Insider's Yarra Valley: Wine, Art & History - A Weekend Escape

Escape to Victoria’s Yarra Valley for a weekend of epicurean delights and captivating cultural discovery.

Journey Overview

Escape to Victoria’s Yarra Valley for a weekend of epicurean delights and captivating cultural discovery. Meet the esteemed Dr Lois Peeler, and be immersed in indigenous history and tradition when you are privileged guests for the day at Worawa College, an inspiring Aboriginal girl’s boarding school. A traditional Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony set the scene for the newly conceived Dreamtime trail and heritage walk. Taste your way through some of the region’s finest vineyards, admire a significant private collection of Australian modern art and savour some rare dining experiences which are sure to surprise and delight.

Journey Highlights

  • Enjoy exclusive access to Worawa College with Principal Dr Lois Peeler and be enthralled by a Welcome to Country, Smoking Ceremony and indigenous dance demonstration
  • Indulge in a private wine tasting at Domaine Chandon, exploring the rolling vineyards
  • Enjoy a private guided tour of the Tarrawarra Museum of Art which houses much of the significant Besen Family private collection of modern and contemporary works
  • Savour iconic local wines during a visit to Levantine Hill where a Mediterranean feast and guided cellar door experience are highlights

Click here to find out more about our exclusive behind the scenes experience at Worawa Aboriginal College.

Itinerary

Journey Itinerary

Day 1: Arrive Yarra Valley

Make your own way to the Yarra Valley and your luxury mansion hotel, Chateau Yering, located on one of the oldest and most iconic wine farms in the region. Settle into the Oak Room with a cocktail before your three-course welcome dinner, paired with local Yarra Valley wines. Be spellbound by celebrated keynote speaker Dr Lois Peeler, the Executive Director of Worawa Aboriginal College, who will captivate you with stories from her remarkable life. An indigenous trailblazer on all fronts, in June 2014, Lois was made a Member in the General Division of the Order of Australia and awarded for her significant service to the Indigenous community as an educator, advocate and role model.

Chateau Yering is a heritage listed icon that exudes elegance and sophistication and provides the perfect base for exploring the region. Graceful interiors accented with marble and antiques reflect the old-world charm of this country retreats rich heritage. Located on 250 acres of stunning Yarra Valley landscape, the property offers breathtaking views across fields and vineyards with 32 distinctive guest suites. Eleonore’s restaurant, named after the mother of one of the Yarra Valley’s pioneers, offers destination dining at its finest where exceptional local produce is the basis for fresh and innovative dishes. You may also like to sit down for a decadent High Tea, a long held tradition at Chateau Yering.
Chateau Yering | Meals: D

Day 2: Yarra Valley | Discovering Art, History and Epicurean Delights

Embark on a full day discovering the Yarra Valley starting off with a visit to Worawa College, Australia’s only boarding school catering exclusively for Aboriginal girls. You’ll be welcomed by Lois herself who will be with you throughout your visit. The experience starts with a Welcome to Country and Smoking Ceremony, followed by a dance performance by the students themselves. Then you embark on the Dreaming Trail and the History Walk, which charts the history of the Aboriginal struggle and highlights the achievements of 21 Aboriginal leaders and change-makers. Hear more from Lois about her journey and see for yourself the lifechanging impact the school has on the lives of young indigenous women.

Continue to Tarrawarra Museum of Art, which stands proudly on the award-winning Tarrawarra Wine Estate. Capturing the vision of its founders, philanthropists  Eva Besen AO and Marc Besen AC, who are passionate collectors of Australian art from the 1950s to the present day, the museum’s collection is exceptional. Enjoy a guided tour of their stunning private collection.

Head to nearby Levantine Hill for lunch where a Mediterranean-inspired menu combines the time-honoured traditions of the Jreissati family’s ancestors with a contemporary celebration of local fare. Enjoy a three-course sitting with paired wines introduced by their Head Chef. Your Yarra Valley experience culminates this afternoon with a visit to Domaine Chandon for a private tasting of their favourite sparkling wines. Return to Chateau Yering where the evening is at your leisure.
Chateau Yering | Meals: BL

Day 3: Depart Yarra Valley

Following breakfast, depart at your leisure. Perhaps visit the local famers market or drive past the lavender farms which may be in bloom.
Meals: B

Journey Inclusions

All accommodation as detailed with private facilities; Meals as specified, including selected beverages during welcome dinner; Group transportation by private air-conditioned vehicle on Day 2; Services of an A&K representative on Day 2; Bottled water during transfers and touring; Porterage; All entrance fees; Planning, handling, operational and communication charges; All tipping

Please note: Transfers from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley are available on request. Please contact A&K for details.

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Dates & Prices

Journey Dates & Prices

Prices are per person, based on double occupancy

Nov 26, 2021 - Nov 28, 2021
Price AU$2,235pp Single Supplement AU$495 Internal Air (From) AU$0 Availability Available Enquire
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