Food and wine are so connected that we can’t (or wont) do one without the other. At our Yarra Valley vineyard, our Italian-style ‘Locale’ restaurant has been in operation for 25 years (yikes, I am really showing my age now). For us it is all about showcasing our wines with food and for that same reason we have set up a Cheese shop and maturation room within our Cellar Door Sales.
Adam Mead, our head chef makes delicious food, sourcing as much locally as he can, growing as much as he can and relying on good produce from reliable sources. I must say, it speaks volumes to see the contented look on customers faces after dining in the restaurant. Autumn is such a lovely time to visit too. You could be dining in the restaurant, supping on our 2012 Shiraz whilst seeing the 2015 Shiraz being harvested right outside the window. Now isn’t that worth a visit!
Just in case you are interested, the restaurant (which has undergone some recent renovations) is open from Thursday to Monday for lunch as well as Saturday night for dinner. Phone 03 5965 2271 or book online at debortoliyarra.com.au. Hope to see you soon
Leanne de Bortoli
In my glass....
I love this wine. When we decided to add a Pinot Gris blend to the La Boheme Range, one could have thought that even Dame Nellie Melba would have approved of it. After all it was one of her favourite operas to perform. Named ‘Act 3′ in the range , the Pinot Gris is backed up by Riesling and Geuwrztraminer and the result is a beautifully aromatic white wine. Very enjoyable on its own but quite chummy with salmon or chicken.
Not doing anything this weekend ? For this weekend (the 27th and 28th July), along with next weekend (3rd and 4th August), don your favourite gumboots and come out to our Yarra Valley Cellar Door for a tour with a difference! Take a self-guided walk through the vineyard to discover a few interesting (and irrelevant) facts on growing grapes. Free of charge and for those who are game to brave the elements there are special offers and prizes. Gumboots (or other appropriate footwear) are essential, moderate fitness is recommended, along with plenty of good humour. Afterwards treat yourself to a cheese and wine tasting or a relaxing lunch in our restaurant. Cellar Door is open from 10am to 5pm. Phone (03) 5965 2271