Winery outings are a popular past-time. The trip makes for a relaxing weekend get away. In addition, it can be a romantic, stress-free trip for two. One does not have to travel far for a winery vacation. Indeed, vineyards are popping up everywhere. What does one do on a winery tour? Tourists get to see the countryside, learn wine-making facts and sample and taste wines. Visitors rave about the transportation for winery tours melbourne.

Yarra Valley Winery Tours features transportation in a luxury hummer limousine. The drivers are all certified and have expert safety records. The Yarra Valley is one of Australia's oldest and most prestigious wine regions. Indeed, the Ryrie brothers planted the first vines in the valley in the early 1800's. The area has rich loamy soil, warm afternoon sun and cool nights. Experts say this is a perfect combination for growing fine grapes.

Visitors are greeted in Melbourne with a glass of champagne. Enjoy the drink on the one-hour drive to the Yarra Valley. The first stop is a sit-down wine tasting and nibbles at Domaine Chandon winery. This winery was established by French champagne producer Moet & Chandon in 1986, their only winery in Australia. The company is known for its traditional methods of producing sparkling wine.

There is a lso a visit to the Debortelli winery before a stop for a gourmet lunch at Rochford wines. DeBortelli Wines is a third generation wine company established in Italy in 1928. The family emigrated to Australia from Northern Italy. Rochford is in the heart of the valley and is often identified with Australia's "Day on the Green" music festivals. This winery boasts a restaurant, cafe and patio, art gallery and natural amphitheater. Finally, it is off to the famous Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Cream chocolate tastings. Visitors are able to watch every aspect of the chocolate-making process and learn from European chocolatiers. Amazingly, there are over 250 types of chocolate to sample. The private tours are available for groups of four to fourteen people. Some people like doing things in luxurious style and this a novel way to taste wine.