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You Bet Shiraz | Private Wine Tour in Heathcote

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Price PP$219
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Lunch / Tastings at 3 Wineries
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Famous for it’s ancient Cambrian soils (rich red volcanic and deep soil with excellent water retention) – which help to produce the world’s best Shiraz, Heathcote makes the perfect day trip or weekend away for those guests looking to explore beyond the Yarra Valley and Peninsula.

Heathcote wines are defined by their inky depth of colour and deep, dark complex fruit wines that are simply well balanced, smooth, and sought after to enjoy. As well as the shiraz, Heathcote also produces excellent examples of Sangiovese, Tempranillo, Petit Verdot, Cabernet Sauvignon and Merlot in the reds and in whites. The Voigner, Marsanne, Riesling, Chardonnays and Sauvignon blanc of this region are simply devine.

Experiencing these wonderful wineries is a day out you will not forget and a great chance to stock up your cellar with a few bottles of the wine you enjoy. So bring your friends and join us on an epic tour in Victoria’s up-and-coming winery region. This tour’s price person includes tastings at 3 wineries, a gourmet lunch, a fully licensed and CPVV accredited driver, private transport including a complimentary pick-up and drop-off service from a location of your choice within Melbourne CBD.

  • This tour requires a minimum of 6 guests however we are happy to cater to smaller groups as well. Please get in touch with us for a custom quotation for smaller groups. 
  • Kindly send us an email to bookings@amitours.com.au if you wish to make a tentative booking.
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Departure & Return Location:

A location of your choice within the limits of Metropolitan Melbourne. 

Meeting Time:

30 mins – 1 hour prior to arrival at winery region. 

Price Includes

  • Personal Driver
  • Pick-up & Drop-off Transfer
  • Private Transport to Wineries
  • Wine Tastings at 3 Wineries
  • Gourmet Lunch

Add-ons:

  • Chrysler Limo Transfer (11 Passengers)
  • Hummer Limo Transfer (16 Passengers)

Price Excludes:

  • Any Private Expenses (Additional Purchases, eg: Wine Bottles)

Complementaries:

  • Bottled Water
  • Esky with Ice
Itinerary

10.00 A.MPick-up

We’ll pick you up from a location of your choice within Metropolitan Melbourne Limits.

  • For groups of 6-11 people, we offer a private 12 Seater Mini Bus.
  • For groups with more than 11 people, we are able to offer a private 14 seat, 21 seat or 24 seat buses depending on the passenger requirement.
  • Alternative and luxury modes of transport such as private 12 Seater Chrysler or a 17 Seater Hummer Limousine can be included for an extra fee (available as add-ons during checkout).
Create your own private wine tour with Ami Tours
Create your own private wine tour with Ami Tours

11.00 A.MWine Tastings at Sanguine Estate Wines

With the combination of an incredible vineyard site producing outstanding fruit, Sanguine Estate produces exceptional wines, recognised through countless awards and trophies including the most coveted regional trophy the “Heathcote Grand Terroir”.

At their RED 5 star James Halliday rated winery and cellar door, you’ll be greeted by one of the Hunter family and can enjoy tastings of their highly awarded wines within the winery or on the terrace overlooking their beautiful property.

12:00 P.MWine Tastings at Jasper Hill Vineyard

Our 2nd stop is Jasper Hill, Australia’s most individual and compelling Shiraz wine makers. Beginning in 1975, they were pioneers in Victoria’s Heathcote region. 

The geology in their wines matters. The vineyards are planted on a strip of Cambrian soil that is found between two faults. The predominant soil type is a deep red/brown gravelly loam that allows low vigour vine growth without irrigation. Because the vineyards are at an altitude of some 300 m, this is a relatively cool climate area for Australia.

In the winery they take a minimal intervention approach. No synthetic chemicals, fertilisers or acidification is necessary: this is rare in Australia. The goal is to produce wines that reflect their terroirs.

01:00 P.MGourmet Lunch & Wine Tastings at Tellurian Wines

Tellurian’s organic winemaking is minimalistic and gentle. When you drink the wines, they want you to smell and taste the beauty of each variety as they grow in the individual vineyards; to recognise Heathcote in your glass.

Blessed with the 550 million-year-old Cambrian soils, Tellurian vineyards became home to the plantings of Shiraz, Grenache, Mourvèdre, Marsanne, Viognier, Fiano and Nero d’avola.

You can expect to be taken through an extensive list of wines at the cellar door either inside their intimate tasting room or outside on the deck if there weather is pleasant. From the deck you have sweeping views across the vineyard. The team can be as in depth (or not) about the region and their style of winemaking and love it when groups hurl questions at them as there isn’s much they can’t answer.

This winery will certainly impress even the most seasoned wine tourers and it is likely you won’t leave empty handed as it will be hard to find a nicer drop then here.

04:00 P.MWrap-up & Depart Heathcote

As the day comes to an end, it is time to wrap up and leave the Yarra Valley and head back home.

05:00 P.MDrop-Off

Our tour guide will return you to your desired drop off location(s) within Metropolitan Melbourne.

Map

Point “A” is an example of a pick-up from Melbournce CBD.

