Cafe bus winery tours in the Australian State of Victoria are unique. Do you like the thought of a day trip but don’t want to do the driving? Hop onto a Café Bus. This trendy tour instalment literally takes Melbourne’s café culture on the road. The 18-seater bus looks just like a tour bus but inside you’ll find café tables, café seats, gourmet coffee and an on-board barista so you can have a fresh cuppa wherever you are.
Take your pick of the Yarra Valley Wine Tour or the Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour, both of which offer great scenery and an unforgettable gourmet experience.
Yarra Valley Wine Tour
Yarra Valley tours run every Friday and Sunday and activities include sampling ciders, cheese and award-winning wine at the Dominique Portet Winery. This highly-acclaimed winery boasts ten generations of wine-making expertise.
The Dominique Portet Winery in Yarra Valley is run by Dominique Portet himself and his son, Ben Portet. “Here I found wines with a fragrance and structure reminiscent of the wines of Bordeaux,” says Dominique Portet. “The Yarra has a charm and a beauty that engulfs you, and its wines are worldly.”
After taking your time through sun-kissed vineyards and wine tasting bars, continue your journey on the cafe bus winery tours to the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery where delicious ice-cream and decadent treats await you amidst the sweeping valley vistas. This tour is for the true epicurean, wonderful and relaxing, complete with a gourmet picnic lunch on the banks of the Watts River at Maroondah Reservoir.
Mornington Peninsula Wine Tour
If you prefer views of the ocean, the Café Bus Mornington Peninsula Tour takes you to vineyards near the coast, namely Red Hill Estate Winery and Stonier Winery. Red Hill is an award-winning boutique Australian winery with a premium selection of wines, while Stonier is famous for its Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.
From the vineyards you will proceed to other delights of Mornington Peninsula such as goats cheese tasting on Main Ridge or strawberry-picking at Sunnyridge Strawberry Farm. Later, make your way to the Peninsula beach where a gourmet picnic lunch will be set out for you on beautiful sandy shores where you can take a dip in the water or simply enjoy the fresh raw ocean air from the comforts of your deck chair. The Mornington Peninsula tour runs on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Complete gourmet experience
Café Bus takes pride in impeccably planned itineraries combining winery visits, cheese tasting and exquisite picnics. The key word is Gourmet and only the best that Australia has to offer. Café Bus Winery Tours are pick-up and drop-off from various locations in the Melbourne CBD so you can easily access them from your hotel.