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Novak Djokovic’s Wine, All You Need to Know

Novak Djokovic’s Wine, All You Need to Know

Novak Djokovic is one of the most successful tennis players globally, and like most prosperous people, he has found his way to the world of wine. And just like Federer before him, who formed a bond with the Prestigious Moët … Read More

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The Zenology SOMM Wine Glass, Is it Worth It?

The Zenology SOMM Wine Glass, Is it Worth It?

The tulip shaped, handcrafted Zenology SOMM stemware has everyone excited. It is without a doubt a unique wine glass; I mean, it’s a looker! But is it worth it? And is it for you? Here’s all you need to know … Read More

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Seven Practical Fun Tips to Grow Your Wine Palate

Seven Practical Fun Tips to Grow Your Wine Palate

Wine tasting is fun, you need not be a professional sommelier to taste wine at a high level; you only need to pay attention to every glass of wine you experience and most of all have some fun! Here are … Read More

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Wine with Breakfast, Can It Be Done

Wine with Breakfast, Can It Be Done?

Call it breakfast, call it brunch, everyone loves the relaxing experience of overlooking the vines and tasting a gorgeous sparkling or pinot noir while enjoying a beautiful gourmet breakfast of local Yarra Valley produce while gazing out over the vineyard … Read More

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Pentridge Cellars, Melbourne, a Fortified Wine Treasure

Pentridge Cellars, Melbourne, a Fortified Wine Treasure

Have you ever wanted to own a piece of history? Well, at Pentridge Cellars, you can. How? Owning a state-of-the-art cellar and stocking it with the most glorious wines from the Yarra Valley and beyond. More than an investment, this … Read More

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Jay-Z Impact on Champagne

Jay-Z’s Impact on Champagne

We often see celebrities and wine on the news. Countless movie stars and musicians eventually find their way to the wine industry, and it’s easy to see why. Making wine is an expensive endeavor, and famous people often have some … Read More

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Smell the Cork When Opening Wine?

Should You Smell the Cork When Opening Wine?

Should you smell the cork when opening wine? This is a common question during our wine tours to the Yarra Valley, and it’s understandable. After all, we’ve all seen someone sniffing a cork after opening a bottle — even professional … Read More

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Decent Wine

When to Decant Wine?

You’ve seen them around, those lovely crystal vessels designed exclusively to make fine wine show its best. That’s what decanters too, and they’re the real deal. The question is, when should you decant wine? Well, the answer is more interesting … Read More

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Why Decant Wine? When to Do it and Why?

You’ve seen those fancy crystal decanters in restaurants and wine bars. Perhaps you own one yourself. Decanters, just like wine glasses, corkscrews, bottle stoppers and other wine accessories, are what make drinking wine so much fun. Now, if you want … Read More

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Kylie Minogue has an Australian Wine, And It’s Good

If you can’t get Kylie Minogue out of your head, there’s good news. The famous Australian singer, Grammy award winner and fashion icon launched her wine brand in 2020, and finally her wine is ready to be enjoyed! Kylie is … Read More

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To Chill or Not to Chill - Which Wines are to be Served Cold

To Chill or Not to Chill? Which Wines are to be Served Cold?

Wine is a delicate drink. It can be gratifying, but you must serve it at the right temperature to get the most out of it. So, which wines are supposed to be served chilled? What’s the right temperature to serve … Read More

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Olives Are Ready to Pick! - Here’s How to Brine & Preserve Them

Olives Are Ready to Pick! – Here’s How to Brine & Preserve Them

You might not know this, but its harvest season for olives right now! These are exciting times, people. Olives are one of those pleasures that just make life a little better when tasting wine, don’t you agree? Olives, although a … Read More

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What is Texture in Wine?

