A Yarra Valley
Degustation Tour
with your dog

If you love food as much as you love wine and your puppy –
then this degustation tour is pawfect for you.

Remember the progressive dinner parties of the 80s?  When you went from place to place, having something fabulous to eat at each one?  Well, this is the equivalent food & wine tasting tour – and bonus – you get to bring your dog!

What's included?

We’ll start the day at Rob Dolan with a wine tasting paired with a selection of mouthwatering croissants and Danish pastries. Sip Black Label Blanc de Blanc with your butter croissant, Pinot Gris with a raspberry Danish, Black label Chardonnay with an escargot, and a Pinot Noir with a cherry Danish.

All rounded off with a smooth Silva coffee and even a puppacino treat for your pup.

Have you tried wine straight from the barrel?  You will on this tour.  Experience a tasting flight of Helen & Joey’s Wayward Child wines, paired superbly with the ideal charcuterie (think gin and finger lime cured ocean trout or vodka cured salmon paired with an orange (skin contact) Pinot Gris, lonza (cured pork loin) paired with Ilion Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc blend, bresaola with Pinot Noir, local Milgrove Salami paired with Hannahanna (an unfiltered un-fined wild Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Shiraz blend).

Next, we’ll scoot over to Steels Gate winery cellar door for a top-shelf wine tasting and where we can discuss their restaurant’s menu and which wine would pair best with the courses you’re leaning towards for lunch.

At 1.30pm sit down to lunch in their restaurant – the covered deck has sweeping views for you to drink in as you enjoy your leisurely three courses and all the while you’ll have your pupster by your side.  There’s something special about knowing you’ve paired your food with the perfect glass of wine.

After lunch we’ll head over to Healesville to enjoy a walk (on or off lead) so everyone can stretch their legs.

In a private tasting room at Payten & Jones, you’ll sample two Yarra Valley cheeses made by Stone & Crowe – Galactic, a soft young cow’s milk and Aged Moonshine, a hard cheddar, with Australian Harvest’s olive tapenade, also made here in the valley. See how well they pair with P&J’s Chardonnay, Sangiovese and Pinot Noir and what each flavour does to your palate. And if by now you’re just after a taste, we’ll wrap the rest of your cheese and tapenade so you can take it home with you.

And for our final tasting of the tour – have a gin or beer tasting paddle to cleanse your palate!  For gin lovers, we’ll make our way over the road to Four Pillars Distillery to end the day with a relaxing gin-tasting and sample it with their very own chocolate, spiced nuts or even their caviar – talk about a decadent finish!

Have a sip of Bloody Shiraz with a handful of spicy nuts, or try their Rare Dry Gin with their choccie – which is made from their spent gin botanicals and gin-steamed oranges…imagine juniper, subtle but lingering cardamom and cassia, and the warm orange citrus character their Rare Dry gin is loved for.

Of course, if you’d prefer a paired beer tasting, we’ll head around the corner to Watts River Brewing – where Ben & Aaron, two ex-White Rabbit brewers, draw inspiration from old world Belgian ales and new world craft beers, to brew their distinctive beer, on-site, for you to experience in a tasting paddle.  And it comes paired with the best beer snacks in the business!

If time at the end of the tour we can pop into Healesville’s delis and cheesemongers to grab some bits and bobs for supper.

What's the cost?

  • 1 person – $619/person
  • 2 people – $529/person
  • 3 people – $479/person
  • 4 to 7 people – $439/person
  • Under 18s – $159 each
  • Pick up/Drop-off:
    Within the Yarra Valley – FREE
    Up to 75kms from Healesville – $82 to $275

  • Available Days:
    Thursday – Sunday


Optional Extras

If you’re celebrating a birthday or a special occasion, let us ‘big it up’ for you – & have a delicious cake made for you, which we’ll present you with when we arrive to pick you up for your tour, and we’ll pop it in your fridge with a bottle of the region’s finest sparkling to enjoy when you get home.

Let us put together a Yarra Valley Hamper for you full of our region’s tastiest and most well-known produce – for you to give as a gift or enjoy yourselves.  Choose a sweet hamper, or savoury or even a mix of both!

If you’d like photos and a blog from your day (written by your dog of course – like this) sending to you after your tour!