Your tour begins with coffee and pastries in Red Hill before a six and a half kilometre walk to Merricks. You will follow the original Red Hill railway line (built in 1915) and along the way, meet winemaker, Dave Chapman for a wine and cheese tasting in his Allies Vineyard.
Visit the charming Merricks General Wine Store for a tasting of Elgee Park, Baillieu and neighbours wines followed by a two-course lunch.
Afterwards, stroll over to Stonier for a tasting and, with time permitting, visit Merricks Estate to see the wines and native bushland restored by the owners. The tour then heads to Balnarring where we taste Quealy Wines with the dynamic winemaker, Kathleen Quealy.
Finish the day with a wander through the tranquil Coolart Estate, featuring the best wetlands and bird watching in the Western Port catchment.
Tour in a luxurious Mercedes Benz Viano, enjoy morning tea at the Red Hill Epicurean Centre, exclusive access, special deals and a regional gift hamper.
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Private wine tours for discerning visitors that take you way beyond your average cellar-door crawl for adventures with a well-connected local. Meet winemakers, visit wineries and hear stories about the local wine scene. Arthur has access to private vineyards where you will join in tastings and discover the best flavours and scenery of this stunning region. Tour highlights include:
A morning feast of premium wines served with Main Ridge and Red Hill local cheeses, olives, bread, and other delicacies enjoyed in a private beach-side location.
A behind-the-scenes, one-on-one tasting with a celebrated winemaker including Arthur's wife, Geraldine McFaul, the winemaker at Willow Creek Vineyard and maker of Elgee Park, and Baillieu Vineyard wines.
Lunch at one of the region's fine restaurants. Over summer, they gather fresh mussels from Harry's boat at Flinders Pier to be later cooked and served with local wines.
Plunge Tours collect and return you to your preferred location in a luxurious Mercedes-Benz Viano. Once on board, Arthur offers delicious, fresh local strawberries to calibrate your palate for wines and flavours enjoyed amidst stunning coastal views.
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