Food and wine weekends

Get ‘behind the scenes’ at Victoria’s finest culinary destinations with Pauline Leonard – let her take you on a weekend gourmet tour of the Yarra Valley or Mornington Peninsula. Staying in luxury accommodation for two nights, you’ll discover the the best kept secrets of these gourmet regions, renowned for their sensational wine, cheese and local produce.

Meet the makers

Over the weekend, you’ll be welcomed into the kitchens and stores of a selection of boutique local artisan producers, where you get to taste their hand-made cheeses, jams, chocolates and wines. Hear their stories first hand and learn about their methods and passion for their craft. Enjoy the privilege of being invited into their world, to see the workings of their kitchens and taste their produce before it hits the shelves of your local deli.

Enjoy the wines

The Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula are two of Victoria’s significant cooler climate wine growing regions.  As part of your gourmet tour, you’ll be treated to sommeliers and winemakers uncorking gems in their barrel rooms for your tutored tastings. You’ll have one-on-one time with names from the wine industry you’ve only read about in magazines!  And with a designated driver and Pauline as your hostess all weekend, you can totally relax and enjoy sampling these great wines being offered to you, without worrying about driving or where you’re off to next. That’s what being on a gourmet tour of Victoria’s wine regions is all about – everything is taken care of.

Hands-on cooking classes

As one who loves food, you’ll be in foodie heaven, tasting your way around these gourmet food and wine regions of Victoria. You’ll even spend an afternoon cooking up a storm at a hands-on cooking class with your host Pauline Leonard and a local award-winning chef. Learn tips and tricks from these professional chefs and have your culinary questions answered as you prepare a delicious menu to enjoy that evening at dinner.

Get to know the region

Long lunches and convivial dinners are the order of the day, with plenty of time to relax, explore and shop – experience all the fun of a gourmet tour, with none of the responsibility.

Booking enquiries: please contact: 03 5968 3963 or

The weekend includes:

  • 2 nights accommodation in a 4 star accommodation

  • Four specialised and private wine tastings

  • Cooking Class

  • Lunch at a winery

  • Food and produce tastings/workshops

  • Breakfast and brunch

  • Transport to all locations for tastings and dinners

  • Dinner on Friday and Saturday nights

  • Small group of 8 people

So relax, sip, sample and indulge your way around these beautiful regions.

Sample Itinerary

Here’s an example itinerary to whet your appetite…

Download sample Yarra Vally Gourmet Tour itinerary
Download sample Mornington Peninsula Gourmet Tour itinerary

Yarra Valley gourmet weekends schedule

1 – 3 March 2013 POA Yes
31 May – 2 June POA Yes