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Hot air ballooning over the Yarra Valley
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<p>Get the best possible introduction to the Yarra Valley with a sunrise hot air balloon flight. Float above the Valley's stunning scenery of rolling hills, storybook forests and carefully tended vineyards before touching down in one of the region's flagship wineries for a champagne breakfast. Sample local wine and artisan produce in this region known for its cool climate wines and boutique cellar doors, farm gates and provedores. Visit well-known names Domaine Chandon, Rochford Estate, De Bortoli or Yering Station, as well as smaller, family-run wineries and producers. Not in the mood for wine? Follow the Yarra Valley Cider and Ale Trail. </p>
<p>Head for the peninsula to discover boutique wineries and award-winning restaurants with stunning coastal views. Stop at cellar doors to try the region's celebrated chardonnay and pinot noir, and stay to sample the area's abundant produce featured on the menus of its top restaurants. Try Montalto, Port Phillip Estate, The Long Table, Terminus and Ten Minutes by Tractor. For a more DIY experience, visit pick-your-own fruit producers, try mushroom foraging or sign-up for a cooking class. Explore the region with the Wine, Food and Farmgate trail and map, or up the adventure with a horseback winery tour. </p>
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