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Yarra Valley Public Wine Tour

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All inclusive Yarra Valley Wine Tour

$195.00 - Every day of the week!

See for yourself why the Yarra Valley is the #1 wine destination in Australia. The Yarra Valley offers an experience like no other. Discover the secret locations that you never knew existed.

If you’re looking for our private winery tours instead, see our Yarra Valley Private Wine Tours page.

FULL PAYING ADULTS RECEIVE 2 BOTTLES OF WINE TO TAKE HOME!

Our Yarra Valley wine tour will showcase some of the most awarded wineries and locations in the region.

We will also showcase some of the lesser known locations that have important historical relevance in the Yarra Valley. It’s not just wineries, but also:

  • Cheese mongers
  • Art galleries
  • Museums
  • Distilleries
  • Wineries

See the itinerary below for full details on all venues we visit.

Gin is an important part of the Yarra Valley and our Yarra Valley Wine Tour.

If you want to try some more you can “opt in” to try 3 locally distilled gins at the Gin Bar @ Rochford Estate.

The gins are infused with wine and are distilled at a local distillery in Healesville using locally sourced ingredients.

A must try for all gin lovers!

Gin tasting is an additional $25.00 pp

  • 2 x complimentary bottle of wine to take home for every full paying adult
  • Comfortable transportation to and from the Yarra Valley
  • Scenic drive – a drive to remember!
  • A fun and knowledgable tour guide to assist you on the day
  • Gourmet lunch with sharing sides and a glass of wine or soft drink
  • Wine tasting fees at all locations we visit (excludes gin tasting)
  • Bottled water during the whole trip
  • Souvenir Rick’s Wine Tours lanyard with wine tasting note book
  • Many photo opportunities

Lunch is included on all our tours.

Gourmet lunch with sharing sides and a glass of wine or soft drink at the winery.

Our tours depart from the steps on Flinders St at St Paul’s Cathedral opposite Federation Square in Melbourne CBD.

You can’t miss our buses – they have Rick’s Wine Tours all over them!

Bus arrives – 9:00 am Melbourne CBD

Departs Melbourne – 9:15 am Melbourne CBD

Returns Melbourne – 5:00 – 5:30 pm – Melbourne CBD

The drop off point is in front of Ian Potter Centre Federation Square (opposite St Paul’s Cathedral)

Our Yarra Valley Itinerary changes at certain times of the year. The below itinerary is current from 1st August 2023.

8:50 am – Bus arrives – St Paul’s Cathedral – Flinders St Melbourne CBD

9:00 am – Bus Departs – St Paul’s Cathedral – Flinders St Melbourne CBD

Scenic drive to the Yarra Valley with opportunities to spot kangaroos, koalas, wild birds and see the stunning Yarra and Dandenong Ranges. 

10:00 am – Yarra Farm Fresh – guided fruit tasting – includes strawberries!

10:30 am – St Hubert’s – a guided tasting of 4 premium wines followed by time to explore the Indigenous Art Gallery.

Each adult will receive a bottle of wine to take home from St Hubert’s.

 

11:45 am – Rochford Estate – a guided tasting of 4 wines followed by a gourmet lunch with a glass of wine. Enjoy 10% discount at the gift shop and on take away wine sales.

Each adult will receive a bottle of wine to take home from Rochford Wines.

2:00 pm – Payten & Jones – a guided tasting of 5 wines

3:30 pm – Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery – a guided chocolate tasting experience of locally made chocolates followed by time to shop and explore.

4:15 pm – Depart Yarra Valley

5:30 pm – Bus arrives Melbourne CBD

The drop off point is in front of Ian Potter Centre Federation Square (opposite St Paul’s Cathedral)

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Standard Itinerary

9:00 am – Meet at St Paul’s Cathedral – Flinders St Melbourne CBD – we meet on the steps on Flinders St

9:15 am – Depart Melbourne

10:00 am – Yarra Farm Fresh – guided fruit tasting of Yarra Valley Fruit!

10:45 amHubert’s Estate – guided tastings of 4 wines followed by time to explore the Indigenous Art Gallery 

11:30 am – Rochford Estate – A guided tasting of 4 wines followed by a gourmet lunch with sharing sides and a glass of wine (or soft drink)

Opt in Gin Tasting at the Gin Bar – $25.00 pp (not included in wine tour)

2:00 pm – Payten & Jones – a guided tasting of 5 wines

3:30 pm – Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and Ice Creamery – a guided chocolate tasting experience.

4:10 pm – Depart Yarra Valley

5:30 pm – Arrive Ian Potter Centre @ Federation Square (opposite St Paul’s Cathedral – Melbourne CBD)

*Please note the above itinerary may change based on venue availability.