Disclaimer
  • Booking Policy – All wineries advertised on tour packages are based on availability. In the event of a winery(s) being fully booked, we will substitute it for another venue at no extra cost.
  • Deposit Policy – All deposits made to confirm a tour are non-refundable. Please ensure you are confident that you will go ahead with the tour when placing a deposit for a tour.
  • Cancellation Policy – Cancellations requests are handled on a case-by-case basis. If you wish to cancel your booking, please get in touch with our team via bookings@amitours.com.au. To learn more about our refund/cancellation policy, please click here for our Terms & Conditions. 
  • Overtime Policy – Our full-day tour duration is 8 hours from pickup time, with an additional 30 minutes grace period allowed in some cases. Overtime charges start to apply once tour duration is exceeded, our tours are created to be an unrushed experience, we kindly request our guests to abide by the flexibility we allow in our tours. Additional hours of driving will result in fatigue for the driver and compromises the safety of passengers on board. We appreciate your understanding and all efforts taken to respect the tour’s duration.
  • Sustainability Policy – Our tour buses are occupied back to back on tours, we kindly request all our clients to make sure personal belongings and rubbish are removed from the bus at the end of the tour. Spills and rubbish leftovers may attract cleaning charges.
FAQ

Can I customise the tour itinerary?

Absolutely! Can’t find what you are looking for, or have a specific winery that you would like to visit? Then we can customise a tour to suit your needs. E-mail us at bookings@amitours.com and let us know how we can help you.

Is this a private tour? Do I get a private driver & a private vehicle for my group?

Yes, this is a private tour. Our private tours are inclusive of a private vehicle & a private tour guide fully accredited to carry paying passengers.  

What happens in the case of COVID-19 restrictions?

We will provide a full refund if you are unable to travel due to government-mandated restrictions or if we are unable to provide the described service due to any other public health restrictions.

What is your refund & cancellation policy?

  • All cancellation requests must be sent through in writing (email or text) for us to process a refund.
  • All deposits made to confirm a tour are non-refundable. Please ensure you are confident that you will go ahead with the tour when placing a deposit for a tour.
  • Cancellations made before 12 hours after payment are subject to a 5% fee of the total booking fee. 
  • A 50% refund is issued to any bookings which are cancelled after 12 hours of payment but 7 days prior to the booking date. 
  • No refund is issued for any bookings cancelled within 7 days of the confirmed booking date. Please note that our tours are very high in demand and limited spots are available for our bookings. Cancellations result in administration costs on our end as the tour agency as well as the wineries that make reservations.
  • Refunds can take 3-5 business depending on your bank account. Cancellations made within 1 week or less prior to the tour date will not be refunded.
  • Dates can’t be swapped. A $100 rebooking fee will be applied for any private tours that need to change dates.
  • Reduced numbers in group bookings will not be refunded.
  • Passengers are recommended to be at the pickup point of choice at the time agreed between the guests and Ami Tours. Late arrivals by passengers can result in delays in attending to the booking and the risk of bookings being cancelled by the wineries for no-shows. No refunds apply for any delays caused by the lateness of guests. The wineries also reserve the right to refuse us if we are late, as they will need to attend to other on-time bookings. No shows will not be refunded.

How do I purchase an add-on?

Step 1: Please select your preferred booking date & number of people, and click “Book now”.

Step 2: Continue with the checkout process by filling in your contact information & billing address. Click “Next Step” when you’ve completed filling in the required information.

Step 3: Select an add-on of your choice. The final amount will be added to the total balance of your tour cost. 

Step 4: Proceed to the payment gateway and finalise payment. 

Do I need to register an account on the website to book a tour?

No, registration is not required; all tours can be booked through the website without creating an account.

What if I don’t want to book through the website? Is there another way to make a booking?

Please send us an email with your request for a booking to bookings@amitours.com.au

Our booking team will advise you on other methods of payment. 

 

Is payment required upfront to book a tour?

All tours must be booked with a minimum deposit of 10% to be confirmed and locked in. 

Our tours operate on a first come first serve basis, limited spots are available, and we cannot accommodate everyone who registers interest and makes a tentative booking for a tour date without any payment.

Feel free to get in touch with us via bookings@amitours.com.au for any questions about bookings.

Is lunch included in the tour package?

Yes, Lunch is included in this tour package.

What is the standard duration of a tour?

A full-day wine tour booking includes 8 hours; this includes the time from the first pickup to the final drop-off. However, there are exceptions to this in case of extreme weather conditions, traffic incidents, etc.

Example of a standard tour: Tour begins at 10 am from pick up point in Melbourne CBD, driver & passengers arrive at Heathcote at 11 am, return to Melbourne CBD to finish the tour at 6.00pm.

If multiple pickup pickups/drop-offs are required, then it is recommended to plan your day ahead to avoid exceeding the 8-hour tour duration.

Will I be charged extra for exceeding the 8-hour limit of tour?

Not strictly, we may allow up to an extra 30 minutes as no one is perfect, and going overtime can happen. However, if an 8-hour tour ends up being a 9- or 10-hour tour then you will be charged overtime.

It is important to note that the driver is booked for 8 hours and longer hours of driving result in fatigue which is not ideal for the safety of the driver and passengers on board. 

Reviews (54)
  • Customer Review - Amy A.
    AMY A.We’re so thankful we hired Ami Tours during our recent trip to Heathcote. AJ (Our Driver) was extremely knowledgeable and friendly and thanks to some of his recommendations we found a few of our favorite wineries from our whole trip! We highly recommend Ami Tours and will certainly use them again if we’re back in the area!
  • Customer Review - Kim T.
    KIM T.We absolutely loved our tour! AJ took us to 3 wineries I'm certain we would have not found on our own and we were treated with VIP status at each one. If it's any indication, we ended up buying at least one bottle at each winery we enjoyed them all so much. WHEN we return to Heathcote we will look up Ami Tours again! Thank you for a great time and many memories!!!
  • Customer Review - Karenk
    KAREN S.The ONLY way to tour Heathcote! We were lucky enough to have AJ as our driver & tour guid, not only was it stress free, you are picked up and dropped off at your hotel, but fun and informative! He took us to some of the most interesting and beautiful wineries in Heathcote. 1/2 way through our tour we had an incredible picnic at one of wineries. Can't wait to go back and see which wineries Ami Tours has in mind for us next time!