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Published March 20th 2012
Food and wine tours just got even more exciting. While winery-hopping is a whole bunch of fun, winery-trotting, or meandering from winery to winery on horseback, certainly adds a new dimension.
Horseback Winery Tours gives you the rare opportunity to do just that in the Red Hill region on the stunning Mornington Peninsula amidst some of our most acclaimed wineries.
Imagine this: saddling up on gentle horses with a small group and some very knowledgeable guides and heading off from picturesque Main Ridge. Then soak up the lovely scenery while traversing some of the region's best wineries and breweries while enjoying tastings along the way.
Choose from a 3 or 6-hour tour (if your 'saddle' is up to the latter). Either way, I recommend some time out and a bit of extra r 'n' r before hitting the road home - especially after all that fresh air, riding and tasting (and lunching if you take the 6-hour ride).
Tours cost $120 for the 3-hour tour, which includes two winery stops, and $250 for the 6-hour tour, which includes two winery stops and lunch at the famous Red Hill Brewery. Tours depart at 10am and 2pm daily and bookings are essential.
I particularly like the sound of the 2 to 5 day rides featuring a 5-star gourmet camping experience (imagine the damper!) amidst the wildlife and wineries of the Tolmie and King Valley region. The area, in addition to being rich in Ned Kelly history, is renowned as the home of some of the country's best gourmet foods and finest wines.