For too long, if you wanted to go on a winery tour, you either had to charter a bus service or find a willing desi driver—or be the desi driver yourself, which kind of defeats the purpose of going to a winery. I’m not saying you’re going to get blotto, but you might have more than one standard drink per hour and then you wouldn’t be able to drive home.
Thanks to Hop It—Sara and Jon Lee’s genius idea of re-appropriating a tried and tested form of travel—you can now concern yourself with other, more important things on a winery tour, like the answers to these three questions: Where are we stopping first? Where are we stopping for lunch? And where are we going next?
Servicing the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula, Hop It provides a safe and secure way to explore Victoria’s wine-making regions and wineries like Red Hill Estate, T’Gallant Wines, Domain Chandon and Rochford Wines. Just hop on in the city (or Lilydale and Frankston if they’re closer for you) and hop off at your first destination. Then hop on, hop off, hop on—you get the idea—for a maximum of four stops.
Since planning is key, Hop It recommends that you first decide on where you’re going to have lunch and give yourself a two-hour window. And then plan your day accordingly to make the most of your adventure.
And for those of you who aren’t so keen on wine, or any alcohol for that matter, you will come across beer breweries, gin-makers and other distilleries, depending on your choice of region. There is always way more to the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula than booze. Think cheeses and chocolates and some pretty astounding restaurants, as well as beautiful scenery to keep you entertained. Still not sure? Just get in touch with Hop It and they’ll be more than happy to inundate you with local knowledge.
The Hop It All-Rounder Pass
Hop It’s Yarra Valley service has two possible routes available to explore, one for the well-known wineries and another for the more boutique variety. So does the Mornington Peninsula, although only one is currently available.
Nowadays, you can explore all three routes for the price of two thanks to the Hop It All-Rounder Pass. With over 50 stops to choose from across the three routes, it’s the best value-for-money deal you can find to discover the best food and wine that the Yarra Valley and the Mornington Peninsula has to offer. You’ve also got 12 months from the purchase date to take advantage of it. It’s all yours for just $159.90.