Yarra Valley – Ballooning and Barrel Tasting

What a way to start your day – floating gently over the Yarra Valley. Let the breeze usher you along the corridors of grape vines and over the Yarra River as you take in the breathtaking views of the surrounding mountains. Toast your flight with a sumptuous champagne breakfast at a nearby historic chateau with period fittings throughout.

After breakfast, visit the Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary, regarded as one of Australia’s leading wildlife reserves, the Healesville Sanctuary has over 200 species of Australian birds and animals in pristine ‘Aussie’ bush land.

Visit Dominique Portet vineyard where you will be treated to an exclusive behind the scenes barrel room tasting with carefully matched Yarra Valley produce. The Portet family has been making wine for 10 generations, since the early 17th century. Now affable Frenchman Dominique Portet, a household name in Victorian wine circles, and son Ben, are continuing the tradition at this charming winery in the heart of the Yarra Valley.

Continue exploring the region meeting local characters and sampling wine from boutique wineries such as Yarra Yering, Coldstream Hills and Yering Farm. Avoiding the crowds of the larger wineries – the tour will be tailored to suit your tastes.

Finish with lunch at one of the regions picturesque vineyard restaurants.

Inclusions and Highlights

  • A one hour hot air balloon flight over the Yarra Valley
  • A sumptuous champagne breakfast
  • Australia’s iconic native animals at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • A private barrel room tasting with the wine maker
  • 2-course lunch with a beverage (beer, wine or soft-drink)

Duration

10-11 Hours (approximately)

Departure time

Early morning – times vary seasonally. Guests to be advised the night prior.

All tours are private and inclusive of luxury vehicle/balloon flight/professional local guide/complimentary water/pick up and return to any requested Melbourne address

Enhance your Experience

Luxury/Romance:

  • Private tasting in the Trophy Room at De Bortoli with matched cheeses
  • Upgrade lunch to a 4-course chefs selection menu with matched wine

Family/Active:

  • Exclusive tractor tour and orchard tasting with farmer Len at Rayner’s stone fruit orchard

Other:

  • Connect with Indigenous Culture on a Indigenous Wildlife Journey at Healesville Sanctuary
  • Up close ‘Magic Moments’ with the animals at Healesville Wildlife Sanctuary
  • Wade with a platypus experience

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