Top 12 experiences and benefits to enjoy

It's your Membership - here are some of the best

By Sara Schwarz
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Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Western Australia

Cape Mentelle, Margaret River, Western Australia

George Mihaly, Paradigm Hill - a small, family run, vineyard and winery on the Mornington Peninsula
Wirra Wirra Winery at McLaren Vale on the Fleurieu Peninsula in South Australia
Enjoy a five star experience with The Tailor tours
Nazaaray Estate Winery, Flinders, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria

 

With over 200 exclusive benefits and experiences for Members to select from, you can easily turn your regional food and wine travels into memories that will last a lifetime. As an added bonus, you can often make your Membership money back and more by taking advantage of just one or two benefits and experiences.

Let us guide you through a selection of our fabulous Members' offers.

Firstly, the reason we’re all here: 

 

1. The Wine

Imagine being ushered past the crowds into the barrel hall for a private tasting, having the winemaker’s full attention for an hour or more and sipping from that 'secret barrel' - don’t be fooled, every winemaker has one.

This is the exact kind of experience you’ll partake in as a Member and to give you just a taste, we’ve included four of our wonderful Partners, Mandala Wines, Main Ridge Estate, Pfeiffer Wines and Paradigm Hill, who offer you just that:

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2. The Food

Wine is to be enjoyed with food (family, friends and sunshine are optional extras). If you haven’t yet had the opportunity, Cape Mentelle is a truly outstanding winery in WA’s acclaimed Margaret River region. For those looking for a memorable and mouth watering experience, we suggest you book their Degustation Tour And Tasting (specially priced for Members) – a behind the scenes experience no other.

La Petanque, a fine dining restaurant on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula also offers Members a sumptuous degustation experience, and at a special price for Members. The food is southern French and the service second to none.

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3. The Complete Package

South Australia’s McLaren Vale region offers the gourmand so many memorable experiences you couldn’t really wish for more… well, how about a generous 15 per cent discount with one of the most dynamic businesses in the region.  Penny’s Hill encompasses Penny’s Hill wines and Mr. Riggs Cellars, the award winning Kitchen Door Restaurant as well as the elegantly restored 1890’s Ingleburne Bed and Breakfast. You’ll enjoy a 15 per cent discount at each – so indulge for 24 hours, or perhaps a week.

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4. Free Freight

Many have asked for it and the following Partner businesses would love to accommodate you with complimentary freight upon case purchases:

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5. Bonus Gifts for You

We all love to recieve gifts and you'll be glad to discover our Partner businesses love giving gifts too. From bonus wine upon purchase to riedel glasses, caps and even a little something delightfully different.

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6. Flights of Fancy

What better way to enjoy regional cuisine than with a flight of local, hand made wines (usually a generous ‘taste’ of four or five wines). Two Mornington Peninsula winery restaurants and one divine Tasmanian winebar offer Members just that when you dine with them.

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7. Gourmet Tours - Australia

South Australia’s Outback Encounter offers Members a Flying Food Safari like no other. A true foodie’s dream, imagine jetting between Kangaroo Island and the Flinders Ranges, supping on local and indigenous delicacies along the way. Perhaps the AUD800 Penfolds Grange pack gift might appeal to you also.

Or perhaps join Hedonistic Hiking on a walking tour like no other as you explore Victoria’s exquisite Alpine region on foot by day and devour truly hedonistic fare morning, noon and night. Be warned, this talented pair also run walking tours in Italy that you may not be able to resist.

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8. Gourmet Tours - the world

In 2004, Maria Benardis chose to dedicate her life to spreading the word on the wonderful world of Greek cuisine. In the short time since she’s set up Greekalicious, a successful cooking school, recently launched a gorgeous recipe book and also runs small group tours to Greece for passionate foodies.

Perhaps you are considering another destination for 2012? Our Partners also offer Members stunning wine and food experiences in India, France, Italy and South Africa with tempting bonuses and discounts: cases of wine, cooking classes and more.

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9. A Celebration of Cheese

Grandvewe Cheese is a unique sheeps’ cheesery just 30 minutes from Hobart. Nestled in amongst lush green hills it truly does have a ‘grand view’ over the spectacular D’Entrecasteaux Channel. Members who have the chance to visit Grandvewe can go behind-the-scenes and meet ‘the girls’. Be prepared for a surprise however – on occasion they are known to wear brassieres.

A favourite of VisitVineyards team, Blue Bay Cheese is a true hidden gem on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula, tucked away in a local industrial estate. Never fear the location, Ukranain-trained Andriy Kogut’s cheeses are excellent and he offers Members a discount too.

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10. Organic Accommodation

Perhaps a gourmet weekend somewhere by the coast is more to your liking. By day, explore the coastline and regional produce and by night enjoy the comfiest of bed, drinks by the fireside and a sumptuous meal - with many ingredients picked straight from the property’s extensive organic fruit and vegetable gardens.

With these two Partners offering exclusive extras and great savings also, you may never want to leave.

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11. The Water of Life

From the Gaelic uisge beatha meaning Water of Life we get the English word whisk(e)y. Made from some of the purest waters on earth, Lark Distillery’s whiskies truly live up to their name and Members are invited to participate in a four-day whisky experience like no other. Hosted by Bill Lark, you will traverse the countryside working your way through the whisky making process and will take home a 20 litre cask, which on top of your 15 percent discount as Members, makes this an experience of a lifetime and one that keeps on giving

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12. A Well Earned Massage

Well, we couldn't miss these off the list! All that wine tasting, travelling, and consumption of regional delicacies can really take it out of you, so what better way to recharge than with a truly sublime massage. Even better, what about a massage that come to you!

The lads and ladies at Ripple Massage will visit you (in QLD, Victoria and soon Tasmania) with their strong fingers and calming demeanors. They also offer Members a lime and tangarine exfoliation on the house.

If you feel more like getting out and about for your massage, then we have three other Partners offering you massages in conjunction with luxury accommodation, a winery lunch or at the end of a long day walking along stunning windswept coastlines.

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Know a foodie or wine person who'd just love this?

Email Kerry today to purchase a gift Membership or phone her on (03) 6248 4476 and she will have it to them in no time (in a lovely gift card, inscribed however you wish).

 

Do you know a winery or regional business who would make a great VisitVineyards.com partner business? (perhaps your own?) Email our Partner Manager on partners@visitvineyards.com with your suggestions. We're constantly expanding to include new businesses and would love to hear from you. With nearly 40,000 wine, food and travel loving subscribers, and Australia's first national mobile wine and food app, VisitVineyards.com is the place to be seen.

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