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Friday 27 January 2017

Flying high: a great way to explore the Grampians

The best way to get a full view of the vineyards of the Grampians and the Pyrenees is on a flight with recent arrivals to Stawell, Grampians Helicopters.

Headed by flying fanatic Justin Neofitou and his wife Justine, Grampians Helicopters has a large range of trips to gourmet destinations, and can also put together bespoke tours.

Neofitou, who has worked in Ayers Rock and Darwin, is also a wine enthusiast, full of local knowledge.

The Grampians Wine Tours offer spectacular views of the Grampians National Park as well as visits to Best's, including a cellar tour, and Montara Wines, near Ararat, for a wine tasting and local produce tasting plate. This tour lasts around 3 ½ hours.

Another option is a Pyrenees Wine Tour that includes stops at leading wineries Mount Langhi Ghiran, Blue Pyrenees (with a seasonal produce platter) and Dalwhinnie, which lasts around 4 ½ hours.

There are also lunch tours to destinations including Deirdre's at Laharum Grove, an organic olive grove, and to the Royal Mail Hotel at Dunkeld. Short flights can also be arranged. 

Grampians Helicopters, Aerodrome Rd, Stawell. 0438 981 438.

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