Explore a valley endowed with many of nature’s gifts with a Yarra Valley wine tasting tour. A region where the undulating hills and valleys are lined with rows of vines, where perfumed apple and pear orchards rub shoulders with strawberry farms, olive groves and fragrant herb farms, where the scent of rosemary or lavender on the breeze will entice you to take a closer look.
A historic wine region, which disappeared for thirty years before reawakening in the 1960s and 1970s to grown into one of the most creative and pioneering wine regions in Australia today. A region dominated by grazing pastures during that thirty years, but which has now returned to and surpassed its former viticultural glory. A region that is best discovered on Yarra Valley wine tasting tours.
Wine Paths can help you discover the new food-friendly face of Australian wine with exclusive Yarra Valley wine tasting. Cool-climate Yarra Valley wines have nothing in common with the brash, pushy face of Australian wine of old, they demonstrate an elegant, ‘old-world’ style that foodies are sure to love and want to pair with some of the local foods. And the valley’s fine regional produce, many restaurants and cafés will ensure you have the chance to do just that.
Not content with laying on fabulous wine tasting, Yarra Valley wineries will ensure that you don’t go hungry either. Their glamorous cellar doors, some more akin to those in Napa Valley than Australia, and gourmet restaurants make sure that their premium wines find the right food as their partner or sate your appetite following your wine tasting. Yarra Valley is not only a paradise for wine lovers, but food lovers too. Foodies will be spoilt for choice by its options for fine dining, wood-fired pizzas, cheese platters and baked goods. Naturally, Yarra Valley wineries and restaurants, nestled in such a beautiful, fertile region, place great emphasis on local produce, so your food experience will be guided by the seasons. Berries and luscious stone fruits in the summer, apples and pears in the autumn, winter greens, spring lamb, pork and grass-fed beef, Yarra Valley’s natural bounty will be the main ingredient on your plate on a Yarra Valley tasting tour.
As well as producing the region’s fresh, gourmet produce in its fields, orchards and pastures, you can source local, seasonal produce and handmade treats for yourself at regular farmers’ markets or roadside stalls selling produce from farm gates. Consider including cheesemakers and maturation rooms, craft brewers and artisan cidermakers in your Yarra Valley wine tasting tour, or visit one of the award-winning restaurants, many of which boast their own vegetable gardens to guarantee their ingredients reach your plate as fresh as possible.
Wine Paths’ tailored Yarra Valley wine tasting tours will ensure you get to sample not only the region’s freshest produce but also its premium wines. Famous for its elegant cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, the region also boasts world-class structured Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon, rounded fruity Sauvignon Blanc and crisp Pinot Grigio or rich Pinot Gris. Yarra Valley wine tasting will also see you tasting more eclectic varieties such as trendy Grüner Veltliner, aromatic Brachetto or majestic Nebbiolo. Some top-class bubbly should also be on your Yarra Valley wine tasting agenda, as the region also produces exemplary sparkling wine from Champagne grapes Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Pinot Meunier sourced from the coolest sites.
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