If you have wine drinking friends or are part of wine tastings often, you’ve heard the word texture more than once. Is texture in wine really a thing? And why does it matter? Here’s all you need to know about … Read More

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Pairing Wine with Spicy Foods

Pairing Wine with Spicy Foods

Spicy food is not for everyone, but with a little experience and an open mind you can really find the perfect Yarra Valley wine to love and enjoy with spicy foods and of course there a tons of health benefits … Read More

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Five Reason the Yarra Valley is the Perfect Romantic Getaway Destination

Five Reason the Yarra Valley is the Perfect Romantic Getaway Destination

There’s nothing like a romantic getaway to get that fire going again and to take any relationship to the next level. To escape, if only for the weekend, from your everyday life with that special someone. For romantic getaways, Yarra … Read More

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Winter Wines - What Should I Be Stocking Up On

Winter Wines – What Should I Be Stocking Up On?

Winter is around the corner and that means spending more time indoors. That’s not entirely bad. Sure, we all love outdoor BBQ’s, but indoor dinner parties can be just as fun! Once you get bitten by the wine bug, you’ll … Read More

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At What Temperature Should I Drink Wine?

Have you ever heard about wine and drinking temperatures? Everyone seems to have an opinion on the hot topic. Yes, wine is a delicate drink and shows itself better when served at the right temperature, so what’s the right temperature … Read More

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Uncovering another famous sports identity who loves wine

Australian F1 Superstar Daniel Ricciardo and its DR3 Wine Australia’s better known F1 pilot, Daniel Ricciardo, has wine running through his veins. The pilot recently stated his father was a home winemaker, and he has always been involved in the … Read More

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The Grapes Used in Champagne, Explained.

Champagne is the king of the wine world. It’s also the finest sparkling wine on the planet. Sure, you’ll find winemakers producing fabulous sparkling wine in all corners of the earth, and although lovely, only the finest compare to the … Read More

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LeBron James’ Love Affair with Wine

Uncovering another famous sports identity who loves wine LeBron James’ Love Affair with Wine There’s no doubt LeBron James is one of the greatest basketball players of all time, but he is a passionate wine lover as well. Interesting enough … Read More

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Wine Tasting Terms. What Do They Really Mean?

Wine has its own language. Yes, there’s a secret set of words that wine lovers, producers, wine retailers and sommeliers use, and only they know what they mean. Well, today, we’re exploring the complexities but also the beauty of using … Read More

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Wines to Drink with Blood Oranges

There are many reasons you want to pair blood oranges with wine. For starters, everything tastes better with wine! On the other hand, citrus fruits are not only tasty but healthy and incredibly versatile, so you can add them to … Read More

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At What Temperature Should I Drink Wine?

Have you ever heard about wine and drinking temperatures? Everyone seems to have an opinion on the hot topic. Yes, wine is a delicate drink and shows itself better when served at the right temperature, so what’s the right temperature … Read More

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Birthday winery tours Melbourne

Book Our Chauffer Services for Yarra Valley Birthday Winery Tours From Melbourne

We here at Chauffeur Drive offer to drive you around to holiday spots in and around Melbourne city. There is plenty to see in the state of Victoria and if you are driven around to these spots in a royal … Read More

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Try out Chauffeur Drive-A Surprise gift for husband on first wedding anniversary

Anniversaries are a once-a-year occurrence that should always be commemorated! Get your loved ones as excited as you are about this day. A surprise gift for husband on first wedding anniversary to Restaurants, pubs, wineries and other fun venues will help … Read More

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Vintage

What Does A Vintage Mean and Why Does It Matter?

Wine is a curious drink. Unlike most other beverages on the planet, it evolves. Wine ages just like us, meaning it might become better over time but will eventually die down. That’s the circle of life. When we talk about … Read More

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The Magnum Bottle and Other Oversized Wine Bottles

Wine bottles are 750ml; that’s the norm. Why? Because for many centuries, that was the exact amount for an English gallon. Of course, some people say bottles are that size because they contain the precise amount of wine one can … Read More

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What Type of Wine Drinker Are You

What Type of Wine Drinker Are You?

