Fully-customisable wine tours through the Yarra Valley in a jaw-dropping stretch limo
Walking out of your front door first thing in the morning to be met by the beast of a vehicle that is the Phantom Chrysler 300c stretch limousine is a little out of the ordinary for most. And when your suited and booted driver shows off the car’s scissor doors, your jaw drops even further. Just wait until you get inside – there’s the plush, spacious limo interior, pumping music, mini TVs and champagne on ice.
Yep, this is no ordinary morning.
On the hour or so journey from Melbourne down to the wineries in Yarra Valley, you can pop open some champagne and listen to music from the limo’s epic sound system. And before you know it you’ll begin to spot vines out the windows and know you’re getting close.
Yarra Valley Limo Tours offer a variety of winery tours that can be tailored to your individual wants. You can choose one of their packages – there’s Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum – and the number of wineries you stop at will depend on what package you’ve gone for, although all include a hearty lunch at the famous Rochford Winery. Alternatively, if there are particular wineries that you’d like to visit, you can make up your own tailored tour – they’re fully customisable.
There’s the stunning, lush setting of Domaine Chandon where you can sip on champagne in the suave tasting room, which has panoramic vineyard views. And you can even get a guided tour through the winery’s facilities to learn more about the winemaking process. Another must-see is Yering Station, which established in 1838, is Victoria’s very first vineyard.
But it’s not all about wine – although it is a lot about wine – there’s also fudge tasting at Rochford Winery, which you can enjoy after your gourmet lunch and wine tasting at the same venue. Rochford Winery also has a lovely array of local produce in their shop, which includes olive oils, vinegars, jams and chutneys.
As you’re whisked from winery to winery, taking a pew on the limo’s outrageously comfy seats between pit stops, you begin to think, “I could get used to this.”
And when it’s time to go home and you merrily make the trip back to Melbourne, you can’t help but think this is one day trip you won’t be forgetting any time soon.
By Christina Wylie
Yarra Valley Limo Tours have Bronze, Silver, Gold and Platinum winery tours as well as a brewery tour and Mornington Peninsula tour.Yarra Valley Limo Tours w: http://yarravalleylimotours.com.au/ t: 0433 800 400