Don’t be an idiot. Hop It instead.
For too long, if you wanted to visit a winery, 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. (Featured image: @hop_it_melbourne)
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 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; with visiting wineries at the top of the schedule and making your way down, so you can 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 a rum distillery, 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.
Hop It’s Yarra Valley service operates only on Saturday and Sunday with two possible routes available to explore. The Mornington Peninsular service operates two services depending on weekday or weekend adventure as well as a special Peninsula Hot Springs service on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Prices start from $59.95 departing from the CBD with pickup at the Grand Hyatt Hotel on Russell Street and do not include wine tastings.
Hop It is now taking bookings for January and February beginning with their Yarra Valley routes after having needed to suspend services due to Covid.
For more information, head to the Hop It website.