The BEST Helicopter Wine Tours in the Yarra Valley
The most exciting way to experience the best wine and food Victoria has to offer, is on a helicopter winery tour in the Yarra Valley.
Helicopter wine tours are designed to treat you to a VIP winery experience with scenic helicopter flights, wine tasting at renowned Yarra Valley cellar doors and a gourmet three (or more!) course lunch in award-winning restaurants.
Then there's your personal pilot who will fly you from Melbourne by helicopter and make a private landing at the winery of your choosing, just a stone's throw away from the winery restaurant and cellar door where a gourmet lunch and wine tasting awaits you.
Taking in the spectacular views from a helicopter is an experience that will leave you speechless, and the exquisite food and wine on offer in the Yarra Valley will be something you'll want to keep coming back for.
Why should you visit the Yarra Valley for a winery experience?
Just a stone’s throw from Melbourne, is one of the oldest wine regions in Australia, boasting an astonishing vista full of vineyards, rolling green pastures, and the majestic Dandenong Ranges looming on the horizon.
A helicopter flight is the best way to explore the Yarra Ranges, allowing you to marvel at the natural beauty and learn about the rich history of wine production from the many cellar door tours on offer, not to mention sampling a few glasses of wine yourself.
For more recommendations on helicopter wine tours in the Bellarine Peninsula, Mornington Peninsula and Nagambie regions, see our guide to the best winery tours by helicopter from Melbourne.
What are the different ways to explore the Yarra Valley?
Wine tours can include a visit to a single winery for wine tasting and lunch, or perhaps involve multiple vineyards allowing you to compare and contrast different wine blends from across the region.
There are several modes of transport you can take to embark on a wine tour and explore the region.
1. Drive to the different wineries by car.
The Yarra Valley is 1.5 hours by car from the Melbourne CBD. This is one of the easiest ways to explore the region.
Driving to the Yarra Valley gives you the chance to have plenty of stops to enjoy beautiful spots along the way or stop off in different towns such a Coldstream or Healesville, and visit out-of-the-way venues including cute cafes, artisan cheese shops and the famous chocolaterie.
Your drive will also pass by acres of rolling vineyards throughout the Yarra Ranges countryside.
2. On a guided tour where you travel in a luxury bus.
A guided bus tour allows you to experience the Yarra Valley with a the help of an experienced tour guide. Enjoy a serene drive from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley for a winery lunch.
Some bus tour operators offer packaged deals which offer you the chance to visit multiple wineries or locations in the region as a group or will multiple guests.
The benefit of a guided tour is that you will learn about the history of the region and be guided at every step of the tour.
3. Fly by helicopter and land directly at your favourite Yarra Valley Winery.
Looking for something out of the ordinary? Take a private helicopter flight from Melbourne and land at a designated helipad at your favourite winery in the Yarra Valley.
Our private flight will depart Essendon Airport in a luxury helicopter that's reserved exclusively for you and your guests.
As you take off with Melbourne CBD in the distance, you'll have beautiful aerial views of regional Victoria, Yarra Valley wineries and Mt Dandenong.
On approach to the winery you'll be spoiled with spectacular aerials view of the vineyard and before landing right next to the restaurant or cellar door – A grand entrance that can only be made in a helicopter!
A helicopter ride from Melbourne to the Yarra Valley is a premium and exclusive experience that takes a winery lunch and cellar door tour to a whole new level.
Why fly to the Yarra Valley by Helicopter?
You get amazing views from a helicopter: No matter how beautiful the scenery may be from the ground, it’s always better from above. You’ll swoop through the Yarra Valley taking in the countryside from a unique perspective while reclining in your window seat on your scenic flight. Take as many photos and videos as you like to impress your friends and family.
It's the perfect gift for loved ones: A helicopter wine tour is the ideal birthday gift for a friend, partner, or relative. It’s the perfect present for the person who already has it all and is looking for a unique and private tour in a way they've never experienced before.
You'll remember it the rest of your life: A luxury helicopter flight is an experience you will never forget. From take-off to touchdown, you and your loved ones will create an unbreakable bond that will last a lifetime.
It's the ultimate romantic experience for 2 people: There are few things more romantic than flying in a helicopter over one of the most astounding wine regions in the world with your loved one at your side. You’ll dine on gourmet local food while trying a selection of superb wines grown in the Yarra Valley. What better way to celebrate an anniversary, or propose to your partner in style?