Wine is diverse, but much more are the people that enjoy it. We’re talking about clashing personalities that make the wine-loving community a wild place. If you want to meet other wine lovers like you, join us on our Melbourne … Read More

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Best Wines to Drink from Yarra Valley in Autumn 2

Best Wines to Drink from Yarra Valley in Autumn?

Autumn is now, and that means the first chilly winds of the year. It’s time to dust off those sweaters and say goodbye to summer BBQ’s. With the falling of the leaves come other enjoyable experiences. It’s time to put … Read More

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How to Pair Aussie Lobster with Wine?

Seafood is incredible in Australia. Salmon, trout and prawns it’s all delicious and always fresh. Rock lobster, though, that’s a thing of beauty. Sourced from the country’s west coast, the spiny lobster makes up to 20% of Australia’s seafood market, … Read More

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Explore the gorgeousness of the cruise ships Melbourne on trip

From the trams that are running through the center of the Botanical garden in Melbourne on Yarra River, on a cruise ships Melbourne ride makes it a completely memorable trip. The happening city of Melbourne in Australia tops the list … Read More

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Yarra Valley wine tours

An extravaganza of the Yarra Valley wine tours that you can’t miss!

If you are planning to have a wonderful memories at Yarra Valley wine tours no matter what time of year you visit, it will be a mind-blowing trip. While the valley’s cool-climate helps wineries make their wines so unique, visitors … Read More

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Which experiences are best for private tours in Melbourne?

Trying to figure out where to go in Melbourne Private tours or how to locate regional Victoria’s secret gems? We offer a variety of carefully designed itineraries as well as the option for guests to completely customize their experience to … Read More

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Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours

Explore the Latest Upcoming trip to Yarra Valley Wine Tasting Tours

On this Yarra Valley wine tasting tours from Melbourne, discover the delights of Victoria’s wine country. You’ll visit four famous wineries with an insightful wine guide; Balgownie Estate Steels Gate Winery Domaine Chandon Yering Farm While learning about Australian winemaking … Read More

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Anniversary gifts for couples Melbourne

Choose the Chauffeur Drive for Celebrating Anniversary gifts for couples Melbourne

Anniversaries are best celebrated with the new trip adventures to a new land. Opting for the chauffeur drive is extremely useful to explore the best place at your comfort. There are so many decisions that your need to plan out … Read More

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Why Is Blind Wine Tasting A Thing?

We’ve all seen wine connoisseurs and wine drinkers sticking their noses into their wine glasses for hours, as we wonder, does the intensity of the bouquet add to the entire experience of drinking it, let’s find out. The truth is, … Read More

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What Type of Glass Goes with Each Wine Style?

There are an infinite number of wine styles, white or red, light-footed or bold, acidic and refreshing or decadently sweet. It comes as no surprise that there are wine glasses for each style. After all, you wouldn’t eat steak with … Read More

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What Makes Wine Romantic?

Wine is more than booze; it’s the most romantic drink on the planet. It’s classy, high-browed and the quintessential beverage for date night, anniversary dinners and romantic getaways, the perfect gift. Love is in the air in the Yarra Valley … Read More

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Uncover the Secrets of Sommeliers

Tasting and talking about wine every day, isn’t that a dream job? Well, that’s what Sommeliers around Australia do, but their job is more complex and exciting than you think. Some of the most knowledgeable Sommeliers in the country work … Read More

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Tired of Being Locked Down Already? Let’s Head on Out

At Chauffeur Drive, Melbourne, Yarra Valley we’re more than excited to take you on a Private Winery Tour to the Yarra Valley. We are one of the most requested Melbourne tours, and now we’re ready to take you to the … Read More

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The Science of Wine Making

It is widely known that the term “winemaking” represents the number of operations necessary to transform the grapes of certain vines into wine. But, since the first step of this process, not everyone is able to explain why wine is … Read More

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Pairing Wine With Sushi And Sashimi

Sushi is one of the most popular foods on the planet, it’s just sophisticated, fresh and always beautiful, what’s not to love? And let’s not get started with sashimi, precise slices of fresh fish that are the very essence of … Read More

