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The Capital of Food

So you know your quenelles from your purees. Everyone comments on the places you eat at and you consider yourself a whizz in the kitchen. Melbourne and regional Victoria have a vast amount of eateries, markets and trails to tempt any palate.

Like a fine wine, De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley keeps getting better with age. Hang on, De Bortoli makes those fine wines, under third generation De Bortoli Leanne and husband Steve Webber. Linger at the cellar door where tastings are matched to local cheese, and stay around for an Italian lunch or dinner in Locale restaurant.

Visit Balgownie Estate in the Yarra Valley. From casual coffees, to hearty breakfasts, chic lunches or intimate dinners, Rae's Restaurant will see you eat and drink in style. The views are breathtaking and the facilities invite you to extend your day. Enjoy a massage at our day spa, trek our walking tracks or simply indulge with a glass of bubbles by the fire. The warmer months make it impossible to resist the outdoor dining area overlooking our vines. For a some retail therapy, don’t forget to visit our Cellar Door.

When it comes to dining in Melbourne, the Hidden Secrets Progressive Degustation Walk is a tour of the city’s best kept secrets On the tour, you’ll visit three unique venues, with exclusive wine tastings and tantalising savoury tastes from their menus.

Do the smart thing and let the Australian Wine Tour Company take the drive to the Yarra Valley, otherwise known as Melbourne’s food and wine paradise. Book a private tour or join a small group and follow a wine wizard guide on an adventure to some of Victoria’s best wineries, local produce provedores and award-winning restaurants.

The Queen Victoria Market Hunt and Gather Food Tour is an irresistible option for discovering the city’s food culture. Let a food-loving guide lead you to the best stalls, tell you about the surprising history, and uncover specialties sold by iconic market traders.

Everybody loves having that ‘wine’ friend who always knows what to buy, taste or take home. That friend in the Yarra Valley – just an hour from Melbourne - is wine legend James Halliday, who’s put together this locals tour to reveal some lesser-known wine gems. Take the James Halliday Trail tour and you can be that friend to your mates.

Set out on the trail to end all trails and join the producers, tipplers and connoisseurs having a terrific time in the Yarra Valley on the Cider and Ale Trail. Hops has been grown in the region since the 1800s, and they’ve been making cider for generations, too. Venture down back roads to meet the makers and sample their show-stopping small batch brews.

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