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Melbourne and regional Victoria, a foodie’s paradise

Article by Homes to Love

Do you you know your quenelles from your purées? Does everyone comment on your top-notch restaurant recommendations? Do you consider yourself a whizz in the kitchen? Melbourne and regional Victoria have a vast amount of eateries, markets and trails to tempt your advanced palate…

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Take a foodie tour of Melbourne and regional Victoria

Like a fine wine,  De Bortoli in the Yarra Valley keeps getting better with age. De Bortoli makes fine wine under third generation De Bortoli Leanne and husband Steve Webber. Linger at the cellar door where tastings are matched to local cheese, and hang around for an Italian lunch or dinner at 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 the day spa, trek a 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 the vines. For a some retail therapy, don’t forget to visit the 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 you on a 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 while revealing the city’s surprising history. Uncover specialties sold by iconic market traders while you’re at it.

Everybody loves having that ‘wine’ friend who always knows what tipples to buy, taste or take home. That friend in the Yarra Valley – just an hour from Melbourne – is wine legend James Halliday, who has 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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