Flavours of Central Victoria
Private touring taking you off the beaten track
Get off the beaten path and explore lesser known wine regions that are home to some of Australia’s oldest wineries, shady gum trees, picture perfect sunsets, and gourmet produce.
Day 1: Melbourne - Strathbogie Ranges
09:00am - Meet your professional guide at your nominated Melbourne hotel or address.
Tour in complete luxury with Acacia. Our fleet has been carefully selected with guest comfort and safety in mind and is comprised only of European luxury marques such as Mercedes Benz and Audi. Transfer to the Strathbogie Ranges.
Just 1.5 hours north of Melbourne, this unique and relatively unknown region is perfect for those wanting to flee the big smoke and discover award winning wines among misty mornings, shady gum trees and picture-perfect sunsets.
10:30am - Arrive at Fowles Wines.
This family owned cellar door is located just off the Hume Freeway at Avenel and the winemaking facility, located on Upton Hill, offers stunning views across the central Victorian plains. Fowles Wine is the world’s first winery to craft a range of wines specifically to match wild game meat. Arrive at Fowles Wine Cellar Door Café in time for morning tea and enjoy a selection of home baked cakes and tarts with premium teas and coffee.
Following morning tea, take a scenic drive to Fowles Wine vineyards and winery before meeting a wine expert for a casual but informative, behind the scenes personal tour featuring tank and barrel room tastings. Then savour a glass of wine while enjoying views of our dramatic granite strewn landscape and the central Victorian plains.
Having worked up an appetite, return to the Cellar Door for a 2-course lunch featuring platters of premium regional produce matched to their Stone Dwellers wine series.
03:30pm - Depart Fowles for the Goulburn Valley.
Offering mild weather, an abundant water and sandy soils, The Goulburn Valley and the sub-region of Nagambie Lakes is home to award-winning vineyards and prolific orchards growing apples, pears, peaches and other stone fruits.
04:00pm - Arrive at Mitchelton Hotel.
Setting a new standard for accommodation in Victoria’s picturesque Goulburn Valley, Mitchelton offers luxury accommodation inspired by the land. Check in to your well-appointed accommodation – either a King Vineyard or River view room.
Enjoy an afternoon at leisure. Perhaps explore the region further with your guide or perhaps take advantage of facilities such as the pool, complimentary bike hire, Aboriginal Gallery or walking tracks at Mitchelton.
Evening - A dinner reservation has been made at The Muse Restaurant.
Inspired by fresh local produce found throughout the Nagambie Lakes district, The Muse serves modern farmhouse cuisine overlooking the banks of the Goulburn River. Offering a dining experience that is rustic yet refined, the menu has been designed with a food philosophy that favours local, sustainable and ethical farming methods (own expense).
Day 2: Nagambie Lakes
Morning - Breakfast at leisure at Mitchelton.
Explore the picturesque countryside of the King Valley (Optional). Visit quaint the King Valley townships of Cheshunt or Moyhu or perhaps take in some local attractions such as Powers Lookout or Paradise Falls.
10:30am - Visit Tahbilk Winery.
Established in 1860, Tahbilk is not only Victoria’s and one of Australia’s oldest wineries but also boasts the world’s largest, and some of the oldest, plantings of Marsanne as well as some of the world’s oldest Shiraz vines. The Estate is owned by the Purbrick family who has had 5 generations involved with the company’s operations.
Begin your day with a personally guided tour of the winery encompassing both the old and the new technologies utilised. Tahbilk’s traditional red wines are fermented in the same vats that were used in the 1800’s. But winemaking techniques change and improve with time. In addition to the historic winery, Tahbilk has a modern winery, and employs up to date winemaking techniques and practices. There is no better winery at which to experience a history of winemaking. You can learn why some older techniques are still preferred and where new practices produce a better wine.
Following this you will learn the art of winemaking in the form of blending, the motto being that “the whole is greater than the sum of the parts”. Guided by a Wine Ambassador you will start with individual wines and blend them to create a wine that is truly yours. A 750ml bottle of your blend will be yours to take away.
After all your hard work making your own blend you will no doubt be hungry for lunch! Tahbilk’s Wetlands Café is perched overlooking the wetlands providing an ideal setting for a relaxed lunch with some fine wines. Enjoy a 2-course lunch created with the finest local produce and a matching glass of wine at each course.
Finish the day with a Wetlands Ecology Tour accompanied by an expert guide who will walk with you through the wetlands trail and explain the restoration work that has been completed, the work being done to save the endangered species that live in the wetlands and the impact the ecological work has on the winery and wines.
03:30pm - Depart for Melbourne
Approx. 05:30pm - Conclude at your nominated Melbourne hotel or address
Private 2 day/1 night tour departing Melbourne visiting Fowles Wine and Tahbilk
Departing Monday - Friday at 9am
2 guests, $1734 per person
4 guests, $1160 per person
(valid until 31 March 2019)