Category Archives: Yarra Valley

TarraWarra, Yarra Valley (No Cistercian monks = no beer room)

TarraWarra Estate was established in 1983 by the Besen family on the land originally owned by the founder of The Age , David Syme. Nearby, the Cistercian monks established their order, but if the monks at TarraWarra Abbey had drawn on … Continue reading

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Rochford Winery, Yarra Valley (Our day on the greens without Segways)

If you’re headed down to Day On The Green in the Yarra Valley, then you will be enjoying the fresh summer lawns of Rochford winery. With Jimmy Barnes lined-up in December and Angel & Cheap Trick in February, there is … Continue reading

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Domaine Chandon, Yarra Valley (No picnics, but antique cars permitted on the grass)

Respect the grass, unless you’re a beautiful antique motorcar in which case, trample all over my body! The sun was out after a week of rain, and I had scored a free ride on the UoM wine society bus. Designated driver – … Continue reading

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Oakridge Local Vineyard Series 2012, Yarra Valley

I dropped by Oakridge Wines in the Yarra Valley on the weekend while I was visiting Healesville Sanctuary. David Bicknell has a fantastic track record of turning out fine Chardonnays so no better time then the present to drop by … Continue reading

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Healesville Sanctuary in winter, wood-fired pizza at Innocent Bystander (Yarra Valley)

Winter feels like it has decided to settle in Melbourne. Heading out into the Yarra Valley, it was a brisk 9 degC in the morning, and the area was clouded in mist with dark rain clouds in the distant Northern … Continue reading

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