St. Andrews Beach Brewery -Your Lunch Option!

St. Andrews Beach Brewery – Your Lunch Option!

Ok. Here’s the thing. You are hosted on a Private Perfect Day Tour of the Mornington Peninsula. You visit 3 premium cellar doors/wineries for tastings. As you are feeling a bit peckish after the 2nd tasting, you are invited to explore the St. Andrews Beach Brewery. You have total control over your spending for your lunch options.

All you need to do –  is choose your meal and beverage. As there are so many lovely options – you pay for lunch –  as lavish or as lean as you desire! You can also purchase a paddle of different beers, a pint of your preferred tipple, or a glass of wine. Even a soft drink!

You now have total freedom to choose what you would like to eat, drink and pay for. With a dizzying array of fabulous pub grub and brewery beers, you won’t be disappointed. Or Hungry.  St. Andrews Beach Brewery also has an impressive range of local wines and ciders on offer.

You will visit 3 other lovely cellar doors/wineries on the Mornington Peninsula for delicious wine tastings – and wonderful hospitality. Venues may include Red Hill Estate, Quealy Winemakers, and Kerri Green’s among many others.

Information will soon be available on our Tours & Pricing page. However, for now, I can give you the nuts and bolts of the offer here.

Looking forward to hosting you on another Perfect Day Tour. This time – you get lunch at the fabulous St. Andrews Beach Brewery.

To get the ball rolling for this new and exciting option – we are offering a special introductory price below.

 10 lucky  people – $99 per person

 8 – 9 people. the cost will be just $110 per person

 6 – 7 people the cost will be only $125 per person.

*CBD Transfers –  and far-flung locations may incur an extra charge.

An amazing array of gastro-pub food and beverages are available at St. Andrews Beach Brewery.
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Premium Wine Tour – Yarra Valley

I am excited to inform you of a brand new tour offer. Our Yarra Valley Premium Tour will include a magnificent wine tasting, as well as a delicious 2-course lunch at the highly-rated Helen’s Hill Estate. Add to this a glass of wine of your choice to wash down your lunch!

So what is a Premium Tour?

Well, there is a lot to love about our Premium Wine Tour of the Yarra Valley. Firstly, Helen’s Hill is considered by James Halliday’s 2022 Wine Companion to be among “The best of the best”. This means you will be tasting high-scoring/ high-quality Yarra Valley wines. You will be warmly welcomed, and looked after by the friendly Helen’s Hill team.

 

The famous ‘Harvest Board’ 1st course. Followed by Gourmet Pizza. Just part of our Premium Yarra Valley Tour.

As well as the high-quality wine tasting, you will be spoilt to death with a sumptuous Harvest Board (pictured above), as well as delicious Gourmet Pizzas of your choice. Yes. Gluten-free options are also available – and very, very tasty! To compliment your experience, the views of the vineyard and the ambiance are stunning.

Wines on Tasting

Among the Estate Grown & Single Vineyard wines on tasting you will find delicious Blanc de Noir sparkling wine, Pinot Grigio, Fume Blanc, Rose, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Syrah, ‘Cabernets’ and Brachetto. Brachetto is a semi-sweet wine – not too sweet – just right.

Did I mention that you get to choose a glass of wine from the tasting? This can be enjoyed with your delicious shared plates 2-course lunch. From first-hand experience –  the bubbles, the Rose, and the Pinot Noir go very nicely with the generous repast at Helen’s Hill.

We will also visit another 3 Premium wine producers/cellar doors on your Perfect Day Tour. As always, you are more than welcome to suggest a winery or 2. However, this may affect the final cost of the tour.

We would love to take to 3 of our other favorite Premium Yarra Valley wineries –  including –  Warramunda Estate, Oakridge Wines, Yileena Park, Corniola Wines, Greenstone Vineyards, and Dominique Portet. To name but a few!

Prices start at just $149 per head for 10 people.

For 8 people – the cost would start at just $165 per head.

If you have fewer people or require a CBD, Melbourne Airport, or Port of Melbourne transfer – please let us know.

If you require further information regarding Premium Wine Tours of the Yarra Valley, or for further ideas and Perfect Day Tour options, please click on the Tours & Pricing option.

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Autumn Wine Tours – Perfect!

The time is now.

I am happy to stick my neck out here.

Autumn is by far the best time to get out to the vineyards and taste some delicious wine. So I am happy to pronounce – Autumn Wine Tours – Perfect!

Autumn foliage with ripe grapes. Capuring the splash ofate afternoon sunburst highlights the season. Greenstone Vineyards - Yarra Valley.
This sun-splashed photo captures that magical, late-season ripening of early Autumn. Greenstone Vineyards – Yarra Valley.

