OHO in ISO: John Harris from Mitchell Harris Wines

After 8 years at Domaine Chandon, working with winemaking teams from all over the world, John had the desire to create his own brand. After moving back home to Ballarat and joining forces with his wine-loving in-laws, the Mitchells, Mitchell Harris was born.

What is happening with the restaurant business at this stage?

Apart from a couple of days at the start of the crisis, we have been able to keep our doors open, although trading under a very different business model. During the two days that we were closed, we remodelled our bar into the Mitchell Harris Take Away Wine and Convenience Store, and our kitchen team created a new Take Away & Heat at Home menu. One of our bar managers is baking bread and we’ve been able to keep our whole permanent and part-time team on board, doing deliveries, taking orders, cleaning, doing maintenance and even making donuts!

How did harvest go and what impact has the lockdown had on this part of the business?

Luckily, we had just finished harvest by the time the first lockdown laws were announced, and we handpicked the last blocks practising early safe distancing. Yields were considerably lower this year but the quality is very high. 

Sadly the lockdown laws prevented the Curious Winemaker program team from coming together to help press off their batch of Pyrenees Shiraz. However, Craig (Mitchell), our kids and I, got our hands dirty and pressed it off whilst we live streamed the process via Instagram and WhatsApp.

How do you think things will go for Ballarat once restrictions are downgraded?

There will be some short-term, acute pain for some no doubt, but the long term growth prospects for Ballarat are still very good. We have seen our sense of community strengthen during the pandemic with greater connection between local business and the community. 

Perhaps people will reassess their desire to live in densely populated urban environments and will realise that they can work at home or remotely.  Ballarat with its world-class education and medical facilities, growing industry sector and thriving hospitality scene will continue to shine and prosper.

How do you stay positive in this time?

I guess for the first few weeks, amongst all the unknown and the fear, we had the somewhat perverse feeling of exhilaration as we essentially started a new business. All of a sudden we were thrust into start-up mode and peddled frantically to turn our winemaking and wine bar business into a takeaway delivery model. 

We have been overwhelmed with the amount of support we have received from our regular customers, our fellow hospitality colleagues and the community in general. Being able to deliver the same Mitchell Harris service and quality into peoples homes and to keep putting smiles on their faces has been immensely rewarding.

What have you been watching or reading in iso?

Sadly, I haven’t necessarily had any additional spare time. Between business survival and homeschooling, I have read a lot of spreadsheets and financial reports but also a couple of brilliant Tim Winton books, The Shepherd’s Hut and The Boy Behind the Curtain. At home in the evenings I’ve been raiding the cellar and watching the new series of Ozark, Life After Death and revisiting The Fall on Netflix and we were captivated by The Capture on ABC iView.


Details:

Mitchell Harris
38 Doveton St, North Ballarat

Mitchell Harris is currently doing take-away and delivery to homes around Ballarat. The venue will be reopening to a limited number from June 1. Check their socials for updates.

The best booze deals to get you through quarantine

As always in any national emergency, the most important thing is to stay calm and be positive. And what better way to do that is with some bloody good booze delivered right to your door.

Lucky for us, we live within delivery range of some of the best brewers, distillers and winemakers on the planet. Even better, is that some of them have put together fantastic deals to make quarantine just that little bit more enjoyable.

So support local and order direct, life’s too short to be drinking crappy wine!

