Category Archives: Special Tours

Grape stomping in March

March is harvest time for the vineyards in the Southern Highlands and that means grapes need to crushed.

One of the best ways to crush grapes for red wine is by foot. Feet are gentle enough not to crush the grape seed which can put a bitter taste in the wine.

If you have ever though you would like to foot stomp grapes then this is your lucky chance.

All tours will be visit Eling Forest Winery where you will have a chance to stomp grapes while enjoying a glass of wine and nibbles. (except Sundays)

stomping

These tours on Saturdays are already booked up but we can still run a tour for groups of 6 to 14 on weekdays.

You can book you grape stomping tour here.

Make sure you wear or bring a pair of shorts that you are not worried about getting dirty (they are red wine grapes and if some of the juice splashes on them it may not wash out). A shirt that you are not fond of might be a good idea as well.

Come along and enjoy a day tasting great wine and take on the rare chance to stomp the grapes.

For more to book a tour or for more information use our booking page or call John on 0410590044

La Truffiere

A Truffle Tour of my own.

I arrived at Yelverton Truffles on a crisp sunny Southern Highlands morning to have my own look at what the all the fuss is about truffles.

I was warmly welcomed by Ted and Barbara, as everyone is when they arrive for one of their truffle tours. Tea and coffee were available to warm the body in the cool Southern Highlands

Truffle presentation

Jet the truffle dog was a star during Ted’s presentation.

climate and soon everyone settled down for Ted’s interesting and educational presentation on truffles.

After the presentation it was time to move on to the truffiere.
After a short stroll down the hill to the truffiere is was time to put the shoe covers on our shoes. Truffles are a fungus and can be sensitive to other fungus spores being introduced to the truffiere.

Once everyone was looking splendid on there blue shoe covers and was finally time to get an up close at the truffles.

It wasnt long before truffles could be spotted poking up through the surface of the soil. Ted and Barbara certainly seem to have done something right with no shortage of truffles to be seen and even a few new ones spotted by some of the guests on the tour. Each truffle is marked as it is La Truffierefound so that Ted can keep track of and easily find the ones that have already been found.

After a short walk of the truffiere and some more interesting talk from Ted it was time to see Jet, the resident truffle dog, in action. A small piece of truffle was placed under a tree and jet was put to work.

Ted and and Jet wandered up a row of oak trees in search of the elusive truffle. It didnt take long for Jet to find the truffle, sniffing it out as soon as

Ted unearths a truffle.

Ted unearths a truffle.

he got close.

Just to prove it wasnt a fluke, Ted had the truffle hidden again, this time much further away. Jet was in no hurry stolling up the row of trees, sniffing here and there in search for the truffle scent that would see him rewarded with a treat. As soon as Jet reach the truffle he quickly locked onto the scent and located the truffle again.

With truffle found Jet was offered a food treat which was eagerly accepted. With Jet’s task at an end it was play time. Ted threw the ball him he chased it down with vigour.

Once we were finished in the truffiere it was time to return to the the presentation area where some delicious truffle treats were on offer. The treats on offer were truffle infused camembert.

Delicious truffle infused eggs

Delicious truffle infused eggs

truffle infused eggs topped with a shaving of fresh truffle and potato and leek soup with truffle butter and topped with shaved truffle.

It was great way to discover the flavour of this delicacy and everyone enjoyed the chance to try these delicious truffle samples.

The tour was great introduction to the interesting and tasty truffle and it was great to learn about its history and its versatility in cooking up some very tasty sound dishes that I hope to try. Of course I couldnt leave without some truffle and truffle infused eggs will be on the menu in our house in the near future as well as some other truffle inspired meals.

 

Our truffle tour on the 8th August still has a few spots available so be sure to book quickly for your chance to discover the interesting truffle.
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Wine Body and Soul Tours

Highlands Food & Wine Tours is very excited to be in partnership with Gail Withers from Heart and Soul Healing to bring a you an unique and uplifting experience that we have called Wine Body and Soul!
Heart and Soul Healing

You will be treated to a Platform Mediumship Presentation with Gail, in which each tour guest receives a reading bringing through messages of guidance comfort and support. After this exhilarating start to your day you will continue on to visit some of the superb wineries of the Southern Highlands where you will have a chance to taste the great wine they have on offer. all in the comfort of our mercedes bus.

A fantastic way to celebrate everything from bridal parties, birthdays, reunions, social groups or whenever family and friends come together. Book your Wine Body and Soul tour today. It really is a divinely unique experience!

Call John on 0410590044 or email john@highlandsfoodandwinetours.com.au.

*Minimum group size for this tour is 6people with a maximum of 14 people.

Australia Day 2015 Food and Wine Tour

Sunday 25th January 2015

Join us on a tour to discover some of the great food and wine products of the Southern Highlands this Australia Day weekend

We will visit Sutton Forest Olives to learn about the production of olive oil and purchase a range or olive oil products.
Next it will off to Birrong Suri Alpaca Farm to find out about growing alpaca where a complimentary lunch of Alpaca salad will be provided for you to experience the great flavour of Alpaca meat.
Lastly we will be a visit to Eling Forest Winery to tour the working winery and learn about the art of wine making. There will also be a chance to taste and purchase wine.
The cost will $120 per person which includes pick and return from within the Southern Highlands, all tour/tasting costs, Alpaca Burger lunch and a coffee at Eling Forest winery cafe before returning.

Bookings can be amde through our booking form or through our secure online booking system