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Heathcote Wine Tours - NEW REGION
Tours departing from Melbourne

We are excited to announce we now run private & small group day tours of the Heathcote region. Yes you heard correctly. We are the first and only tour company running wine tours to Heathcote departing from Melbourne. Only 1.5hrs from the CBD this is a new and exciting region begging to be uncovered.

A Heathcote day tour to remember – Just Launched!

Wine Compass now provides wine tours of the Heathcote wine region.

This is Victoria’s up and coming wine touring region and they are primed and ready to accommodate our valued guests. We are excited to be able to deliver this new product with tours commencing in February. It’s only 1.5hrs from the CBD and today there are around 40 wineries and 70 vineyards in the region so we are spoilt for choice. We can’t wait to put Heathcote on the touring map.

Be one of the first to get involved – you won’t regret it.

We also run Small Group day tours to the region. Couple, singles or small groups won’t miss out. More details here

Choose your tour type

We service a wide range of groups, to find out more information Choose the tour type that best suits your group below

Fun & Social private tours

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These are fun and relaxed days out for private groups of any size and for all kinds of occasions. Highlights include:

– Lots of time to socialise and catch up with friends and family
– Favourite wineries & produce from the region
– Fun and experienced host who can work in with the vibe of the day (tunes pumping, info about the region)
– Perfect for: Days out with friends and/or family, hens or bucks parties, ladies/boys days out, birthday parties, Christmas parties & Social Club functions

Find out more about our Fun & Social wine tours

Foodie & Wine Lovers private tours

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For private groups that are a little more serious about their wine, food & produce:

– Enjoy the best of the region’s wine, food, & produce with a focus on some of the more boutique offerings
-More in-depth insight into the winemaking process, thanks to informative hosts and connections with local characters
– Lots of fun & laughs along the way
– Options include: top wineries, breweries, a distillery, farm gates & more

Find out more about our Foodie & Wine Lovers tours

Premium tours

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The region has some of Australia’s finest wine makers. For the ultimate experience consider one of our bespoke premium tours.

– Meet world famous wine makers at award winning  wineries.
– Enjoy private tastings which often include vertical & barrel tastings
– Experienced wine hosts including international wine judges and sommeliers
– Gourmet lunch at the best spots
– Best for: wine collectors, connoisseurs & appreciators, people in the industry, someone seeking behind the scenes access. These tours are our most expensive option.

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Small Group tours

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Perfect for singles, couples and smaller groups.

– Small, boutique wineries where you get great wines and the best experiences
– A fun and relaxed vibe, you will get lots of laughs along the way
– Informative and entertaining, with an awesome Wine Compass host to make sure your day is extra special
– 2 tours types to choose from

Find about more about our Small Group public tours

Christmas tours

Christmas Parties

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If you have been tasked with organising the company Christmas Party:

– Impress your staff or clients with a great day out, super easy to organise
– Pick-ups from your office or anywhere you suggest
–  Focus on fun while also being informative on the wines and the region
– We can work with any games, quizzes or special requests
– Tailored for your group, options include: wineries, breweries, a distillery,  music and more

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Corporate tours with a difference

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If you are looking to impress your clients or staff with something a bit different:

– Enjoy the best of the region’s wine, food, & produce
– Local knowledge, informative hosts & local characters. Lots of laughs
– Easy to organise, we take care of everything
– Options include: Masterclass & Blind Tasting Competition, Meet the Makers, top wineries, Winemaker host. breweries, distillery, farm gates & more

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Large Group wine tours

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Gathering a large group of friends or family for a fun day out:

– We take care of the organising and transport
– Enjoy the most amazing local wine, food, & produce
– Local knowledge, informative hosts & local characters. Lots of laughs
– Variety of options: Masterclass & Blind Tasting Competition, Meet the Makers, top wineries, Winemaker host. breweries, distillery, farm gates & more

Find about more about our Large Group wine tours

Bookings & Tour Pricing

We provide a tailored service and collaborate with you to create the perfect itinerary. On the first phone call we will find out about your group and provide you with a number of options. After this we come back with a sample itinerary and pricing so you will have everything you need to make an informed decision.

Talk to us today about your ideal itinerary. Pick-ups from Melbourne & Heathcote (including Bendigo)

Small Group Day Tours

Now you can experience a Wine Compass tour in couples, singles or small groups. More details here

A little about the Heathcote Wine Region

Being significantly warmer than both Yarra Valley and Mornington Peninsula the wines produced here are distinctly different and unique to the area. The region is most famous for their rich, velvety and often spicy Shiraz, which equates to around 60% of the area currently under vine. What has surprised us to learn however is that the white wines produced are equally amazing. Some of our favourite wines last year were Riesling, Chardonnay and Marsanne produced right out of Heathcote.

