9 Amazing Helicopter Wine Tour & Winery Lunch Experiences in Melbourne
Melbourne is lucky enough to be surrounded by some of the best wine regions in Victoria with the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula and Nagambie all easily accessible by helicopter from Melbourne. Create the perfect anniversary, birthday or proposal experience by combining a spectacular helicopter tour to one of 9 amazing wineries, all of which are just a short helicopter ride from Melbourne.
What are the Top 9 Winery Tours by Helicopter from Melbourne?
The top 9 helicopter wine tours from Melbourne are:
- Levantine Hill Winery
- Meletos Restaurant
- Zonzo Estate
- Four Pillars Gin
- Beers, Burgers & Gin
- Jack Rabbit Winery
- Terindah Estate
- Mitchelton Winery
- Rochford Winery
These wineries are located across the Yarra Valley, Bellarine Peninsula and Nagambie wine regions.
1. Levantine Hill Winery in the Yarra Valley
Location: Levantine Hill Estate, 882 Maroondah Highway, Coldstream VIC 3770
Open: Thursday - Monday for Lunch
Levantine Hill is well known amongst Yarra Valley wineries for a fine dining experience matched to award-winning wines and is a popular destination for lunch by helicopter from Melbourne.
With a purpose-built helicopter pad that is popular with visitors from Melbourne, your helicopter ride lands directly at the winery, just metres away from the Levantine Hill restaurant (previously run by star chef Teage Ezard).
Enjoy a walk around the vineyard before settling into your winery lunch with a wine flight of three Levantine Hill’ premium (and more expensive) pinot noir, chardonnay or sparkling wines, followed by a fine dining experience including a three, five or seven course mediterranean-inspired lunch menu.
What to order: Our favourite dishes from the shared lunch menu include the rich truffled goat’s curd cappelletti with raisins and pine-nut burnt butter matched to a 2017 Katherine’s Paddock Chardonnay or the kingfish ceviche with lemon balm vinaigrette, bush tomato aioli, and macadamia paired to Levantine Hill’s 2013 Blanc de Blanc.
How much does a helicopter winery lunch at Levantine Hill cost? A helicopter wine tour to Levantine Hill in the Yarra Valley starts at $890 per person with Rotor One and includes return helicopter flights, wine tasting and three course lunch menu.
You can also purchase a Gift Voucher for a Wine Tour and Lunch by Helicopter to Levantine Hill to celebrate that special occasion.
Summary: While Levantine Hill may have a reputation in the Yarra Valley for being premium and expensive, a helicopter lunch package including wine tasting and lunch is an exceptional experience that delivers well beyond the excitement of your helicopter ride and quality of Levantine Hill’s wine.
2. Meletos Restaurant in the Yarra Valley
Location: Meletos, 12 St Huberts Rd, Coldstream VIC 3770
Open: Thursday - Sunday for Lunch
When it comes to a beautiful winery and boutique restaurant, Meletos Restaurant has earned some of the best reviews in the Yarra Valley.
Located on the Stones of the Yarra Valley property in Coldstream and next to the Napoleon Brewery, Meletos is surrounded by vineyards and offers spectacular views of the Yarra Valley when arriving by helicopter, landing just metres away from Meletos Restaurant and Providore.
While Meletos isn’t strictly a winery, they offer a selection of award-winning wines, ales and handcrafted ciders from the Yarra Valley region matched to a three course lunch menu inspired by flavours from Tuscany and focussed around seasonal meat and fish.
What to order: Head Chef, Justin Edwards, has received excellent reviews about his entree of Shark Bay scallops, yuzu, wakame and salmon roe, as well as his main dish of roasted duck leg with pumpkin, pepitas and beurre noisette (brown butter).
How much does a helicopter winery lunch at Meletos cost? A helicopter tour to Meletos in the Yarra Valley is priced at $790 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter tour and three course lunch menu with a drink.
