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Tours for Two: Private Yarra Valley Luxury Food and Wine Tasting Day Trip from Melbourne or the Yarra Valley
"A 10am pick up allows you to linger over breakfast before your private tour guide arrives in a luxury Mercedes to whisk you away to the Yarra Valley just over an hour from Melbourne.First stop is a tutored cheese and wine pairing at 3rd generation winemakers De Bortoli Estate.You will enjoy an exquisite 3-course lunch at one of the Yarra Valleys leading vineyard restaurants created by Teage Ezard at Levantine Hill. Here you can sit back and enjoy the local seasonal produce that accompanies a wine fli engagement or just time with a loved one.After lunch visit 10th generation french winemakers Dominique Portet for a very french chocolate and wine pairing in the barrel room which is hosted by your very own sommelier. The final visit you will enjoy is a private tasting at another Yarra Valley winery chosen specifically to match your particular love of wine."""
From AUD400.00
Yarra Valley and Wineries Trike Day Tour for Two from Melbourne
"Take a tour to Melbourne's glorious Yarra Valley with its magnificent valleys and vineyards and surrounding national parks and State Forests. Walk along the banks of the Yarra River at Warrandyte with a coffee in hand for morning tea and gain a different a scenic ride to Kinglake and on to the Yarra Valley through Dixons Creek as we visit wineries such as Balgownie Estate Mandala and the TarraWarra Estate before visiting the township of Yarra Glen. There are multiple choices for lunch – from a pub lunch in a local village through to a winery lunch with a glass of wine - or bring your own. Visit TarraWarra’s Museum if you wish and sample the finest from the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie & Ice Creamery before a visit to Healesville. Meandering back toward Yarra Glen there’s Domaine Chandon with its beautiful grounds and vineyards or Rochford’s Wines – the choices are yours to m"""This private sightseeing trike tour is a day tour to Melbourne's glorious Yarra Valley with its magnificent valleys and vineyards
From AUD695.00
Gourmet Vineyard Lunch and Yarra Valley Winery Tour from Melbourne
"Start your day with a guided winery tour of the wine making facilities at the famous Domaine Chandon and learn the art of wine making. Enjoy a glass of sparkling or still wine with nibbles. Then off to Zonzo Estate to sit back and relax with a lovel glass of wine and tea or coffee overlooking stunning vineyard views. Next is one of the best family run and owned smaller wineries in the valley! Yering Farm owner fifth generation orchardist and winemaker Alan Johns creates aged limited release wines of distinction from estate grown fruit with a focus on Chardonnay Pinot Noir and Cabernet Sauvignon. The experience will not be complete without trying the Pink Lady Apple Cider made with pink lady apples straight from their orchard.Then finish your leisurely day and sniff
From AUD128.00

Montsalvat Tips (3)

A Bushland Artists Colony

In the eucalyptus clad hills of the Yarra Valley, artist Justus Jorgensen, with the help of many hands, established the colony in the 1930s. The cluster of more than a dozen buildings were designed and built by the residents of the colony. The detritus from the demolition of some of the grand buildings of Melbourne were used, along with locally quarried stone, and locally produced mud brick. What they created is reminiscent of a village in the south of France, rather than one located in the antipodes.

The grandest building on the site is the Great Hall, one of the main beneficiaries of the work of iconic demolisher 'Whelan the Wrecker'. The large stained glass windows and gothic balconies were obtained from the Royal Insurance Building in Collins Street. Gargoyles and other windows were carved by students. Some of Jorgensen's paintings, made during the 'Grand Tour' of the artistic capitals of Europe which he and his wife made in the 1920s now adorn the walls. Other 'found objects' include an cast iron spiral staircase, plus architrave mouldings and some of the doors and windows (from the Bourke Street's Bijou Theatre).

Other notable buildings include the rustic Barn Gallery, where most exhibitions are displayed (the fireplace is all that survives from a fire in 1996), and the Long Gallery. The small bluestone Chapel is a popular venue for weddings and funerals.

Mud brick cottages house residents, and ducks, geese and peacocks wander the gardens.

Whilst the grounds and buildings are most commonly used for exhibitions, performances, conferences, seminars, weddings and receptions, many artists still live and work at Montsalvat. Classes on various disciplines of art are offered year round by the resident artists. See the website or enquire on site for details.

There is a restaurant on site, which is a fine place for a warming coffee on a winter afternoon. The entry fee of $14 (in 2015), is a little steep. The colony is open 7 days a week, from 9am-5pm

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Aug 15, 2015


An old gorgeous artists colony, founded by Justus Jorgensen, a student of Max Meldrum, in 1934.

There is also a little bluestone chapel on the grounds.

Visit the website for the exhibition and performance calender.

The Montsalvat restaurant:
Breakfast - Tuesday - Sunday
Lunch - Tuesday - Sunday
Dinner - Functions Only, bookings 9431 2681

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Sep 01, 2005


One of Melbourne's best kept secrets is this artists colony - which is a pity really as its one of the highlights of the city and can be combined with a visit to Heide (see previous tip). Its not easy to get too (hence the 'secret') being 26 kms from the city.

Founded in the 1930s, its a complete hotch-potch, seemingly random collection of buildings and grounds, all built from salvaged and recycled material. Where else in Australia will you find a copy of a 16th century European Great Hall, a 17th century Portuguese poolside terrace, 19th century Welsh High Church chapel and any number of homesteads, workshops and cafes? The artists work is for sale - from paintings through to jewelry through to musical instruments, and its all a bit rough round the edges (thus benefitting from being a secret!).

$6 entrance fee payable.

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Jan 10, 2005
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Getting to Montsalvat


7 Hillcrest Ave., Eltham VIC 3095


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