Research shows that experiences bring people more happiness than do possessions and spending money on experiences is more likely to bring lasting happiness than spending money on material objects. People don't get sick of memories; on the contrary, they’ll make people happier and happier as time goes on. One-off experiences are looked back upon with joy that only increases and this is why a Mornington Peninsula Plunge wine tour with Arthur O'Bryan is such an inspired gift.
A tour with Arthur goes way beyond your well-worn cellar door crawl. His personal contacts turn any wine tasting into a one-on-one with the winemaker, a farmgate tour into a behind-the-scenes visit and lunch into a regionally inspired feast. Any Mornington Peninsula Plunge tour will keep on giving long after a set of new golf clubs give up.
On the Future Directions in Wine and Food tour, Arthur visits his wife, winemaker Geraldine McFaul in the privacy of her barrel room at Willow Creek Vineyards to taste the latest vintage. Then it's onto Yabby Lake and Moorooduc Estate for whole-bunch and wild yeast fermented wines of genuine personality. Later in the day the group enjoys fresh mussels plucked from the briny of Western Port Bay. A feast is had beside the ocean where guests share local wines and regional goodies and the chance sighting of a pod of bottle nosed dolphins. Down on the beach, guests roll up their trousers and sip Moorooduc Estate Chardonnay while splashing about in the shallows and communing with nature. This tactile moment puts a single vineyard Pinot Noir tasting into second place as the day’s most memorable experience.
Arthur's winemaker friends are willing to take the extra step with a tasting experience and all they want in return is people to be genuinely interested in the wine they’ve spent their lives making. His focus is getting people to the heart and soul of the region, meeting artisans, dropping by farm gates and picking up the best locally grown produce.
The aim of personalised tours is to provide more understanding of the land, its produce and its people. All guests have to do is commit to shedding their work-day skin and become a curious traveller again. See. Do. Eat. Drink. Explore. Run the full gamut of experience. A day out like this will ultimately make you smarter and happier. Why spend your money on anything else?