You can also purchase a Gift Voucher for a Winery Lunch by Helicopter to Meletos for that special someone.
Summary: Meletos Restaurant is a popular destination for fine dining and lunch in the Yarra Valley by helicopter, and also caters to casual drinks at the Meletos Brewhouse, a relaxing massage at the Meletos Day Spa (Il Massagio) or even a weekend stay at their boutique accommodation venue, Meletos Farmhouse.
3. Zonzo Winery in the Yarra Valley
Location: Zonzo Estate, 957 Healesville-Yarra Glen Rd, Yarra Glen VIC 3775
Open: Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday for Lunch
Zonzo Estate is a stunning winery, restaurant and wedding venue that is home to arguably the best family-style Italian food in the Yarra Valley.
Located in Yarra Glen, Zonzos owner Rod Micallef set out in 2007 to create a relaxed atmosphere for a traditional Italian family dining experience surrounded by rolling vineyards in the Yarra Valley and the reviews suggest Zonzo has done just that, offering one of the best winery lunches in the Yarra Valley.
Lunch bookings at Zonzo are hard to get but worth pursuing as you enjoy spectacular views of Yarra Glen before your helicopter lands at Zonzo, just a few steps from the entrance to Zonzos restaurant, where you’ll enjoy typical Italian family-style sharing dishes such as arancini, baked meatballs, burrata and antipasti for starters, all matched to Zonzo Estate wines.
What to order: Try the traditional Italian dishes which make Zonzo famous like slow-cooked lamb, in wine and mushrooms with roasted potatoes, followed by a wood-fired pizza with smoked Tasmanian salmon, sautéed leek and berry capers before finishing your lunch experience with an orange-infused panna cotta dessert, with Cointreau and orange syrup.
How much does a helicopter winery lunch at Zonzo cost? A helicopter winery lunch to Zonzo in the Yarra Valley is priced at $890 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter rides and your shared Italian lunch menu including antipastos, wood-fired pizza and a main dish with salad.
You can also purchase a Gift Voucher for a Winery Lunch by Helicopter to Zonzo to celebrate a special occasion.
Summary: Zonzo Winery is hard to beat — Stunning views, a relaxed atmosphere and a wholesome lunch menu matched to estate wines make Zonzo the ideal destination in the Yarra Valley for a helicopter winery lunch.
4. Four Pillars Gin Distillery in the Yarra Valley
Location: Four Pillars Gin Distillery, 2A Lilydale Rd, Healesville VIC 3777
Open: Monday to Sunday for Gin Tasting
Not strictly a winery, however the Four Pillars Gin Distillery in Healesville has quickly become a must-visit destination in the Yarra Valley for lovers of good gin and offers an exciting alternative to a traditional helicopter wine tour and winery lunch.
Four Pillars Distillery is the home of Australia’s number one craft spirit, Pour Pillars Gin, and a tour of the Healesville Distillery allows you to experience a tasting of all the gins in the Four Pillars range with gin and tonic paddles as well as offering a selection of cocktails, local beer and wine and a food menu including olives, nuts and cheese plates.
You can enjoy one of two gin tasting tours when you arrive at Four Pillars. The first, the Distillery Gin Masterclass, walks you through the distilling process to make a batch of Rare Dry Gin, and the second, the Healesville Maker Session, allows you to create your very own bottle of gin that will be posted to your home after your trip.
What to order: You will get to taste the entire range of Pour Pillars Gin in a Gin Masterclass or Maker Session and we’d especially recommend tasting Four Pillar’s classic Rare Dry Gin with hints of orange, the Navy Strength Gin with tones of ginger and lime and also the Bloody Shiraz Gin with a striking reddish-purple colour made with shiraz grapes from the Yarra Valley.
How much does a gin tasting by helicopter at Four Pillars Distillery cost? A helicopter ride and distillery tour to Four Pillars Gin in the Yarra Valley is priced at $840 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter rides and your choice of Distillery Gin Masterclass or Healesville Maker Session.
