The Yarra Valley Winery Tour
$135 per person
Café Bus winery tours offers a unique Yarra Valley wine tasting experience.
The Wurrundjeri people called the Yarra River “Birrarung” which means “river of mists”. You will be enchanted by this mystical valley and its gourmet delights.
The Café Bus Yarra Valley tour departs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday with pickups in Melbourne and surrounds between 7.00 am and 8.00 am. Return time to your hotel is between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm.
What’s included in the price of your Café Bus Winery Tour?
• three winery visits
• Napoloene Cider House and Brewery
• all wine, cider, and beer tastings
• winery lunch
• local produce for morning tea
• gourmet afternoon tea
• water throughout the day
• a professional, entertaining tour guide
• on-board fridge to keep your fresh produce purchases cool
Gateway Estate Farmhouse
Tour the greenhouse facilities then enjoy tastings of fresh local produce including fruits and cheeses plus strawberry liqueurs and crèmes. Delicious!
Napoleone Brewery & Cider House
Enjoy a generous sample of ciders and ales made onsite at this rustic micro- brewery in the heart of the valley.
Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice-Creamery
See the chocolatiers at work and enjoy free chocolate samples!
Rochford Winery – Lunch and Wineries
Enjoy an educational and fun introductory wine class with tasting of Rochford’s award winning wines followed by a winery lunch in the restaurant overlooking the vines.
Dominique Portet Winery
Très bon vin and a game of petenque! Winner receives a bottle of bubbles!
Killara Estate Winery
Wednesday, Friday and Sunday
Finish the day with shared plates and Italian inspired wines.
Monday and Saturday
OR, Round off the day with a great range of wines and a cheese platter.
PICKUP AND DROPOFF DETAILS
Central Pickup Location: St Pauls Cathedral 7.45am
Café Bus Yarra Valley tour departs every Monday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday & Sunday
We provide pickups in Melbourne and surrounds between 7.00 am and 8.00 am. We return you to your hotel between 5.00 pm and 6.00 pm.
Pickups also available in Ringwood, Coldstream and by other locations by arrangement.
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE TOUR
Yarra Valley Wine Tours
The rolling green hills of the Yarra Valley have enticed visitors for over 150 years, and now it’s your turn. Imagine yourself (and a couple of friends) sipping on world-renowned wines of the red, white and sparkling varieties,as friendly winemakers welcome you to rustic homesteads with gourmet, locally-grown food to replenish your energy.
It’s a full day out among the gum trees and open sky of the Yarra Valley, Café Bus does the Yarra Valley Winery Region in style.
Throughout the day you’ll be escorted around the curving roads of the lush Yarra Valley, visiting no less than three wineries. We have selected three wineries which demonstrate excellence in wine tourism and each with their own international flair. Rochford Winery will astound with its many award-winning Aussie wines, from decadent cabernet sauvignons to crisp chardonnays and smooth pinots. Dominique Portet will showcase it’s traditional French style wines including stunning sparklings and rosé. At Killara Estate Winery, we’ll finish the day with tasty antipasto plates, Italian inspired wines and some of the best views in the Yarra Valley. Alternatively finish the day at Hanrahans Winery; a relaxed boutique winery with rolling hills, amazing wine and delicious cheese platters!
Gateway Estate Farmhouse
At Gateway Estate, you’ll sample the best seasonal local produce such as berries, apples and stone fruit as well as a selection of local cheeses and relishes. Gateway Estate also houses an indoor ‘U-pick’ strawberry indoor hydroponic greenhouse with strawberry picking available most of the year round. Also sample the Gateway strawberry liqueurs and ports and try the famous ‘strawberry shot-cake’!
Napoleone Cider House and Brewery
It’s not all about wine at Café Bus. At this rustic, inviting cider house, you’ll be served a decadent paddle of three ciders and an ale. If you haven’t given cider a go before, be prepared for tingling tastebuds. The Yarra Valley has been the home of cider since the 1900s, and the Napoleone family have been in the game for three generations. Using only premium estate-grown apples and pears, the ciders you’ll sample here are made onsite with 100% fresh juice. Nothing else, no concentrates, no additives, and they’re even gluten free!
Dominique Portet Winery
Sample French influence wines produced by this 10th Generation winemaking family. Enjoy a game of Petanque (French for Bocce!) and the champion receives a complimentary bottle of wine to take home!
Lunch at Rochford Winery
After generous wine tastings at Rochford we will sojourn to the restaurant for our light lunch overlooking the gardens and vines. First course is shared antipasto plates (with more gourmet delights than your grand-mothers pantry) followed by a selection of light meals freshly plated by the resident chef.
Sample menu (may change seasonally without notice)
Shared Antipasto platters followed by a selection of:
• Jalapeno & smoked cheddar croquettes served with salad (V)
•Slow roasted oyster blade of beef, asparagus, summer beans, chimichurri & green tomato (GF)
• Honey roasted Pumpkin & feta tart with fennel & orange(V)
• Lightly smoked fillet of salmon, shaved fennel, broad bean & feta with sauce vierge( GF )
Killara Estate Winery OR Hanrahan Vineyards
Travel to the upper Yarra Valley and finish the day with tasty shared afternoon platters, Italian inspired wines and some of the best views in the Yarra Valley. Alternate between wineries on various departure days.
Famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice-Creamery
Indulge on free chocolate while you watch the Belgian and French chocolatiers
handcraft over 250 different chocolate and truffle varieties. You’re sure to walk away with something delicious from the ‘Great Wall of Chocolate’. The range of sweet treats includes chocolates infused with fruits and nuts from the Chocolaterie’s orchard of cherries, plums, apricots, citrus, almonds and more. And on a hot day, what could be better than luscious home-made ice cream? and try the famous ‘strawberry shot-cake’!
*** Please note: Winery tour itineraries may change depending on availability and do not operate on Public Holidays. Not suitable for children under the age of 18 years old.