It’s the cool misty mornings. The autumnal hues of the vine leaves. Vibrant green. Gently fading to golden yellow, magenta, and everything in-between.

Due to the cooler autumn temperature, the red wines are just right for tasting. Subsequently, the natural cool climate acidity ensures that the wines are well balanced and mouth-wateringly delicious!

Autumn Wine Tours – Perfect!

In the warmer sub-regions of the Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay have already been picked. In the cooler, higher altitude areas, picking is just starting.

Late ripening grapes like Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon are still enjoying the warm days and cool nights. Picking will start over the next week or two.

One of the coolest wine regions in Victoria, and indeed Australia, is the majestic and mysterious Macedon Ranges.

I am looking forward to a few upcoming Perfect Day Tours of the Macedon Ranges. A slow drive over Mount Macedon is a joyful experience. Due to the high altitude and cool climate, the deciduous trees put on a majestic display.

Autumn – Cool Climate Gardens

For those interested in the cool climate horticulture of the Macedon Ranges, I could recommend a visit to catch up with Stephen Ryan at Dicksonia Rare Plants at Mount Macedon.

Those of you who are mad for Hellebores, (winter roses), should go no further than visiting the fabulous  Post Office Farm Nursery

Proprieter Peter Leigh is regarded as the ultimate expert on the hellebores species in Australia.

Whatever ‘floats ya boat’ – we look forward to hosting you on a Perfect Day Tour!

Yarra Valley. Mornington Peninsula. Macedon Ranges. Bellarine Peninsula.

Don’t YOU deserve a Perfect Day Tour?

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Best Value Victorian Wine Tours

After a web search of my fellow tour operators, I came to a very interesting conclusion. I believe Perfect Day Tours offers the best value Victorian wine tours. Our most popular tours are the Yarra Valley &  Mornington Peninsula. Don’t forget the Macedon Ranges!

Although recent events have caused many cellar doors and wineries to increase their prices – we have absorbed most of those extra charges. Did I also mention the cost of fuel at the moment?

Best Value ‘No Frills’ Tour

A quick visit to our Tours and Pricing page will reveal a selection of amazingly priced offers. Starting at just $112 per person – our ‘No Frills’ tour visits 3 wineries and another venue for a delicious lunch. I can’t find a more keenly priced offer. This cost is for 10 people, and is available from Sunday to Friday. Saturday ‘No Frills’ tours are just $120 – for 10 people. Available Yarra Valley & Mornington Peninsula.

Gourmet Pizza @ Coldstream Brewery – ‘No Frills’ tour – Yarra Valley. Bellissimo!
After a wine tasting at Red Hill Estate – Mornington Peninsula. Western Port in the background.

Stunning views of Western Port can be observed at Red Hill Estate, one of our favorite cellar doors on any Perfect Day Tour. On a fine day, Philip Island is visible.

Total Value Package

Another reason to believe that we offer the best value Victorian wine tours  – is our recent TVP. This simply stands for Total Value Package. Starting at just $130 per person for 10 people. Prices increase slightly with fewer people.

Mont Rouge Estate – Delicious BBQ lunch on a Total Value Package.

Our Mornington Peninsula choice for lunch on a Perfect Day Tour is Mont Rouge Estate.  With the recent landscaping at the bottom of the Estate, Mont Rouge just gets better and better. A new chocolaterie, aptly named Cocoa Rouge, is a welcome addition to the portfolio.

So now for lunch – our lucky guests enjoy a cellar door wine tasting, gourmet BBQ lunch, and salads, as well as a delicious and generous glass of wine of your choice. Now we can add to that a free chocolate tasting at the chocolaterie after lunch!

The hardest thing now is to get everyone back on the tour vehicle, as they love to linger in the chocolaterie, admiring the beautiful handmade chocolates, whilst enjoying their tasting.  Ice cream and very good coffee are also available.

Don’t you deserve a Perfect Day Tour?

Looking forward to hosting you soon!

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Christmas New Year Update

Happy New Year everyone. I just wanted to give you a Christmas New Year Update.

During late December and January, we have all been challenged. Due to the persistence of Covid, some Perfect Day Tours have been rescheduled or canceled.

 

After a delicious lunch at the Trattoria D’ Soumah –  Yarra Valley.

We were quite busy between Christmas and New Year. Understandably, this was a time for small groups of friends and family to catch up, which was a welcome relief from the frantic ‘Silly Season’, before Christmas.

