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Trip of a lifetime

What an amazing day and trip! Everything is planned out perfectly and there is great communication... read more

Reviewed 11 April 2021
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Winebus tour with Ian Pickworth

Excellent day out and camadarie with fellow wine travellers and our fun and relaxed guide Ian. 4... read more

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Reviewed 28 November 2016

From the first conversation to the actual tour, Ian and his wife were very informative and accommodating to our needs and wishes. Ian helped create a wonderful and memorable day out for us to celebrate our parents 50th wedding anniversary and we visited 4 places without feeling rushed for time. His recommendations were also appreciated given we had not visited these wineries before. Thanks Winebus!!

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank travellingkat2016
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Ian P, Owner at Winebus Winery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 30 November 2016

I think I enjoyed the day just as much as your family did as you were so much fun.
I don't think Ya Ya stopped giggling all day.
Thank you for making me part of your family on this day of celebration

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Reviewed 21 November 2016

We booked a winery tour for a work event. We visited Riverstone Estate, Helen and Joey Estate and Hanrahan Vineyard. Out of the 3 wineries Helen and Joey was the best. The owner took the time to talk to us about the wine and let us pace ourselves. Unlike at Riverstone where the girl raced us through the tastings as quickly as possible and didn't tell us much about the wines. They had a wedding that day so maybe she had more important things to do.

We had lunch at Coldstream Brewery and although it was pleasant there, we were only served 4 pizzas (1 was gluten free) for a group of 11. It wasn't until the tour guide came back from his lunch that we asked where's the rest of the food, then he went off to order more for us. By the time more came out, we had to scoff them as we were out of time. So maybe 8 pizzas in total. Disappointing when the promise was "pizzas served until everyone is satisfied". None of us were satisfied, except for the gluten free who got her own pizza.

The driver took a long, back street route, back to the city which was a bit frustrating.

Overall the day was enjoyable but mainly because we get along well with each other. It definitely wasn't worth the cost of $125 each when you consider wineries normally offer tastings for free. The only "paid for" things would be the transport, the meager pizza lunch, the beer paddle tasting and the 1 cheese platter (for 11 people). $1375. Would I go again? No.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank princessloxy
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Ian P, Owner at Winebus Winery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 25 November 2016

Thank you so much for your feedback. We will contact you directly to discuss your tour.

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Reviewed 11 November 2016 via mobile

An excellent trip. The host/driver Ian was friendly and cheerful from the first phone conversation when we booked to our drop-off. Amazing wineries and a lovely lunch. Would highly recommend this tour.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank sanie69
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Ian P, Public Relations at Winebus Winery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

Thank you so much for your review, we absolutely loved having you on the tour.

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Reviewed 7 November 2016

I chose WineBus because the range of wineries they offered were different to most of the others and as a local who has been on a number of wine tours in the Yarra Valley I hoped we'd at least get a couple of new ones to try during the course of the day. I was rapt when Ian told us the plan for the day and it included all new wineries to me. My friend and I had a lovely day with just the right amount of time at each winery, each with a wonderful differing array of wines, gorgeous outlooks and fabulous hosts. Each cellar door treated us with respect and answered all our questions, spending quality time with us which we appreciated. The lunch location chosen was top notch too - Tokar Estate impressed, made even more special by Rita Tokar dropping by our table for a chat with us and Ian. All in all a superb day. I have no hesitation in recommending WineBus as a quality operator that ensures satisfaction for their guests.

Date of experience: November 2016
Thank Sharon P
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Reviewed 30 October 2016

from the time we were picked up to the time we arrived back.....wow what a trip,starting with Rocco the driver,Chandon,lunch at Tokar Estate,plus the other members of the tour trip that made our day really memoriable.

Date of experience: October 2016
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Ian P, Front Office Manager at Winebus Winery Tours, responded to this reviewResponded 21 November 2016

We will let Rocco know what a great day you had! Thank you for taking the time to write a review we really appreciate it.

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