After having heard multiple positive reports about last years Wine Tour I immediately put my name down when the idea was suggested again. Myself and 23 others met early morning on a Saturday (which was the worst part about the tour) and boarded the bus, bound for Yarra Valley.
After the long drive our first stop was Yilleena Park. With some thirsty patrons we bustled up the stairs to enjoy the gorgeous view of the valley whilst sampling the diverse range of wines. Everybody had their wallets in reserve, we were all worried we would over purchase too early. Moving on we stopped at Graeme Miller Wines and enjoyed another long sample of the great wines on offer.
Acacia Ridge was our lunch destination and one of the highlights of the day. The host Gavin was a riot telling us some funny stories whilst we warmed up by the fireplace. Gavin had just announced his retirement that week so he poured us all a glass of bubbly and we had a cheers with him. By the end of Acacia Ridge everyone was feeling a little merry, and taking a group photo proved harder than one would think. We got there in the end and then headed to our last destination Coombe Farm.
Coombe Farm was the most exciting winery of the day (not sure if this was due to the alcohol intake). No really, it was the best because with every bottle of wine you purchased you were able to go in the gumboot throw. Basically the gumboot throw entails you, a gumboot, a 6 metre gap and some old wine barrels that you need land your gumboot in. If you get it, you’re rewarded with a free bottle of wine. Our tour operator said he had only ever seen two people do this. Two of the IMA team made the barrel, one of them from a backwards throw! Very impressive! After all the gumboot excitement we packed into the bus, which became a bit of a challenge with all the wine we had purchased, once again bound for the city.
To end an excellent day some of us (me) had a little nap on the way home. I could still hear plenty of carry on down the back of the bus as I drifted off. I think it was an excellent day had by all. Next tour will involve breweries instead of wineries we hope!