Further to our Christmas New Year Update – More people have been asking to explore ‘hidden gems’ on our tours. One such winery and cellar door we have been visiting is Corniola Wines. Located in the Dixon’s Creek sub-region of the Yarra Valley, Corniola is a family-run 10-acre vineyard, with a small winery attached.

This is a true Estate – as Lucy and Vince live on the vineyard.  The tasting area is in the intimate barrel room. Nothing too flash – it is made from corrugated iron. Step inside, and you are surrounded by French oak barrels. Subsequently, there are the intoxicating aromas of happy, fermenting wine.

Tasting

On a recent visit between Christmas and New Year, I bought a bottle of the Corniola Yarra Valley Shiraz – 2017. This particular vintage was a delight in the Yarra Valley for elegant, cool climate Shiraz and Pinot Noir.

This is what I found.

Corniola Yarra Valley Shiraz 2017. Delicious!

On the nose, a hint of spice, opening up to licorice. Lovely aroma!

Medium-bodied, with beautifully balanced tannins and acidity.

The French oak works a treat –  supporting the medium-bodied dark fruits.

The finish is lovely – with good length.

You will find more information about the Perfect Day Tour you dream about on our Tours and Pricing page.

I’m looking forward to hosting you and your lucky friends. We can explore some of the ‘Hidden  Gems’ on a Perfect Day Tour soon!

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Merry Christmas to all of our wonderful and loyal Perfect Day Tours customers.

Although things have been challenging over the last 2 years, we hope fortunes will turn around in 2022.

I am looking forward to seeing many of our old customers, as well as meeting many new ones.

We are ‘flat out’ between now and the New Year, however, there are still lots of tour bookings available in January and February 2022.

All the best for the festive season for you and your family.

Stay safe.

 

 

 

 

 

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Availability – Sunday 19/12

We still have availability for a Perfect Day Tour on Sunday, 19th of December! The region is –  the magnificent Mornington Peninsula!

Your Perfect Day Tour would include a visit to 4 Amazing cellar doors/wineries. At one of these, you would be invited to lunch!

Your sumptuous lunch would include a cellar door wine tasting, Gourmet BBQ selections – as well as a glass of wine with your meal. Did I mention the chocolate tasting as well?

 

Last Christmas at Mont Rouge – for a lucky Perfect Day Tour group.

 

 

Merricks Creek Winery – Mornington Peninsula – Lovely!

For a lucky group of 8 people – the cost would be only $145 per head – all inclusive!

This offer will be available until sold out – let me know your thoughts.

 

 

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Wine Tours Start Again!

Wine tours have started again! Your Perfect Day Tour could include an unforgettable visit to the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula, or the Macedon Ranges.

Fingers crossed, restrictions will ease further on the 24th of November. This will allow for higher density limits at the wineries, cellar doors, and restaurants.

 

Happy Days are Here Again!  Eldridge Estate, Mornington Peninsula.

Saturday bookings for the rest of the year are filling fast. Sunday and weekdays are much easier to book for the rest of 2021.

This Saturday, I am really looking forward to hosting a small tour of 7 this weekend to celebrate a 60th Birthday. We are off to the majestic and mysterious Macedon Ranges. Can’t wait!

The Perfect Day Tour will include –

Hanging Rock Winery

The Wine Collective for lunch,

Hesket Estate,

and Paramoor Winery.

Paramoor Winery Cellar Door – Macedon Ranges.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here is a recent blog link to my most recent Paramoor Winery visit. I purchased a bottle of their 2015 Pinot Noir – review included.

Patience is a Virtue!

As we slowly emerge from Covid 19 restrictions, we need to be kind and patient with those we visit. As there are still requirements around social distancing and density limits, we need to be respectful, so we can all enjoy the tour.

Furthermore, some of the venues are struggling to find experienced staff. Please be patient and understanding.

Don’t you deserve a Perfect Day Tour?

 

 

 

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Back In Business!

We are delighted to be able to offer Perfect Day Tours again!

Following Covid Safe guidelines – we can now do what we love best.

Welcome Back!

Time to kick our heels up.

Places are filling fast – so book early.

Stay Safe!

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Winter Wine Weekend 24th of July – Mornington Peninsula.

Traditionally held on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend in June, the annual Mornington Peninsula Winter Wine Festival will now commence on the 24th of July.

Any queries regarding this wonderful event – please let me know!

A great PDT tasting at Point Leo Estate, Mornington Peninsula.

Sponsored by  Mornington Peninsula Wines,  PDT has now classified this event as  – ‘Not to be Missed!’

Let us know if we can help with bookings!

Yabby Lake. Delicious award-winning wine and food. Bellisimo!
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