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The Fun Way To Wine Tour

By Sophie Colvin
22nd Mar 2016


If you haven’t heard of Winery Walkabout, you’re in for a treat. Put simply, it’s the perfect introduction to wine. Think wintery fun, live entertainment and warming your souls with a hearty glass (or seven...*) of red.

If you’re that person at dinner who says “oh, you choose, I know nothing about wine”, it’s time to jump on board, embrace adult life and learn a thing or two about one of our favourite ‘finer things’. We can’t think of a better way to do it then with a bunch of pals, a designated driver and a whole heap of Australia’s top wines served right up to us on a Winery Walkabout.

So how exactly is Winery Walkabout different to your standard Yarra Valley wine tour?

Well, obviously there’s the excitement of properly getting out of town, but really that’s just a bonus. Hosted around Rutherglen in northern Victoria, Winery Walkabout is a festival of wines, meaning that there’s a jam packed schedule of events, gigs and activities that sit along side the program of wine tastings and a truly delicious food offering.

Each winery that’s part of Winery Walkabout offers a selection of its wines for tasting. On top of that, there are different food options available at each one— think delicate pastries to dim sims, gourmet barbecues, pancakes and a whole lot in between. You’ll find live entertainment at each venue— everything from blues and jazz gigs to boutique markets and dress up competitions. Our pick? Cruise ‘The Toucan Club’ for the best jelly shots and walnut Muscat wine slushies going at Chambers Rosewood Winery.

I don’t know about you, but I think wine and winter are a match made in heaven. Personally I’m a red kinda gal, but Rutherglen doesn’t discriminate— Winery Walkabout will give you the opportunity to swill, sip, drink and / or buy a variety of different reds and whites, hang out with friends and maybe even make a few new ones! What better way than to stuff yourself with excellent food, learn a little about wine and just generally have a rollicking good weekend.

And before you protest the distance, let me just say it’s not as nearly as far as you’re probably thinking. At less than 300 clicks up the road, you’ll be there in a jiffy. Seriously though, that’s roughly the same amount of time as my Top 25 Beyonce playlist.

So go on, grab the team, book your tickets asap (early bird tickets end 30st of March) and get excited. You can find a full program here, and a ton of bus and accommodation options available on site.

* The Urban List and Winery Walkabout encourage the responsible drinking of alcohol and do not condone excess drinking, emotional drunkenness, drunk texting or the removal of one’s shoes after half a bottle. 

Editor's Note: This article is proudly sponsored by Winery Walkabout and endorsed by The Urban List. Thank you for supporting the sponsors who make The Urban List possible. Click here for more information on our editorial policy.

Image credit: Supplied by Winery Walkabout

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