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Oakridge Tour & Taste Package
Exclusive access to Oakridge chefs and winemakers

Exclusive access to a winery tour, tank and barrel tastings with winemaker, a three-course lunch with wines to match, a personalised garden tour and a Q&A session with chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett hosted by leading food writer Hilary McNevin

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Tour and taste: Oakridge event

Sunday July 3rd 2016

A winery tour, tank and barrel tastings, a three-course lunch with wines to match, a personalised garden tour and a Q&A session with chefs Matt Stone and Jo Barrett, hosted by leading food writer Hilary McNevin. It’s all on offer as Oakridge Wine Compass and Pep Events collaborate to bring you a series of high-end events, tailored to create exclusive access to some of the best wineries in Victoria. The event is strictly limited to 20 tickets

Pep & Wine Compass

This is the inaugural event of Pep and Wine Compass. Hilary McNevin of Pep Events and Adam Nicholls of Wine Compass have collaborated to create experiences that allow their customers exclusive insight into the flavours, the expertise and the unique perspective of chefs, sommeliers, winemakers, owners and managers who make up the best of Victoria’s food and wine industry. 

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The Day:

Winery tour and barrel tasting with Tim Perrin

Winemaker Tim Perrin will begin the afternoon with a tour of the winery including barrel and tank tastings followed by a tasting of the Oakridge premium selection


Three-course meal matched with premium Oakridge wines

Matt Stone and Jo Barrett have taken the winery’s dining room to a new level and created a sharp menu based on ethical, sustainable, seasonal and local produce:

The menu will be based on:

  • The best possible produce from their garden
  • Other premium, seasonal food that is sourced from local suppliers’

The menu will be announced in the week leading up to the event

Meet Matt Stone and Jo Barrett

After lunch, Pep Events founder, Hilary McNevin will interview Matt and Jo about the approach and changes they’ve made to Oakridge. They’ll talk about the work they’ve done to become two of the most exciting chefs in Victoria right now and there’ll be opportunity for an interactive Q&A. 

In the lead up to the event  we have an interview with Matt and Jo

Garden tour with Matt Stone & Jo Barrett

Matt Stone and Jo Barrett will take you on a private tour of their kitchen garden at Oakridge. Both chefs are avid gardeners and use most of the produce in the restaurant. This is an exclusive tour only for Pep and Wine Compass.

Your host: Hilary McNevin

Hilary McNevin is a Melbourne-based freelance food and wine writer. For 15 years she worked front-of-house in restaurants in Australia and the UK before studying writing and editing at RMIT in Melbourne. She now draws from both industries to create personalised, exclusive events. 

She regularly MC’s and hosts events, moderates panel discussion and her written work appears in, SBS Food Online, The Australian, Winestate Magazine, The Weekly Review and She co-authored The Atlantic at Home with chef Donovan Cooke in Nov, 2014; edited the award-winning Temples of BBQ by Lance Rosen, Aug 2015 and in 2008 she wrote Guide to Fish: Choosing and Cooking Sustainable Species (Fairfax Media)

Adam Nicholls from Wine Compass will also be in attendance on the day


There are 2 ticketing options, with or without transport. Transport will leave from Federation Square with a second pick-up along Maroondah Highway for those who live closer to Oakridge

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To enquire or for any questions contact 1300 339 463 or [email protected]

You could also check out our other Yarra Valley tours, Pep Events and the Oakridge website

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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.


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!


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.


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!


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,