BusinessRegionDealDetailsLink
Trofeo EstateMornington PeninsulaHarlot's Desire range discountedMixed six packs of our Harlot’s Desire range available for only $90 or twelve for $180 including Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz varieties.Website
Blue Gables Vineyard GippslandSelf Isolation Saviour Deal.Shop online and receive 20% discount on any 6+ wines purchased plus free shipping.Website
Spots DropYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesHowl! Pinot Noir for $21! Fetch!Handpicked fruit from a small, single pinot noir vineyard* in the Yarra Valley. Entirely delicious, heavier style, barrel aged from 2015 vintage. Naturally ready to enjoy now. *Spot is the family dog who runs the vineyardWebsite
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Seville Hill WineryYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesDeal of century. Buy any 12 bottles get 30% off and free delivery anywhere in Australia. Website
Rob Dolan WinesYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesRob Dolan Wines SUPPORTSMALL Free shipping on all online orders, enter shipping code SUPPORTSMALL at the checkout.Website
WINE AND THE COUNTRYDaylesford and Macedon RangesQuarantine 6erCheap & cheerful because all our recycling bins are filling up pretty fast with empty bottles. Here's some great value drinking from local & afar...because the whole world is struggling right now...but also, we want to drink fucking good booze. Consists of the following: 1x Umberto Luigi Prosecco (Italy) 1x Latta 'Granite' Riesling (Mt Alexander) 1 x Fatalone 'Spinomarino' Greco (Italy) 1x Latta 'Tranquil' Rosé (Pyrenees) 1x Appellation Pinot Noir (Ballarat) 1x Mono Mina Red Blend (Western VIC)Website
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Dal Zotto WinesVictoria's High-countryFree Delivery NowWe have waived all delivery costs on all orders for 6 bottles or more...we'll hold this deal for as long as we can so please order soon...Website
John Gehrig WinesVictoria's High-countryGo Cab Merlot Crazzy!6 pack of our 2012 Cabernet Merlot for $130 instead of $180 ( Plus freight)Website
Rocky Jones DistilleryMornington Peninsula15% off and free home deliveryValid for Melbourne and Mornington Peninsula customers only. Use code ONEHOUROUT15 at checkout.Website
Hunter-Gatherer WineryDaylesford and Macedon RangesBuy 6 sparkling, pay for 5. Also 10% off every other wineMix a six pack of prosecco and sparkling shiraz, save $35. Or, a straight 6 x Prosecco, save $35 or 6 x new release sparkling shiraz: save $40. All other wines 10% off.Website
Mt Duneed EstateGeelong and Bellarine Peninsula20% off Wine + Free delivery in VIC20% off all wine (excluding our PET/plastic bottle range which is only $139 per dozen). Minimum 12 bottle buy to qualify for FREE shipping in Victoria. Website
Rob Dolan WinesYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesContactless Delivery OptionsNeed to top up your wine supply but trying to minimise contact? We got you. We are now offering a multitude of contactless delivery options. You can now choose from one of our set packs: White Half-Dozen - $160 (save $6) Red Half-Dozen - $185 (save $13) Cellar Door Favourites Dozen - $300 (save $52) Signature Series Half-Dozen - $480 Or put together your own pack with all of your favourites! We’re offering contactless delivery to your car. You can now phone ahead, pay over the phone, park up, pop your boot and we will place your order directly inside. Alternatively, it is Rob’s shout for shipping until further notice! Take advantage of free shipping Australia wide for all online orders. Enter shipping code: SUPPORTSMALL at the checkout. Shop via the link: https://www.robdolanwines.com.au/shop/Website
Blue Gables VineyardGippslandOn-line Wine Sale20% Discount for 6+ Bottles including free delievery.Website
Warrabilla WinesVictoria's High-countryFree ShippingValid for orders over $100 and excluding our Smithy's rangeWebsite
Sailors Grave BrewingGippslandHibernation Hamper Hibernation Hamper: a mix of core range and special release beers to cushion your isolation bubble. Current mix includes Sou' East Draught, Drowned Man IPA, Down She Gose, Summer Pudding Cream Sour, Lemon Meringue Cream Sour and Biru Sake Kasu with Satsuma Plum.Website
OakdeneGeelong and Bellarine PeninsulaStay at home wines - 10% off + Free ShippingPurchase any 6 or more bottles of Oakdene Wines for 10% off plus FREE SHIPPING Australia Wide!Website
Jones Winery & VineyardVictoria's High-countrySpecial Easter Wine PackSpecial Price on 6 pack of our wines. We have your Easter wine selection sorted. Our delicious Sparkling Shiraz is the perfect way to kick off the celebrations. The Classic Rutherglen Muscat is a perfect way to finish on. There is a 2018 Marsanne/Roussanne to match you favourite fish dish if you are a traditionalist.. if you cannot keep away from the reds then there are two styles to choose from. If you are lucky enough to get your hands on some shellfish then the 2019 J6 Muscat Sec is a perfect match. For only $150.00 . Save over $20 with shipping included on this delicious selection of wines for Easter. 1 x Classic Rutherglen Muscat, 1 x NV Sparkling Shiraz, 1 x 2019 Muscat Sec, 1 x 2018 Marsanne/Roussanne, 1 x 2018 JW&V Shiraz, 1 x 2017 jtw ShirazWebsite
