were dropped back at out place on the way back. Their website and all the comments about Vinetrekker promise you an amazing day. Based on my experience, Paul and Stephen will deliver and exceed your expectations!