There are also Gift Vouchers available for Gin Tasting Tours by Helicopter to Four Pillars Distillery available.
Summary: Four Pillars recently expanded their Gin Distillery in the Yarra Valley in 2022 to create an amazing atmosphere with gin tours that bring you even closer to the gin distilling process and also offer a matching food menu if you’re craving a light lunch. This is the only destination in the Yarra Valley (and in Australia!) where you can fly by helicopter to Four Pillars Gin to enjoy their signature gin tasting experience.
5. Beers, Burgers & Gin in the Yarra Valley
Location: Watts River Brewery, Monroe’s Burgers and Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville
Open: Monday to Sunday for Beers, Burgers & Gin
Beers, Burgers & Gin is an exclusive lunch tour by helicopter exploring the best non-winery destinations in one of the most iconic towns in the Yarra Valley, Healesville.
A helicopter charter from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley for wine tasting is a popular choice, however a Beers, Burgers & Gin tour offers a more down-to-earth experience for the rest of us who enjoy good craft beer, a great burger and Australia’s best gin.
Be chauffeured between a brewery, burger joint and distillery for an afternoon of beer tasting paddles, never-before-seen burger creations and a curated tasting of award-winning Four Pillars Gins.
What to order: At Watts River Brewery you’ll definitely want to sample the IPA, Stout and Blonde Ales. At Monroe’s Burgers you can’t go past the Deep South for fried chicken or the El Diablo if you like it hot, accompanied by Triple Cheese & Truffle Fries. At Four Pillars Distillery a gin tour wouldn’t be complete without tasting Rare Dry Gin, Navy Strength Gin and the striking Bloody Shiraz Gin.
How much does a brewery and distillery tour with lunch for Beers, Burgers & Gin cost? A helicopter tour to Beers, Burgers & Gin in the Yarra Valley starts at $970 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter charter flights to Healesville and your beer paddle, burger and gin tasting experiences.
Gift Vouchers for the Beers, Burgers & Gin Helicopter Tour are the perfect gift for that boyfriend or husband who love their beers and spirits and aren’t afraid to get their hands dirty.
Summary: Beers, Burgers & Gin by helicopter is guaranteed to be the least pretentious helicopter tour in the Yarra Valley and the perfect alternative to a wine tour or winery lunch without all the fancy.
6. Jack Rabbit Winery on the Bellarine Peninsula
Location: Jack Rabbit, 85 McAdams Ln, Bellarine VIC 3221
Open: Monday to Sunday for Lunch
Jack Rabbit Winery is a 35 minute scenic flight by helicopter from Melbourne and the perfect location to escape for a helicopter wine tour and sophisticated lunch in a modern contemporary winery sitting atop the Bellarine Peninsula.
Arrive at Jack Rabbit by helicopter for a private landing on the dedicated helipad nestled within their vineyard and take a short stroll through the vineyard before arriving at Jack Rabbit Restaurant.
Giving new meaning to the term “fine-dining”, a lunch experience at Jack Rabbit Restaurant includes spectacular water views over Geelong, the You Yangs and Melbourne and is accompanied by an exquisite lunch menu matched to cool-climate wines that the Jack Rabbit vineyard is known for.
What to order: Known as the “gastronomic showpiece” of the Bellarine Peninsula, Jack Rabbit Restaurant has several sophisticated lunch dishes worth trying including smoked kangaroo loin, confit duck leg and a warm pear and ginger quinoa cake. The cellar door offering also doesn’t disappoint with the Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Sauvignon Blanc, Rosé & Cabernet Shiraz being our cold-climate wine favourites.
How much does a helicopter winery lunch at Jack Rabbit cost? A helicopter winery lunch to Jack Rabbit on the Bellarine Peninsula starts at $990 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter charter flights from Melbourne with lunch and wine priced separately.