Red Hill BreweryMornington Peninsula20-30% off Craft BeerA range of offers on beer from the Mornington Peninsula's Original Craft BreweryWebsite
Cannibal Creek Vineyard GippslandCannibal Creek Hibernation Special10% discount and free delivery Australia wide for 6 bottles or more Website
Byronsvale Vineyard & AccommodationBendigoFree delivery Free delivery on wines ordered by phone or emailWebsite
BlackJack WinesBendigoFree freightFreight free for orders over a total value of $200. Under that value, a subsidised flat rate of $10.Website
Burnt Acre VineyardBendigoFree deliveryThroughout the Bendigo and surrounding areasWebsite
Black Wallaby WinesBendigoDrive-through cellar doorPhone ahead and pick up, or deliveries can be arrangedWebsite
Glenwillow WinesBendigo20% off online and phone ordersAll online and phone orders have a 20% discountWebsite
GilGravesBendigoSave up to 50% off a mixed dozenGilGraves Wine Mix Packs - save up to $50 off a mixed dozen! Order online or by phone. Free delivery in the Bendigo and surrounding region. $13 flat rate to any other destination.Website
Grangehill VineyardBendigoReduced price on all winesAll wines at $12.50 per bottle when ordering in dozen lots. To order phone 0457 353 838.Website
Killiecrankie WinesBendigoReduced price wines + free deliveryLock Down 6 Pack Only $120 normally $138. Free delivery to Bendigo and Castlemaine areas. Small delivery charge to other areas. Website
Mandurang Valley WinesBendigoFree deliveryMixed 6-packs and cases of all wines can be ordered through Facebook Messenger or by calling/texting them on 0417 357 688. Free delivery throughout Bendigo.Website
Sandhurst Ridge WineryBendigoFree deliveryFree delivery in the Bendigo and surrounding areas, plus sales from cellar door.Website
Sutton Grange WineryBendigo20% off retail price + free home deliveryMixed six-packs at 20% off and free home delivery within the Bendigo and surrounding regions.Website
Blue Pyrenees EstatePyreneesFree ShippingFree delivery to Victoria, NSW, ACT, QLD, SA & Tasmania customers on purchases of three bottles or more.Website
Yering StationYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesFree delivery on all Australian orders.Enjoy free delivery to your doorstep, regardless of spend. Automatically applied at checkout.Website
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Greenstone VineyardsYarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges15% off 6 & FREE delivery Australia wide15% off 6 bottles or more PLUS free shippingWebsite
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Jack Rabbit Vineyard, Leura Park Estate, Yes said the SealGeelong and Bellarine PeninsulaIt doesn't have to totally suck 'Zoom Essentials Pack'It doesn’t have to totally suck Zoom Essentials Pack Happy hour and dinner parties have gone digital. Fire up that group chat because this package was made for lockdown. You bring the party-worth menu and we'll deliver the sparkling from The Bellarine's top wineries. 3 x bottles Leura Park Sparkling Blanc de Blanc 3 x bottles Leura Park Estate Sparkling Pinot Chardonnay 3 x bottles Yes said the Seal Sparkling Blanc de Noir 3 x bottles Jack Rabbit Sparkling Blanc de Blanc FREE (contactless) DELIVERY to your door $299 Save $121Website
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Pierrepoint WinesGrampiansPierrepoint Cellar to DwellerPierrepoint Wines is situated in the heart of the Henty Wine Region, formerly known as the Far South West. We are taking the produce of our beautiful vineyard to the City during this period of isolation & offer you free delivery & personalized service for metropolitan Melbourne & most of the Western District. Order on line for straight dozen orders including our newly released 2019 Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & 2018 Sparkling Pinot Gris. For a selection of older vintages, call the cellar door on 0439 476198. Stay safe, healthy & relaxed! Andy & JenWebsite
Pierrepoint WinesGrampiansPierrepoint Cellar to DwellerPierrepoint Wines is situated in the heart of the Henty Wine Region, formerly known as the Far South West. We are taking the produce of our beautiful vineyard to the City during this period of isolation & offer you free delivery & personalized service for metropolitan Melbourne & most of the Western District. Order on line for straight dozen orders including our newly released 2019 Pinot Noir, Pinot Gris & 2018 Sparkling Pinot Gris. For a selection of older vintages, call the cellar door on 0439 476198. Stay safe, healthy & relaxed! Andy & JenWebsite
De Bortoli WinesYarra Valley & Dandenong RangesWine & Food directly to your DoorOur Yarra Valley Wine and Restaurant Quality pre-made pasta's and sauces directly to your doorWebsite
TellurianHeathcoteFree Freight - 12+ bottlesOur cellar door is closed for the time being, but our wine will come to you freight free with any order of 12 bottles Website
