Updated 3 February 2020
Love is in the detail, love is the air, love is in the Yarra Valley! Here are some love-soaked options to celebrate Valentine’s Day (Friday 14 February) with a perfect marriage of food and wine. And beyond a seriously good dining experience you can add extra love to your day with a range of memory-making activities just for two!
Health obsessed – how about a trail run in the forest or on one of the many awesome walking paths and cycling trails in the Yarra Valley? You can get in a run before lunch and justify a little extra indulgence. (We know that’s how it works!)
Nature lovers and adventure junkies – Surprise your significant other with a mid-week horse ride. Chum Creek Horseriding or Yarra Valley Trails can have you saddled up with your perfect four-legged partner and show you places only accessible on horseback.
Art aficionados – there are plenty of must-see exhibitions. TarraWarra is alwasy a feast for the eyes and a caress of the heart. You can also find plenty of thought provoking and inspiring art experiences throughout the region. Try a gallery hop here.
Meanderers and wanderers – Walks in nature, walks to waterfalls, walks along heritage streets in vibrant villages – there is a smorgasbord of walking options for hand-in-hand strolling.
Connoisseurs and celebrators – Bubbles (especially Prosecco) and a sophisticated gin cocktail (Four Pillars Gin Distillery is your happy place) are our top recommendations for raising a glass to one another. Celebrate your uniqueness with a cheers...or chocolate at the Yarra Valley Chocolaterie and IceCreamery - with delicious Ice-cream festival as well!
And of course there’s a Yarra Valley wine to match to every occasion and to every meal. Book a sweet Valentine’s Day experience and share the love.
Valentine’s Day at Rochford Wines, Coldstream
Captivate your senses at Isabella’s Restaurant at Rochford Wines. Love is all about sharing as you indulge in a four-course menu with your special someone. Choose your ultimate dinner, choose a magnificent bottle of wine, choose love! This is a special evening that is yours to enjoy!
And if you’re looking to propose to that special someone, they will also quietly help you create a magical moment!
The details: www.rochfordwines.com.au
Complimentary Chocolates at Olinda Tea House, Olinda
A Valentine’s Day traditional five course set menu set among the exquisite gardens of Olinda Tea House is pure romance. The Valentine's Day menu ($88 per person) will feature two extra special Olinda Tea House cocktail creations and every table will receive a single stem rose and complimentary chocolate gift box. All booking before 7th February will be able to choose a personalised chocolate gift (names on chocolate) for their partner.
The details: www.olindateahouse.com.au
Lush it up at Rae’s Restaurant, Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa, Yarra Glen
Enjoy an intimate dinner for two at Rae’s Restaurant with a setting overlooking the lush vineyards and views across the Valley.
Start the night off with a glass of Sparkling on arrival, and then work your way through a delicious four course menu designed by Executive Chef, Grant Flack starting with a stunning trio of oysters and finishing with a delicious dessert to share.
Dinner Package includes: a glass of sparkling on arrival, four course menu and one long stemmed rose per couple.
$110 per person. Bookings essential on 03 9730 0774. Available 14-16 February.
And you can double the romance with a Romantic Resort getaway. Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa are offering a special overnight package for with dinner, bed and breakfast retreat to stir your heart.
VINTAGE HARVEST DINNER at YARRA VALLEY LODGE
February is a time for love, it’s also a time when the region's grapes ripen to perfection, marking the beginning of the vintage harvest. With Valentine's Day on its way, Yarra Valley Lodge want to celebrate their love for love and their love for wine with their exclusive Vintage Harvest dining event.
Spoil your partner with a night of delicious wines by their partners Steels Gate, each glass matched perfectly with a six course degustation menu created especially by expert chefs. Bask in the beauty and romance of the Yarra Valley whilst you enjoy the region's best wine and produce. You'll be guided through your tasting by one of the experts from steels Gate and head chef.
The Vintage Harvest Dinner is the second of the Yarra Valley Lodge's special dining events 'Dusk Dinners', an exclusive series where we will be highlighting the best of local, farm-to-table produce with custom menus designed by our experienced in-house chefs.
Tickets: $95 per person
Tickets include a delicious six-course menu and matched Steels Gate wines. Mineral water, soft drinks and juices will also be available. Beer and spirits will be held at bar prices.
ROMANCE IN BOHEMIA
For a special Valentine’s Day evening, celebrate at Montsalvat with Romance in Bohemia. Experience the romance and magic of the Great Hall over a candlelit dinner with live musicians serenading as you eat. Or, come and mingle with the singles in the Long Gallery for a fun and lively evening with a barbecue and some cheeky entertainment.
Great Hall Couples Dinner: Bring your lover, partner or spouse for a night of food and entertainment by candlelight. Includes canapes, a two course meal and sweet treats. Entertainment by award winning classical guitarist Aleksandr Tsiboulski alongside singer-songwriter Emily Davis. Alcohol included.
Long Gallery Singles Cocktail Party: Mingling and entertainment for singles. Come along by yourself or with a friend for a party in the Long Gallery. Includes canapes, barbecue and sweet treats. Entertainment by acapella girl gang Ginger and Tonic. Alcohol Included.
SKYHIGH WITH YOUR VALENTINE
Treat your loved one to a romantic and memorable dining experience with stunning views of the Melbourne skyline as the sun sets. Dining upstairs in SkyHigh's stylish function room or in the lower level bistro, enjoy a three course dinner, comprising a shared platter to start, your choice of mains and an indulgent shared dessert plate.
VALENTINES DAY AT FONDATA
Fondata is for lovers. Spoil your loved one this Valentine's Day with a feast at Fondata.
Enjoy a four course dinner and chocolates for your Valentine. $75 per person with seatings available from 6:00pm. Bookings can be made via the Fondata website or by contacting the reservations team via phone. Please note that payment is required in full upon booking.
The details: www.fondata1872.com/
ONLY THE BEST AT LEVANTINE HILL
Join Levantine Hill for dinner in their Signature Restaurant on Friday 14 or Saturday 15 February to celebrate Valentine's Day.
Their Signature Restaurant offers a truly unique and outstanding culinary experience. You will enjoy a seven course degustation and a complimentary glass of 2013 Levantine Hill Estate Blanc de Blanc sparkling on arrival.
Be prepared for a true dining experience that you and your loved one will never forget.
The details: www.levantinehill.com.au/blogs/events/valentines-day