There are wine tours and there are gourmet experiences. There are tour operators who hang out the front of the cellar door strangling mobile phones with stale tobacco breath and there is Arthur O’Bryan, a regional authority who offers personalised adventures and wine commentary that goes way beyond your average cellar door crawl.
After twenty years of thoughtful and questing wine tastings, Arthur knows what people like to drink. Knowing what to look for is the key, as there are plenty of wines out there but only a few truly great ones. As Mornington wine tourism matures, Arthur's personalised tours introduce visitors to a world where inside knowledge and contacts turn a day-trip into a fabulous wine adventure.
Inspired by regionality and the synergy between local produce and wine, Arthur organises a visit to a winemaker's vineyard followed by a tasting in their barrel room. A short drive to Flinders and Harry’s mussel boat, moored at the pier, provides a feast of fresh mussels, cooked and served in a restaurant with other local delicacies and paired with the perfect chilled wine. After 20 years in the wine industry, Arthur sees himself as a facilitator for people wanting the finer things in life. “I aim to create unique experiences, so all people need do is relax and enjoy. They get in-depth knowledge and access throughout the region.