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Must-try Wine & Food Pairings for Chinese New Year

People in China and all around Asia celebrate the New Year in February, precisely during the first New Moon. These are seven days of excitement, great food, fun get-togethers with friends and family and good wishes for all. Whether you’re … Read More

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How to Read Wine Labels A Beginner’s Guide

How to Read Wine Labels: A Beginner’s Guide

With over seventy countries producing wine worldwide, in at least a half dozen different languages, it’s easy to see why reading a wine label can be challenging. Over 2,000 different wine grapes are used to make everything from bold red … Read More

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How to Master Wine Tasting

Tasting wine is more than a party trick. The better you taste, the more pleasure you get from every glass. We see it every day with our guests who love their Private Yarra Valley Tours and experiences with Chauffeur Drive, … Read More

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Gifting Wine Choosing the Right Wine for Someone Else

Wine is a wonderful gift and gifting wine is a lovely way of showing your loved ones how much you care. After all, the Christmas season, but also weddings, birthdays and professional achievements are all great opportunities to gift a … Read More

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2010 Yering Station Yarra Valley Shiraz Viognier

Continuing our series of ‘wines to try’ and adding value to our popular Yarra Valley Private Winery Tours, with Chauffeur Drive Melbourne, Yarra Valley, we’d love to tell you all about a fantastic wine. If you think you know Shiraz, … Read More

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2010 Yering Station Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon

As part of our efforts to share our passion for wine, we want to do more than offering cruise ship excursions and Yarra Valley Private Winery tours, our main excursion Melbourne-based. We want to share with you our most recent … Read More

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How to Open Champagne Like a Sommelier

Everyone can open a bottle of wine with the right tools, but not everyone dares to approach a bottle of bubbles with confidence. After all, there’s three times the pressure inside a car tire in a bottle of sparkling wine. … Read More

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What is Bottle Shock? Wine Bottles Have Feelings Too

If you’ve been around wine enthusiasts for a while, you might have heard about bottle shock. Perhaps you’ve seen the 2008 Bottle Shock movie, about Californian wine defeating the French in a historical wine tasting, so you might know something … Read More

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The Rise of The IPA Beer

If you’ve never tried an IPA beer, get ready to be swooned! The style is popular right now and for solid reasons. It’s intense, potent and flavourful; everything commercial lagers aren’t.   Although we are a Melbourne private tour company … Read More

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Australia, And Its Bubbly Red Wine

Although wine grapes arrived in Australia with the first settlers, and have European roots, it’s hard to argue that the country has created its own wine styles. Australia makes a mean Pinot Noir, Hearty Shiraz, Elegant Chardonnay and everything in … Read More

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Biodynamic & Organic Wines, What Are They?

Hello everyone! Today we’re talking about an interesting trend in the wine business, biodynamic and organic wines. We’re sure you’ve heard the terms before, but what are they? The answer is a bit trickier than you might think. Many people … Read More

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Where Did Meteus Rosé Go?

Mateus Rosé was the single most popular wine a few decades ago. It was the trendiest pink wine worldwide, but then, just like that, it disappeared as fast as it hit the mainstream. Whether you love it or hate it, … Read More

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Gift a Chauffeur Drive Service for Luxury Tours Yarra Valley

Thinking about travelling to the Yarra Valley as a couple, group with friends and family?  Take advantage of our Exclusive Private Luxury Experiences tasting fine wine, food, gin, beer, cider, chocolate, champagne and cheese with your choice of our Overnight … Read More

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Easy Places To Cellar In Your Home Without Breaking The Bank

One of the most enjoyable things about being a wine enthusiast is building a collection. Buying wine for future enjoyment is tons of fun, and you don’t even need a massive wine library of thousands of bottles to be part … Read More

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3 Things You Didn’t Know About the Yarra Valley

The Yarra Valley has a reputation for being one of the most prestigious wine regions in the world. It’s up there with Burgundy and the Napa Valley. As winemakers say, you can only make fine wine in beautiful places, and … Read More