Kennedy VintnersHeathcoteGood Wine for Difficult TimesWe are still able to deliver our range of wines directly to your door. To keep you stocked up, we're offering 20% off all purchases via our website from today. Small businesses are relying on your support during this difficult time, so jump online and use the code 'shoplocal', and don't go without during your self isolation."Website
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Napoleone CiderYarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges20% Off RRP and Free freight on two cartonsBuy direct from the maker/grower/producer (us). 20% off retail and free shipping on two cartons.Website
Weathercraft Wine BeechworthVictoria's High-countryLockdown Survival PacksHand-picked, hand-made, quality Australian boutique wines. 15% off RRP and FREE delivery to your door Mixed, red or white packs to choose from. Head to our ‘Secret Cellar Door’...Website
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Humis VineyardHeathcoteGrenache me out of here ISO specialThe blend of Grenache and Shiraz works exceptionally well with the Shiraz adding both body and structure to the Grenache. This wine is light and bright in colour with a bouquet that has gentle aromas of strawberries, pepper and a smidge of plums. The palate is light and bright in style, uber-smooth and delightfully tasty. An absolute bunker stuffer @ $150 per dozen, hells teeth, we'll even deliver.Website
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Armstead EstateHeathcoteThe Self Isolation Six-PackThe world is a constantly changing place. To help you through these difficult times, and to help you keep your sanity, we've put together a mixed pack to keep your home cellar stocked and your spirits high. There's something for every night of the week and for every home-cooked meal.Website
Mitchelton WinesGoulburn river valley20% off and free delivery20% off all straight cases of 6 bottles, and free delivery Australia wide. Plus clearance sale stock/ Website
Heathcote WineryBendigoHQ ShirazOur HQ Shiraz is big on dark fruits, has a hint of pepper and well balanced tannin, which makes it a great drop for any day of the week. $120 a dozen.Website
Red EdgeHeathcoteRed Edge Free DeliveryFree to Delivery to Heathcote, Bendigo and Melbourne areas. Access our wines via our website www.rededgewine.com.auWebsite
Daylesford CiderDaylesford and Macedon RangesSOS Cider with $25 gift voucherMix & Match any box of cider & receive a $25 gift voucher to redeem at our cellar-door near Daylesford, VIC. Must use '25GIFT' at 'Voucher' field during checkout on our online store.Website
Narkoojee WineryGippsland15% off all wines15% off the entire range of wines until the end of April 2020, use code SAVE15 at checkout. Gift vouchers also available.Website
Sanguine EstateHeathcoteFree Freight even on single bottle purchases to selected Victorian suburbsFree freight on purchases of less than 6 bottles (even on single bottle purchases) to selected suburb clusters in Victoria. The suburbs will change so register your suburb and we'll keep you informed. OTHERWISE free freight anywhere in Victoria at any time for 6 bottles or more.Website
Hurdle Creek StillVictoria's High-countryFree Shipping Free shipping on all orders Australia wide Website
Paringa Estate Mornington PeninsulaPeninsula Pinot Noir Six Pack $155 Six Pack from Paring Estate you can't pass up!Website
Paringa Estate Mornington PeninsulaPeninsula Chardonnay Six Pack $155 Six Pack from Paring Estate you can't pass up!Website
Barfold EstateHeathcoteNew natural releases, delivered to your doorIntroducing our new Barfold Estate Skin Contact, all natural, wild ferment wines. Made like the Romans made wine...foot stomped, minimal sulphur, whole bunch ferments, no filtering, fining or refrigeration. Big juicy flavours, fabulous fragrance & the 2019 Viognier is a Pet Nat too. Also available and newly released - Barfold Estate 2016 Shiraz, 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon, 2018 Viognier, 2019 Fiano, NV Sparkling Shiraz and 2019 Sparkling Brut. All fabulous drinking. Try some today - in a mixed 6 pack, delivered to your door, for only $150. Website
Noble Red WinesHeathcoteIsolation survival10% off on 6 or more OR 15% off on 12 or more plus FREE contact-less delivery. Subscribe through our website's CONTACT US page and we'll send you the details.Website
Mitchell Harris WinesBallaratThe Lockdown six-packIt's our Mitchell Harris "Greatest Hits" collection, packaged up for your isolation period pleasure.Website
All Saints EstateVictoria's High-countryHuge range of all your favouritesFast and free delivery*Website
St Leonards VineyardVictoria's High-countryHuge range of all your favouritesFast and free delivery*Website
Mia Valley EstateHeathcoteCovid19 offerAny 6 bottles of our wine for $150 (with exception our red & white sparklings sold out at this time)Website
Jack Rabbit VineyardGeelong and Bellarine Peninsula Zoom Essentials Pack + Bellarine Wine DealsLots of great Bellarine wine deals on offer, including special mixed ISO packs. Minimum 20% discount and FREE Contactless Delivery.Website