Heathcote as a region has been compared closely to it’s overseas French counterpart Rhone Valley. Located north of the Great Dividing Range, the majority of soil under vine is Cambrian – red and deep and evident as you venture into the area. From north to south the temperature varies by around 2° which is similar to Rhone Valley (although northern Rhone is closest to the south part of Heathcote and vice versa). Interestingly a very well known Rhone Valley producer, M Chapoutier has crossed the world to explore the terroirs of Australia and as a result has established a vineyard in Heathcote.

Some of our favourite Heathcote wineries

There are so many great options to choose from. It would be impossible to visit them all in one trip but the good news is you can visit as many times as you like.  See some of the many options on the Heathcote wineries page or check out one of our favourites wineries from the following list; Tellurian, Condie, The Bridge, Jaspers Hill, Heathcote Inn featuring Chalmers Winery, Merindoc, Munari, Sanguine, Wild Duck Creek, Domaine Asmara, Shiraz Republic, Vinea Marson and Heathcote Wine Hub.

Other Heathcote stop options include:

– Palling Bros Brewery
– Animus Gin Distillery

Our tours

 

A stellar line up of wines at Tellurian

Delicious charcuterie boards and friendly service at Heathcote Wine Hub

Merindoc outdoor tasting

Recent tripadvisor feedback

“BEST WINERY TOUR COMPANY – Mornington Peninsula”

So this is the second time i have personally used Wine Compass and I’ve also recommended a friend who arranged their 30th also.
I cannot recommend Adam, Gabi & the team highly enough!
I promise you, you will just have the best day! Full of lots of laughs, food & of course..WINEEE!
They really tailor the tour to suit your group.

Cannot wait to book my next one!! 😀
thanks SOO much guys…

“Great Hens Day”

Our group loved our Hens Day at the Mornington Peninsula. Wine Compass was beyond helpful in the lead up – very accomodating our needs, particularly when we threw in some last minute changes to dietary requirements and number of attendees! Our host, Sam, was awesome – he was informative and kept the momentum going, but he was also fun and flexible (he worked with vendors when we were running a little behind schedule.) All of the girls in our group enjoyed the day!

Fantastic private tour!

Adam & his team organised a wonderful full personalised day for us (13 adults, 3 children & a baby) and covered something for everyone – wineries, a brewery/cidery & a chocolaterie for the kids (& big kids…)! Duncan was a great host, charming and hilarious and also knowledgeable about the area and places we were visiting. Everyone was very easy to deal with and pre-service was fast and helpful. I would definitely be contacting Adam again when in the area.

Day tour with Kieran

Kieran was a wonderful guide on our Private tour. We stopped at Tucks Ridge, Merricks, Quealy Winemakes (lunch included) and final stop at Morning Sun. Great time had by all! Highlights include great wine and food, koala sightings and talks by the winemakers.

Genuinely fantastic day out

We were a small group of four friends – two of which hadn’t spent much time in Australia let alone outside of capital cities.

From the first enquiry to the end of the day at drop off, the entire experience was exceptional. The booking process was simple, the car was clean, the driver was engaging and knowledgeable and the venues we visited were just perfect for us.

We don’t know much about wine, but we enjoyed the help provided by various wine cellars and the driver on the day.

Could not recommend this enough!!

Check out some highlights from our tours

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A fantastic experience...

Perfectly planned day out

Would absolutely recommend Adam had his company to anyone planning a wine tour in that area. Everything was easy going and perfectly planned out.

Ella

Beautiful wine tour

Adam sorted our family out with a great itinerary with one days notice, we visited some great wineries/ brewery and he had great knowledge of the wines in the area. Overall was a perfect day with some delicious wines and food!

Helen

Easy and relaxed

Thank you for organising such a wonderful day. It was super easy dealing with you. The bus ride was fun and the wineries you chose were really good. We had a ball not having to worry about a single thing and being taken from place to place. Very realxing. Would highly reccommend you to anyone.

Kat

Fabulous day

Thanks Adam for organising a great day for us. Most of the group hadn’t been to the Yarra Valley before so weren’t sure what to expect. You were attentive and made our day so easy – we didn’t have to think about a thing! I will definitely recommend you to anyone who is looking for a wine tour!

Danica

Wine tour

Had a great time! We let Adam choose the cellar doors and lunch venue, we were offered alternatives but went with his choices with no regrets. Very professional and friendly. Flexibility with pick up points was also very handy. Highly recommended!!! Thank you Adam,

Spencer