What are the 7 best Helicopter Wine Tours in Yarra Valley?
The 7 best wine tours by helicopter in the Yarra Valley are:
We've reviewed the best helicopter wine tours below. Which helicopter flight will you choose?
1. Levantine Hill Estate
Taking off from the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, your helicopter flight will take you over the rooftops of the eastern suburbs and follow the Yarra River as it winds inlands past Lilydale and Coldstream towards Levantine Hill.
The Levantine Hill winery is a premium wine brand that is world-renowned despite being one of the newest wineries in the Yarra Valley.
The winemakers take pride in the passion and hard work they put into each and every wine, from rich Cabernet Sauvignons to dry Syrahs.
After you arrive on the front lawn of Levantine Hill, you’ll be instantly greeted with a decadent tasting menu, consisting of either five or seven courses depending on how hungry you are.
In our experience, our guests are never left feeling hungry after a Levantine Hill degustation menu and your lunch experience also includes a 3 flight wine tasting.
The shared Mediterranean-themed dining experience features lovingly prepared dishes such as Harissa-glazed lamb rump with black garlic baba ghanoush and a burnt grape jus.
Your meal will be immediately followed by a three flight wine tasting and a tour of the vineyard before returning by helicopter to Melbourne.
Prices start at $990 per person.
2. Hubert Estate & St Hubert's Cellar Door
If you’re looking for an exclusive helicopter ride that has been tailored from start to finish, the Hubert Estate wine tour by helicopter is the perfect package.
Founded in 1862, the estate is one of the oldest wineries in the Yarra Valley, and is the reason Yarra Valley has become a pilgrimage for wine lovers and gourmands worldwide.
The estate has been producing some of the world’s best wine for more than a century under the famous St Hubert's The Stag brand.
Over the course of your 4 hour experience, you and your companions will receive the royal treatment.
Upon landing, a short stroll will lead you to the iconic St Hubert's cellar door whose striking architecture emerges straight from the hillside.
An eight glass wine tasting tour will allow you to experience some of the finest wines produced by the estate, accompanied by a light cheese platter.
You will then head to your reserved table at the award-winning Quarters restaurant to sample a gourmet tasting menu consisting of delicious Australian-European inspired dishes, with some more wine on the side and some tea and coffee for good measure.
After lunch you’ll have the opportunity to take a walk around the winery, making sure to visit Hubert Estate’s very own art gallery before settling into your helicopter seat for your flight home.
The Hubert Estate tour has a lot to offer and is the best choice for those who want a luxurious and exclusive experience in a picturesque location.
The destination is rich in history as one of the oldest venues in the region, has a strong wine-making tradition with the St Hubert's The Stag wine blends and introduces a unique culture with their rare collection of aboriginal artwork in their gallery.
Prices start at $840 per person.
3. Zonzo Estate
The Zonzo winery lunch is perfect for those looking for more of a relaxed day out.
As well as a winery, the estate also combines a restaurant, wedding venue, and working farm with sweeping views of rolling pastures and distant hills of the Yarra Ranges.
Your helicopter will land outside the entrance to the Zonzo restaurant, a fantastic eatery serving authentic Italian dishes paired with beautiful wines from Zonzo estate.
A Zonzo lunch experience is an Italian-led, family love affair served from farm-to-table including antipasti, wood-fired pizzas, home-made pasta and slow-roasted lamb and potatoes.
Choose any of Zonzo’s hand crafted wines with which to pair your meal, and enjoy your leisurely lunch experience in the gorgeous sunshine on the Yarra Glenn hillside.
Prices start at $960 per person.
4. Meletos Restaurant
Meletos Restaurant and it's sister venue The Stones of the Valley is one of the most well-known establishments in the region with history dating back to the agricultural industry of the 1800s.
Landing on the back garden of the wonderful Meletos restaurant, your three course lunch will involve a Tuscan-inspired menu set against the mesmerising backdrop of the Great Dividing Range.
Tuck into a range of locally-sourced delights along with a glass of wine or beer brewed in the onsite brewery.
This tour is a great option for those interested in the history of the region, or who wish to have a little more choice of food options including vegetarian, seafood and meat options.