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Wine Trends From the ‘80s to the ’20s

Like fashion, wine moves in trends. Wine styles come and go, one day they’re hot and the other they’re not. As a Melbourne private tour company offering private winery tours to Yarra Valley since the 90s, we’ve experienced the country’s wine … Read More

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5 Reasons - Why ‘Gin is so on trend right now

5 Reasons – Why ‘Gin is so on trend right now

Gin is in right now, and you know what’s also in? Getting to know all about it. Gin, as we know it, has been around since the late 1600s, but today, it might be more popular than ever. As a … Read More

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The Best Tonics in Australia and the drinks that go with them

Everyone loves a good G&T. The Gin and Tonic is refreshing, thirst-quenching, and it’s always in fashion, but not all gin and tonics are created equal. The apparently straightforward 2-ingredient recipe has thousands of combinations. Just look at the number … Read More

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Rosé Is Here to Stay

Everyone talks about white and red wine. Chardonnay this, and Pinot Noir that, but what about Rosé? The pink wine is as noble and tasty as its more famous siblings, and it’s time it gets the recognition it deserves. Rosé … Read More

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All You Wanted to Know About Australian Whisky

All You Wanted to Know About Australian Whisky

Australia does it all, especially when it comes to booze. World-class wine, fantastic craft beer and all kinds of spirits. Talented and passionate people are behind extraordinary Made-in-Australia drinks. Whisky is very well represented too. So much, today the country … Read More

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5 best Wine Geek Accessories You Must Have

Everyone who’s ever been bitten by the wine bug knows wine is always much more than wine. It’s the stemware, the accessories, and all those things that make wine fun, more enjoyable – the wine universe altogether. Because enjoying wine … Read More

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What’s the Deal with Wine Scores? Do They Really Matter ?

Wine is an exciting product. A bottle of wine can be a collectible item, an investment asset, and for many, it can express creativity — making it a piece of art. It’s only natural that complex scoring systems are in … Read More

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How Is Cider Made ?

Did you know on the 14th of March is Australian Cider Day? and that’s a big deal, all across Australia we will celebrate ‘Australian Cider Day’ with 100% of Australian grown fruit! Australia is a wine powerhouse, with a thriving … Read More

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5 Reasons Why We Love Chocolate

Chocolate is up there with our favourite treats on earth. How is it that a small, tropical seed can become such a decadent treat? Chocolate is all about pleasure, and in the right hands, it’s pure magic. At Chauffeur Drive … Read More

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IPA Beer

The Rise of The IPA If you’ve never tried an IPA beer, get ready to be swooned! The style is popular right now and for solid reasons. It’s intense, potent and flavourful; everything commercial lagers aren’t. Although we are a … Read More

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Biodynamic & Organic Wines, What Are They ?

Hello everyone! Today we’re talking about an interesting trend in the wine business, biodynamic and organic wines. We’re sure you’ve heard the terms before, but what are they? The answer is a bit trickier than you might think. Many people … Read More

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Australia, And Its Bubbly Red Wine

Although wine grapes arrived in Australia with the first settlers, and have European roots, it’s hard to argue that the country has created its own wine styles. Australia makes a mean Pinot Noir, Hearty Shiraz, Elegant Chardonnay and everything in … Read More

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5 Things That Make You a Foodie

Food·ie, /ˈfo͞odē/ a person with a particular interest in food; a gourmet. What makes ‘foodies’ different from the rest of us? I mean, food is important for all of us, we all eat several times a day, but for foodies, … Read More

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How Long Does Sparkling Wine & Champagne Last After Opening? 

During many private winery tours in Yarra Valley, we’ve had the chance to hear some of the best winemakers answer many questions. Amongst them, one was interesting enough to share with you today. How Long Does Sparkling Wine Last After … Read More

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Ten Things You Didn’t Know About Wine Corks & Screw Tops

There wouldn’t be any wine if it weren’t for wine corks and screw tops. Although discarded soon after popping open a bottle of wine, wine stoppers matter in more ways you can imagine. Here are ten things you didn’t know … Read More

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Yarra Valley Wine versus French Wine, Who Wins?