Your transport

Your transport for the day are our highly comfortable 12 seat Renault Master Mini-Buses. We like to keep our tours intimate and these buses are perfect to ensure our tours remain one of quality and one that you will remember.

Rick’s Wine Tours drivers and hosts are passionate about wine and tourism in general.  We cherish the Yarra Valley and just love showing it off to everyone who comes on our tours. Our guides are experts in their fields.

All Rick’s Wine Tours team members hold regulatory driving accreditation which means you are in safe hands.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! Our tours to Yarra Valley include a gourmet styled lunch lunch with a glass of wine.

Venues that we visit on our Yarra Valley Public Wine Tour

Rochford Estate
Gourmet lunch with sharing sides and a glass of wine or soft drink
 Your choice of main course with a glass of wine or soft drink

You will order your lunch in the morning when you meet your driver and host at the pick up location. Please advise of any dietary requirements when you order.

Yes! Our tours run every day of the week. In fact week days provide a great way to see the regions without the crowds that weekends can bring.

We keep our groups small. Max group size will be 10 people per bus. This ensures a fun day out and the ability to visit venues you wouldn’t normally get to visit.

The tour departs Melbourne approximately 9:45 am and returns around 5:00 pm. The tour is 7 – 8 hours. However depending on traffic coming back to Melbourne we may arrive a little later. Your guide will keep the day on track.

You can book out the whole tour if you like… But it might be better to arrange a private tour if you have a group of 8 or more. This way we can tailor the day to where you want to go. The public tour itinerary cannot be changed.

We understand sometimes you need to cancel or plans change unexpectedly. Our full cancellation policy can be found in our FAQs below.

We need 2 or more people for this tour to go ahead!

More questions?  View all our FAQs.

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Terms & Conditions

Rick’s Wine Tours – Yarra Valley Public Tour Terms and Conditions

Cancellation

1 – If you cancel within 24 hours of your wine tour – no refund

2 – If you cancel 48 hours or more of your wine tour – 50% refund

3 – Cancellations must be received in writing via email – bookings@rickswinetours.com

Tour code of conduct

Persons causing a nuisance will be removed from the tour. Rick’s Wine Tours will not be responsible for any expense to the passenger if this occurs. Uncontrollable or disruptive drunken behaviour will not be tolerated. Any person who becomes intoxicated will be removed from the tour. Rick’s Wine Tours will not be responsible for any expense to the passenger if this occurs. Wineries reserve the right to refuse service & entry. Disruptive persons will not be allowed on the vehicle. No alcohol is allowed on our vehicles. No BYO food or drink is allowed in the wineries or other tour venues. Wineries do not have BYO license therefore you may not bring your own alcohol for consumption. Individuals are responsible for any damage inflicted on our vehicles or at wineries.

Rick’s Wine Tours will not be liable for any damage to any private or public property caused by any passengers.

Rick’s Wine Tours reminds its passengers that responsible service of alcohol laws apply at all times and any passenger who becomes intoxicated, disruptive, offensive, violent or quarrelsome will be removed immediately from the tour.

Use of visual media

Unless otherwise stated in writing, all passengers agree to the use and marketing of all video and still images captured by Rick’s Wine Tours and its drivers / hosts whilst on tour.

These videos and still images may be used on social media platforms, online video platforms as well as any other promotional material developed by the business including banners, flyers, or other marketing material that the business develops for its advertising and promotional strategies.

Covid- 19 restrictions

Rick’s Wine Tours is a COVID Safe operator. We follow all government imposed covid regulations.

We are now adhering to the following restrictions / government advice:

  • All attendee must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19
  • All attendees must wear a mask on the bus and when entering a venue
  • If you have experienced any COVID symptoms you will not be allowed on the tour
  • If you have tested positive to COVID you will be required to provide evidence of a negative COVID test.

​Liability Waiver

To The Extent Permitted By Law:

The company, its related entities, employees and agents shall not be liable for any claims, losses, damages, injuries, costs and expenses suffered, sustained or incurred (including, but not limited to, indirect or consequential) as a result of, or arising out of, or in any way connected with any tour performed by Rick’s Wine Tours. The passenger releases the company for any claim whatsoever and howsoever incurred, including, but not limited to, a claim for death, bodily injury, damage or loss of property during embarkation and/or disembarkation to or from the buses or vehicles and/or at all times whilst on board any buses or vehicles, unless caused by wilful misconduct or reckless disregard of the company.

In the event of breach of any of these terms by the company, or a failure in whole or in part to provide any service that the company contracted to provide (either expressly or by implication), the remedy for any such breach of any term shall be limited only to the contractual value of the performance of service or obligation that was not performed by the company, or alternatively part value of the service where there was partial performance of the service or obligation by the company. Any liability shall be assessed by the company’s own value of the service and/or obligation or part thereof that is the subject of any claim.​