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Published August 23rd 2020
Do one for yourself, as a group or send to a friend
Missing those weekend road trips to the Yarra Valley? Feel like the days of visiting vineyards was so long ago? Here's how you can visit (virtually) this weekend and give a boost to local businesses as well. The perfect way to spend a rainy winter weekend, you can virtually make your way around to some of the Yarra's best wineries, meet a winemaker at their cellar door and enjoy some tasty drops with the new Alternative Taste Trail.
The Alternative Taste Trail is ready to send you (virtually) to the Yarra Valley for a gourmet night in. Image:provided.
Order your box of six hand-selected red wines from the comfort of your home and get them delivered with recipe cards for a three-course meal that's designed specifically to match the wines. Your kit also includes a QR code that you can scan and experience a virtual cellar door tasting with the winemakers of your selected bottles. You'll enjoy wines from De Bortoli, Mandala Estate, Steels Gate, Zonzo Estate, Fergusson's Winery and Sutherland Estate.
In your Alternative Taste Trail box you'll get everything you need for a great night in, including 6 bottles of wine, recipes for a 3-course meal and a QR code for a virtual hosted winetasting. Image:provided.
Host a dinner party for yourself or get some friends to order a box and do a Zoom dinner party with a group. It also makes a great gift form someone celebrating a special occasion in lockdown. The Taste Trail is not only a great way to spend a chilly winter's night in, but a fun isolation activity and the best bit is it supports local Victorian wineries too. Order your box by visiting www.regionalpantry.com.au
The Taste Trail is just one of the great products offered through the Regional Pantry, a service Yarra Ranges Tourism has created in order to support local producers, creators and makers.
Why not order a box for a great night in and start planning your next physical road trip when restrictions lift?