Prices start at $960 per person.
5. Rochford Wines
The Rochford Wines tour also includes a scenic helicopter ride, during which you will cruise at 1500 feet over vineyards with aerial views of the charming townships of Lilydale, Coldstream and Mount Dandenong.
Enjoy a wine tour in this quaint family-owned winery and learn all about the varied history of the estate and their traditional wine-making process.
A gourmet 3 course lunch and wine tasting will follow at Rochford winery, where you will sample gorgeous French-Mediterranean dishes that combine traditional flavours with a contemporary twist.
For a simpler dining experience, Rochford Wines also offer the Il Vigneto Pizzeria.
Il Vigneto serves up deliciously authentic, smoky woodfired pizzas from a separate, purpose built venue within the Rochford Wines estate.
If you want to experience the best views the region has to offer with a wide variety of lunch and food options, a helicopter flight to Rochford Wines might be the perfect option.
Prices start at $920 per person.
6. Four Pillars Distillery 2.0
Not everyone has to love wine, and if you’re more of a spirit-drinker than a vino connoisseur, you will love the Four Pillars Distillery 2.0 tour.
You’ll visit this world famous gin distillery, renowned for producing one of Australia’s most loved spirit brands — Four Pillars Gin.
After arriving by helicopter, you’ll be escorted to the private mezzanine where your gin masterclass will begin.
Your experience starts with a comprehensive tasting of five award-winning gins, learning about the distilling process from expert gin makers along the way.
You’ll also get to try your hand at making your own gin too, which you can take home with you along with a branded Four Pillars goody bag.
If you’re a hardcore gin lover, you won’t want to miss this experience at the brand new Four Pillars Distillery in Healesville.
Prices start at $930 per person.
7. Beers, Burgers, and Gin in the Yarra Valley
Probably the most down-to-earth version of a helicopter wine tour in existence, the Beers, Burgers, and Gin package is more akin to a helicopter pub crawl and ideal for couples and groups looking for a laidback, non-pretentious experience.
Depart Melbourne and fly to Healesville where you'll begin the most unique journey and culinary experience available as your search for the best BEERS, best BURGERS and best GIN begins.
Your first stop is Watts River Brewery, a renowned craft brewery in Healesville, to sample some of their incredible local IPAs, stouts, and pale ales.
Your next destination for lunch is the legendary Monroe’s Burgers for the best burgers in Australia.
Choose from one of their ingenious creations and with vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options available, you'll be left feeling extremely satisfied.
The final stop on your tour is the Four Pillars distillery, where you’ll enjoy a relaxed tasting of five different varieties of the award-winning Four Pillars Gin.
Take the atmosphere at Four Pillar's new Healesville distillery before heading back to the chopper for your return helicopter flight back to Melbourne.
Prices start at $990 per person.
What is the best Yarra Valley helicopter flight and winery experience in Victoria?
Our unique selection of Yarra Valley helicopter flights offers something for absolutely everyone.
Combine adventure, fascinating history, fine dining, and wine tasting into the perfect package with a wine and food experience by helicopter from Melbourne.
A difficult decision, but if you had to choose just ONE winery to visit, we'd recommend:
Hubert Estate - The most exclusive winery lunch package in the Yarra Valley.
Hubert's has the richest history in the Yarra, most renowned wine blends with St Hubert's The Stag, and the unique art gallery adds a twist of culture that simply isn't available anywhere else.
The Hubert Estate Tour is truly a once-in-a-lifetime excursion made even more spectacular with a private helicopter flight.
Beers, Burgers & Gin - The most bespoke and unashamedly raw tour to be found along the Yarra River.
Combining a small, under-rated brewery like Watts River, with the hole-in-the-wall feel of Monroe's Burgers and the unmistakable brand of Four Pillars Gin, is simply a match made in heaven.
This Beers, Burgers & Gin experience is designed for anyone and everyone who prefer to visit the Yarra Valley without needing to wear loafers or a polo shirt.
Which helicopter companies fly to the Yarra Valley for winery lunch tours?
Rotor One is the #1 rated helicopter company in Melbourne and offers a wide range of helicopter rides and scenic flights from Melbourne to the Yarra Region.
See their selection of Yarra Valley Helicopter Wine Tours for more information about booking a helicopter flight to one of best winery experiences in Victoria.