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It's been one of those weeks at work --
you've had dozens of meetings, deadlines
galore and the boss is on your back about
upsizing a new project. Don't you wish you
could simply jump in the car and get away
from all the stress?
Well, you can! Just an hour's drive from the
hustle and bustle of Melbourne lies the pic-
turesque Yarra Valley and at the heart of the
valley you'll discover Balgownie Estate. This
gorgeous vineyard also boasts a stunning resort
whose aim is to cater for guests' every whim.
Whether you want to be pampered in the
spa or simply laze in the sunshine with a
good book, you’ll ﬁnd plenty to enjoy at
Balgownie. Established in 1969, Balgownie
Estate is one of the Yarra Valley's premier
boutique vineyards. In 1999, brothers and
passionate wine lovers Des and Rod For-
rester bought the Estate from Stuart Ander-
son and set about refurbishing the vineyards
and winery. The reputation of the vineyard
soon took off and Des and Rodd purchased
the Yarra Valley site and began planting a
seven hectare vineyard and building to de-
liver what is now a cellar door, restaurant,
conference centre and 65 one bedroom spa
suite accommodations plus a state of the art
General manager Ross Greenaway, who
has been working at Balgownie for several
years, believes the foray into luxury accom-
modation has proved a boon not just for the
vineyard but visitors as well. The resort style
accommodation is a perfect ﬁt to the vine-
yards' idyllic surrounds.
Ross believes the Mercure Yarra Valley
Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort and Spa
provides a guest with "the ultimate in in-
dulgence." He feels that the resort's "holis-
tic approach to holidaying with health and
wellbeing playing an equally important part
as food and wine" are integral to the resort's
success. According to Ross, guests often
ﬁnd their visit to Balgownie an “unforget-
table getaway experience."
Of course the resort's extensive facilities
deﬁnitely have a lot to offer. Whether you’re
looking for a delectable meal or a relaxing
spa, Balgownie is happy to provide. Guests
can indulge in pampering at the day spa or
health club with a steam room, heated ex-
perience pool, gymnasium and tennis courts,
get outdoors on the walking trails or rise to
new heights with spectacular hot air balloon
and chopper ﬂights across the valley.
Then there's the suites; with their king
beds, luxury linens, comfy bathrobes and
slippers and indulgent spa baths... if you're
looking for a romantic getaway or simply a
weekend chillout with the girls Balgownie can
tailor make a package so you can unwind.
For a sublime dinner, romance each other at
Rae's Restaurant, where the vigneron selects
exceptional Balgownie Estate wines to match
the menu which has a strong focus on locally
sourced fresh produce. The Cellar Door offers
the full range of wines for tasting, complimen-
tary of course, including ﬂagship wines and
an extensive list of museum release wines for
purchase, perfect for that special occasion.
Venture from the resort and you'll soon dis-
cover that the Yarra Valley has much to offer
for tourists or locals alike. According to Ross
there are a host of other attractions in the area.
Rise and shine early and enjoy magniﬁcent
views of the Yarra Valley from above with hot
air balloon or chopper ﬂights, plus there’s lo-
cal winery tours, museums, galleries, antiques,
markets and more, all waiting to be explored at
leisure. Take a trip on the old style steam train,
visit one of the best independent breweries in
the nation, Coldstream Brewery, or grab your
nine iron for a round on the greens. Mercure
Yarra Valley Balgownie Estate Vineyard Re-
sort and spa provides the perfect getaway any
time of year.
Contact Balgownie Estate Vineyard Resort
and Spa today about tailoring the perfect
experience. Unwind and enjoy the resort's
ne hospitality rst hand, from $260 per
suite per night. Visit balgownieestate.com.
au or email enquiry@balgownieestate.
Check out our promo page for your chance
to win a getaway with three of your mates!
Wine, dine and unwind
Balgownie Estate delivers ﬁne wine and ﬁne living...
By Rebel Wilson.
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