Crittenden Estate Mornington Peninsula15% off the entire wine collection plus FREE deliveryCrittenden Estate are offering 15% off their entire wine collection, plus FREE delivery anywhere in Australia. If you’re a local on the Mornington Peninsula, delivery is next day guaranteed. Use code DELIVERMEWINE Dromana #onehourout Website
Crittenden Estate Mornington PeninsulaIso-era tasting packs - 6 for $117 or 12 for $225 + free deliverySpecial tasting packs of easy drinking wines at a very cheerful price. 6 bottles for $117 or 12 bottles at $225 of the Geppetto and Pinocchio varieties. Plus FREE delivery anywhere in Australia. Dromana #onehourout Website
Gippsland Wine CompanyGippslandWine At Home Free DeliveryOur Gift to you in times like these is Wine to your Door - free delivery to anywhere in Australia - if you order 6 or more bottles. Order a mix for those Mezze, Aperitivo or special Home Dining Occasions.Website
ATR WinesGrampiansIsolation Aussie 1212 bottles of wine from across the ATR range and a playlist of 12 Aussie classics from winemaker Adam's music collection!Website
ATR WinesGrampiansIsolation Quirky 66 quirky bottles of wine from ATR and a playlist of 6 quirky tunes from winemaker Adam's collection!Website
ATR WinesGrampiansIsolation Aussie 1212 bottles of wine from across the ATR range and a playlist of 12 Aussie favourites from Adam's music collection. Enjoy a mix of wine from his Hard Hill Road, Chockstone and Grower Series. Delivered to your door for just $345 - that's a saving of over $50!Website
ATR WinesGrampiansIsolation Quirky 66 quirky bottles of wine from ATR and a playlist of 6 quirky tunes from Adam's collection. Enjoy a mix of wine from his Hard Hill Road, Chockstone and Grower Series. Delivered to your door for just $189 - that's a saving of over $30!Website
Basalt wines Great Ocean RoadHot deals from the cool south west 15-20% off online sale Website
Harman Wines GippslandStay at home wines - 10% off orders over $150 & Free delivery Australia wide FREE DELIVERY, AUSTRALIA-WIDE 10% off orders over $150. Use code SUPPORTLOCALWebsite
Phillip Island WineryPhillip IslandFree Delivery until the end of AprilIf you live in Victoria we will ship free for the rest of April PROMO CODE- FREE2020Website
Ringer ReefVictoria's High-countryWinemaker's Favourite 66 of the winemakers favourite wines for $150Website
Ringer Reef Victoria's High-countryWine & Cheese Lovers Pack6 bottles of wine and high country accompaniments to enjoy with cheese Website
Ringer ReefVictoria's High-countryBest of the Alpine ValleysA taste of the Alpine Valleys delivered to your doorWebsite
Hanging Rock WineryDaylesford and Macedon RangesBuy 5 get 1 free, buy 10 get 2 freeFor a limited time, when you buy any five bottles of wine, we'll throw in a mystery bottle from our $25-$50 bottle range for free. Or, buy any ten bottles and we'll throw in two mystery bottles from our $25-$50 range, again absolutely free. Done! Just insert promo code MysteryWinePlease and that's our cue to include it in your case. You'll also get free delivery to metro Melbourne and within the Macedon Ranges. The offer excludes our ROCK and BlazeAid range, is not valid with any other offer or discount and applies only to purchases made via our websiteWebsite
Hanging Rock WineryDaylesford and Macedon Ranges$59 Three PackFor a limited time, grab yourself a three pack from our Regional Range for only $59. To access the offer, choose any three of NV Picnic Brut, Tarzali Tempanillo, Poppet Head Chardonnay, Rich Reef Shiraz, Tarzali Riesling, 'S' Dessert Riesling or Bendigo Sauvignon Blanc and insert promo code $59x3Pack when checking out. You'll also get free delivery to metro Melbourne and within the Macedon Ranges. Website
Bellarine EstateGeelong and Bellarine PeninsulaOnline Wine TastingStuck in isolation? Miss going to your favourite winery on the weekend? We have the solution. Invite the Bellarine Estate wine making team into your home for an online wine tasting experience. Try 5 of our Bellarine Estate premium cool climate wines in the safety and luxury of your own home, best of all no designated driver required. Don’t forget to ask your friends to join you from their own home as part of the experience.Website
Basils Farm Geelong and Bellarine PeninsulaMother's Day offer - 20% off and Free delivery. 20% off purchases of 6 or more bottles of wine and free delivery Australia wide, until 10th May 2020. (Standard offer after this period - receive 10% off 6 bottles and 15% off 12 bottles with free delivery Australia wide). Website
Mt Duneed EstateGeelong and Bellarine Peninsula20% off wine with FREE delivery in VIC20% off all wine excluding our PET (plastic bottle) range. Wine from $16 per bottle! PET wine wine reduced to $139 per dozen (full dozen only) FREE delivery in Victoria for purchases over $138 FREE pick up from our Cellar DoorWebsite
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King Valley’s Food & Wine Festival Really is a Weekend Fit for a King

