Explore the Yarra Valley which is best known for its offering to foodies and wine lovers with our private Yarra Valley wine tour. We will build the perfect itinerary for your group to get the most of your day out. Flexible itineraries to this region can include visiting the Yarra Valley Dairy or chocolate factory.
You will travel in a luxury vehicle with panoramic windows, reclining seats and air conditioned comfort with your own private tour guide.
Start time: Preferred departure time from your accommodation or a central location is approximately 9.30am
End time: Arrives back to Melbourne at approximately 5.30pm
Arriving into Melbourne on a cruise and wish to take this tour? We can adapt the itinerary for cruise passengers into Melbourne. We will collect you from Station Pier and make sure you get back on board to continue your adventure. Be sure to let us know you are visiting Melbourne on a cruise at the time of booking.
Pricing: From $140 per person. For groups larger than 7 please contact us and we will put together the perfect itinerary for you. The price will depend on group size, dining location and other inclusions.
About this tour:
The Yarra Valley is Victoria’s most well visited destination for foodies and wine lovers, and for a reason.
Our private Yarra Valley wine tours are tailored depending on the composition and size of your group. We prefer the smaller, family-run, boutique wineries with bags of charm but also include the more modern, exciting ones too. For example, day tours can include a number of wine tastings at wineries such as Punt Road, Dominique Portet, Oakridge and Yering Farm and a gourmet lunch stop with a beautiful view (please note that wineries are subject to availability). We can also build a stop at the Yarra Valley Dairy to taste some amazing cheeses or indulge in some chocolate at the Chocolaterie. Let us know at the time of booking if there is any winery in particular you would like to go to and we’ll make that happen for you.
This tour includes:
In addition to our Yarra Valley wine tour, check out our Bellarine Peninsula wine tour and Mornington Peninsula wine tour. Fancy some food with your wine? You’re in luck as we also run an Australian Food & Wine Tour and a Chocolate and Wine Tour.
Hear what some of our guests have to say about taking a private tour to the Yarra Valley:
James took our cousins from Western Australia and friend, along with my sister and myself, on a tour of the Yarra Valley Wineries. What a wonderful experience. James is the absolute perfect host … he is extremely professional and knowledgeable about the Yarra Valley and the myriad of wineries nestled around every corner!! His choice of wineries to visit was outstanding, a brilliant lunch venue with ‘the best’ food, and then a visit to a cheese-maker, topping the afternoon off with a visit to Dame Nellie Melba’s … an absolutely fantastic day. James made the experience a wonderful memory for our WA visitors to take back home with them – they were so very impressed.
James was an excellent host for our day in the Yarra Valley. He was able to get us delicious cheese and chocolate tastings in between our wine tasting stops. He selected wineries that ranged from rustic to modern, all with a wide range of wine options and knowledgeable and friendly cellar door staff. He was even able to work in a beer tasting stop for my son and a kangaroo sighting for my daughter and daughter in law! Most importantly, James is warm and friendly with a wonderful sense of humor. Although by the end of the day we had made James a part of our family, he was never intrusive. He had an uncanny ability to know when to let our group enjoy the venue on our own and when we needed his guidance and expertise. We’ll be talking about the memories from this tour for years to come!
– Holly and family, USA
We had the perfect day trip – thanks to tour guide, James, He provided a fabulous day for my husband and I in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong region. We arrived into Melbourne for the day on our cruise boat at around 9am and were greeted by James who took us straight out to the Yarra Valley for a fantastic day of wine tasting and indulging in some local produce along with a wonderful ride on the charming Puffing Billy train. Lunch at the Soumah winery was fabulous. We weren’t sure that packing so much into a day trip would be possible since we were only docked at Melbourne for a short while but James was fantastic at tailoring the itinerary to ensure we saw the best of Melbourne and beyond while also putting our nerves at ease that we wouldn’t miss our boarding call! Thanks James, and we hope you’ll come visit us one day in Everett!
– Glenda and Neil, USA
Took 3 full day tours with I heart Melbourne. Spent 2 days with James doing the Puffing Billy, Yarra valley and the City highlights and a day with Bruce at Mornington Peninsula. From the day of the inquiry until the drop off the whole experience was amazing. This is one way to enjoy private tours without burning a hole in your pocket. The places they recommended for lunch were great as well. We would definitely recommend I heart Melbourne if you are looking for a personalized experience and we are sure that you will be left with some great memories just like we were!