A Gift Voucher for a winery lunch by helicopter to Jack Rabbit makes for an amazing gift that is well suited to a special occasion like an upcoming wedding anniversary.
Summary: Jack Rabbit is a sophisticated winery destination offering great wine, spectacular food and some of the best water views you can get at a winery lunch just outside Melbourne.
7. Terindah Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula
Location: Terindah Estate, 90 McAdams Ln, Bellarine VIC 3223
Open: Thursday to Monday for Lunch
Terindah Estate is a boutique winery on the Bellarine Peninsula offering one of the most scenic wine tasting and winery lunch experiences on the Bellarine following a quick and spectacular 35 minute helicopter flight from Melbourne.
Terindah Estate’s restaurant, The Shed, offers breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay, the You Yangs Ranges and the Melbourne City skyline along with an à la carte lunch menu matched with Terindah’s estate-made wines bottled between 2018 and 2021.
Terindah Estate is an amazing wine tour and winery lunch destination by helicopter offering a rare combination of spectacular water views, award-winning wines and a gourmet lunch menu with ingredients sourced right from Terindah’s own property and the waters of Corio Bay.
What to order: The Shed @ Terindah offers a refined à la carte lunch menu including lamb rib with pistachio, salmon ceviche, pork belly infused with apple and local Portarlington mussels, caught next door in Corio Bay. Terindah is well known for its estate-made wines including Pinot Gris, Pinot Noir, Rose, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Zinfandel.
How much does a helicopter wine tour and winery lunch at Terindah Estate cost? A helicopter wine tour and winery lunch at Terindah Estate on the Bellarine Peninsula starts at $990 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter flights from Melbourne with lunch and wine priced separately.
A Gift Voucher for a helicopter winery lunch at Terindah Estate is perfect for an upcoming anniversary or special occasion where a day of luxury and indulgence is required.
Summary: Terindah Estate is a stunning destination for a wine tour or winery lunch and offers a rare combination of great wine, amazing food and spectacular views, all in the one location and all just a short helicopter flight from Melbourne.
8. Mitchelton Winery in Nagambie
Location: Mitchelton Wines, 470 Mitchellstown Rd, Nagambie VIC 3608
Open: Monday to Sunday for Lunch
Mitchelton Winery Estate is the pearl of the Nagambie region with loads to offer including a cellar door for wine tasting, modern-Australian restaurant for lunch, underground art gallery and on-site hotel and day spa.
When you escape to Mitchelton Winery by helicopter you’ll immediately recognise the 55 metre tall tower standing over Mitchelton’s sprawling winery as you fly over the Goulburn River for a private landing at Mitchelton Estate.
Begin with a 6 flight wine tour at Mitchelton’s cellar door, renowned for its shiraz and riesling blends made from popular Heathcote grapes, and begin your winery lunch at Mitchelton’s Muse Restaurant with a modern-Australian menu designed by Executive Chef Dan Hawkins.
What to order: Mitchelton's Restaurant, Muse, is described as an "authentic dining experience with beautiful food and warm, country hospitality" and this is definitely true with their lunch menu offering refined, wholesome dishes including our favourites the corn and manchego croquette, kangaroo backstrap, chilli and fennel crumbed pork cutlet and brussels sprouts.
How much does a helicopter wine tour and winery lunch at Mitchelton Winery cost? A helicopter wine tour and winery lunch to Mitchelton in the Nagambie region starts at $990 per person with Rotor One including return helicopter rides with lunch and wine priced separately.
You can also purchase a Gift Voucher for a Winery Lunch by Helicopter to Mitchelton to celebrate a special occasion.
Summary: Mitchelton Winery is a stunning location for a helicopter wine tour and winery lunch with a friendly cellar door, wholesome restaurant lunch menu and an idyllic setting on the banks of the Goulburn River. With the added bonus of a rare art gallery and observation tower on the property, every trip to Mitchelton is an amazing experience.