Australian City Breaks for Foodies…Discover The Best Food and Wine Tours of Melbourne
If food and wine is your thing, a trip to Melbourne, Australia should definitely be on your bucket list. This city just loves the good life and eating and drinking are high on the agenda here. You’ll be impressed by the culinary delights on just about every corner – from coffee to cutting edge cuisine; Melbourne will certainly tickle your taste buds.
Melbourne’s melting pot of cultures brings some fine nosh to the table and you’ll be spoilt for choice in it’s myriad of restaurants and bars all over the city. There are eateries for every palate and you can dine on everything from exotic, international dishes to homespun flavours – all washed down with a dizzying choice of great wines. Arguably, Australia has been producing some of the best wines on the planet and Melbourne is ideally placed to further your education in our favourite tipple as it’s surrounded by wine regions and tours are readily available to these impressive vineyards.
We simply pluck our bottle of choice from the supermarket shelf and savour the contents over a nice meal and that’s usually the extent of our involvement but have you ever wondered where it was made? Or how it was made?
Food and wine is big business the world over and Australia is no exception. It will come as no surprise that foodies and wine lovers are taking holidays with these two passions in mind. For holidaymakers with a genuine interest, it’s a great way of working in some culture and education into their holiday.
As it’s summertime in Australia, we thought we’d introduce you to some of the best food and wine tours available if you are heading ‘down under’ soon. Some of these great tours offer the ultimate food and wine experiences, all within easy reach of city life if you want to combine the bright lights with tranquil day trips to the winemaking regions.
Coincidentally, Melbourne’s Food & Wine Festival takes place this March and visitors and locals alike can eat and drink their way through delicious produce as well as enjoying master classes and a full programme of events. The festival celebrates the best of Australia’s cuisine and wines but also features products from around the world too so it really is a one-stop shop.
If you’re in Melbourne in March, this is a must! Don’t miss it.
If you want to delve a little deeper, why not book a small group wine tour and benefit from expert local guides. On these tours you will really get the low-down on the foodie scene by meeting top chefs and experienced sommeliers.
One great day out which leaves from Melbourne is the Gourmet Food and Wine Tour of Yarra Valley where you can discover the joys of this famous wine making region. You can also sample local cheeses, chocolate, ice cream and there’s even gin!
You’ll come back to base with a deeper understanding of the wines you enjoy and you can even impress your travelling companions when you peruse the wine list in your next restaurant!
Melbourne may offer a great experience for food and wine lovers but the city itself is an attraction in its own right and exploring is an absolute must. Filled with exciting attractions, quirky bars, shops, art galleries and theatres, it certainly earns its reputation as Australia’s culture capital.
Don’t miss the Eureka Skydeck for incredible views of the city and beyond in the Southern Hemisphere’s highest viewing platform. For a real taste of Melbourne’s culture and vibe, head for Queen Victoria Market. This place is packed with endless stalls of foodie delights and local produce as well as other nick nacks such as home wares, jewellery and souvenirs.
There’s really never been a better time to take a trip down under, as there are some great Australian package deals around and a top selection of flights and hotels. Have a look at some of the deals and try and make 2017 the year you see the world.
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