– Prerit, Singapore
My friends and I were treated to a fabulous private winery tour of the Yarra Valley and we were lucky enough to do so with James. He is such a great host and a very safe and steady driver. The choice of wineries and places to visit was exactly suited to our age group and we had the best day out. I recommend James and his tour company to anybody wanting a special day out in the Melbourne area and surrounds.
– Carol and pals, Western Australia
We had the most wonderful day on tour with you. Everyone is raving about how much fun was had. Already thinking about the next one. Thanks I Heart Melbourne Tours!
– Donita, Melbourne
Dear Lauren, it was a pleasure for us having you as our guide. We really enjoyed the tour, the tasting and your company. Thanks again for the lovely day, we wish you all the best.
– Yulia, Marina, Boris and Elena, Russia
Had a fabulous day at the Yarra Valley with James today. Excellent local knowledge. James made our day extremely pleasant would definitely book this great company again! Thank you.
– Lisa, Brisbane
Thank you James for a fabulous day today. You did a great job pleasing all our group of eight.
– Jane, Brisbane
First time touring with James and we took the wine tasting tour in Yarra Valley. James is very friendly and knowledgeable, introduced us to various wineries in the Yarra Valley. We really enjoyed the trip, highly recommended!!
– Yun Xin, Malaysia
We had a blast! Very friendly and flexible, James took us to off-the-beaten-tracks, exquisite places.
We started with a wine tasting plus fresh-out-of-the-oven and coffee combo which was absolutely delightful.
We enjoyed the stunning views of the Yarra valley, along with comments on persons and properties of interest in the area.
We also had a lot of fun with his special contest (ask him!) 😀 He was even kind enough to provide us with the greatest weather! Definitely the tour to book if you were in for a friendly and personalized experience. Last but not least, it is also very fairly priced.
– Melusine, France
Myself and 4 friends had a fun day with James exploring some of the highlights of the Yarra Valley. James had some suggestions on vineyards to visit and had made a booking for what turned out to be a delicious lunch at Soumah. He was also flexible with the itinerary and happy to work in a few venues we were keen to visit. He was punctual and his transport was clean and comfortable. I would recommend I Heart Melbourne Tours to those looking for a hassle free way to enjoy the sights of Melbourne and surrounds. I will definitely be looking them up next time I return to Melbourne.
– Sophie and pals, Sydney
A great day was had by all when we visited the Yarra Valley. James was an excellent host. We found his to be very knowledgeable and entertaining. We visited a number of wineries not necessarily mainstream which suited us perfectly. Would certainly engage James again on our next adventure.
– Rhonda, Western Australia
James was the best tour guide made us all feel relaxed and comfortable kept us on time for each stop without rushing us along. The locations selected were excellent. The absolute highlight of the day was Kellybrook where the staff were extremely knowledgeable and friendly we had a blast!
The little games James played with us also ensured a brilliant fun day out with the girls! Highly recommend if you want to see the yarra valley’s very best with a great host.
– Jessica, Melbourne
Did a full day Yarra Valley trip with James, who is an amazing guide and who can complain when the first wines were served at 10am! Some great estates and James really does have a lot of knowledge that he shares with you throughout the day! Second day did a half day City Tour which was also very interesting and finished off with a great lunch! James again thanks for making Melbourne even more interesting!
– Shane, South Africa
A group of girl friends and I took a day tour last weekend to the Yarra Valley with I heart Melbourne. We had an amazing day! It was a full day, visiting a number of small, boutique-type wineries that none of us had been to before. I was relieved not to go to the more mainstream wineries where the big tourist buses go and we had plenty of time chatting with the winemakers.
James was great and let us set the pace, so we had plenty of time to catch up and chat, as well as sample the wines. I would definitely use I heart Melbourne again and would recommend them. The day was great value, particularly for a private tour, and was great fun. We’re hoping to do it again next year!
– Amanda & pals, Melbourne
We had a wonderful family day in the Yarra Valley, thank you James! My Dad came from France where he lives (and work in wine business), this tour was a perfect birthday gift for him (and for my partner and I by the same occasion!). James arrived at our place perfectly on time and then the adventure started…
He drove us in the beautiful Yarra Valley, through the more stunning routes, and made us discover some gems wineries. The selection of places was perfect, from the small family winery to the biggest ones… James carried us from one place to another, following our own rhythm while sharing many stories about the region with us.
I strongly recommend ” I heart Melbourne “
– Eglantine & fam, France
We had a wonderful trip with James in the Yarra valley, Dandenong and puffing billy steam train. There was seven ladies for James to deal with and he did so brilliantly, all had a wonderful day out and the wineries he chose for us to visit and have lunch were all amazing.
– Karen & pals, Australia