The Yarra Valley is one of the most respected wine regions in Australia; you’ll find it in Victoria, just 25 km north of Melbourne. Wine here is world class, as grape growers and winemakers are some of the most passionate … Read More

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How to Make Mulled Wine at Home ?

With winter’s cold winds come the memories of get-togethers by the fire, family, baked treats, and of course, mulled wine. The flavours and aromas of cinnamon, cloves, allspice and nutmeg but also peppercorns and cardamom, raisins, apples and citrus rind … Read More

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How do they make Fortified Wine?

Winemakers create extraordinary fortified wines around the world. Port, Madeira, Sherry and Marsala are undoubtedly the most famous, but Australia makes some excellent fortified wines, too, our beloved stickies! Fortified wines are part of Australian wine history, which makes them … Read More

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The 6 Best Things to have on a Charcuterie Board

There’s nothing more comforting than a conversation over a bottle of Yarra Valleys wine and a charcuterie board. Picture arriving at your boutique Yarra Valley Overnight Stay with that special someone, to find a gorgeous display of savoury goodies in … Read More

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Where to Stay in the Yarra Valley, The Best Overnight Retreat for Wine Lovers

We all need a break from time to time. Perhaps you’ve been working too hard, maybe there’s a special someone’s birthday coming up, or you need to replenish yourself with some fresh air. For all these, the answer is a … Read More

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France vs Yarra

France vs Yarra Yarra Valley Wine versus French Wine, Who Wins? The Yarra Valley is one of the most respected wine regions in Australia; you’ll find it in Victoria, just 25 km north of Melbourne. Wine here is world class, … Read More

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Wine & Music Pairing

Pair Your Favorite Wines With Music, Because Why Not?   Wine and music have more in common than you think; we see it every day as we take wine lovers on our Melbourne private tour, mostly in the private winery … Read More

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Coffee vs Wine

Why are Coffee and Wine so similar for your next Yarra Valley Day Trip Idea? Coffee and wine have become vital elements of our society, and there are wonderful reasons for that. What differentiates these AM and PM drinks you may … Read More

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Best Homemade Beer Snacks, more than just nuts from Yarra Valley Private Winery tours

Staying at home is not that bad, especially if you have a few cold ones in hand. Visiting to Yarra Valley Private Winery tours is fantastic. Where there’s beer, there should always be a proper snack, and homemade beer snacks … Read More

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Coffee and wine

Why are Coffee and Wine so similar for your next Private Winery tours Yarra Valley Idea?

Coffee and wine at Private Winery tours Yarra Valley have become vital elements of our society, and there are wonderful reasons for that. What differentiates these AM and PM drinks you may find is very interesting? Today we’ll explore the similarities … Read More

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5 Best Gin Cocktails

5 Best Gin Cocktails At Chauffeur Drive, Melbourne Private Tours we love taking you to private winery tours to the Yarra Valley. We also recognise there are more ways of having a great time in the Yarra Valley and today … Read More

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Buttery Truffled Popcorn

Buttery Truffled Popcorn This one is for when you’re in a rush and need a quick beer snack for (very welcomed) unexpected guests. Popcorn is an excellent beer snack, and it doesn’t have to be dull or boring. Add melted … Read More

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Chauffeur Drive, “Back to “Business as Usual”

Melbourne finally breathes again as the COVID-19 restrictions are being lifted as of June 1st. We’re far from defeating the global pandemic, but with the cooperation of all the community, we see the light at the end of the tunnel. … Read More

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Where to Stay in the Yarra Valley, The Best Overnight Retreat for Wine Lovers

We all need a break from time to time. Perhaps you’ve been working too hard, maybe there’s a special someone’s birthday coming up, or you need to replenish yourself with some fresh air. For all these, the answer is a … Read More

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