Words by Marnie Bodin 
Images supplied

If you’re searching for a regal exploration of food and wine over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend (6 – 7 June), then head to the King Valley’s Weekend Fit for a King.

The annual food and wine festival celebrates everything the cool-climate wine region has to offer, from its Italian-influenced wines and fantastic local produce to local artists and family-friendly atmosphere.

With family roots in the region dating back to just after the first world war, Grace Darling, from Darling Estate, knows that the King Valley is particularly special. 

The valley has an awesome community spirit. Everyone works together to create an amazing weekend… It’s a real celebration of the food, wine and hospitality that the King Valley has to offer.

Darling Estate Wines, are celebrating the family’s 100th year in King Valley. To mark the occasion, there’ll be a few special vintages available to taste alongside the winery’s current releases. Once you’ve tried the range, grab a glass of red and a famous home-made sausage and cosy up by the fire pit. There are activities for the kids too, so everyone can sit back and relax. 

At the valley’s oldest winery, Brown Brothers, take a tour of the family cellar and taste the full range of wines, while the kids can entertain themselves with a giant chess set or on the playground. 

Architecture lovers should pay a visit to Chrismont, where, inside the award-winning building, you’ll find tastings of all Chrismont and La Zona wines, while the restaurant will offer slow-cooked Italian dishes to celebrate the season.

Dal Zotto continues the Italian-influence with pizza, pasta and prosecco all weekend long, alongside live music and kids entertainment, while King River Estate will showcase its range of traditional and alternative varietals with Italian street food providing the ideal accompaniment.

The exceptional combination of Italian fare, a wide range of tastings, live music and fun for the kids is also available at Pizzini, Sam Miranda and Politini wineries. 

At La Cantina indulge in family recipes, including Nonna’s lasagne, before browsing the market stalls to find local produce, handmade goods and coffee. You’ll also want to enjoy tastings of wines made in a traditional Tuscan manner, with no added preservatives, all while you’re serenaded by live music. 

If you prefer an amber brew, King River Brewing is also worth a visit. The full range of craft and seasonal beers will be available to purchase but it’s hard to go past a tasting paddle on the day. 

It’s not all food and wine though – the King Valley Art Show also takes place this weekend, showcasing works from artists near and far.

If you’re worried about the June weather, Grace Darling thinks it won’t be a problem. “The weekend is somehow always blessed with good weather, even though it’s the middle of winter”. 

Your $25 festival ticket includes access to participating wineries, free tastings, festival menus, entertainment, and either a Spiegelau tasting glass (drinkers) or reusable water bottle(non-drinkers) to take home. Kids play free. 

#getbacktohighcountry


THE DETAILS

WHAT: Weekend Fit for a King
WHERE: Participating Wineries and Venues. King Valley (view the full list)
WHEN: 6-7 June
MORE INFORMATION: winesofthekingvalley.com.au

Sedona Estate

The Yea Valley is a wine region you might not have heard of. Technically it’s “Upper Goulburn”, but that really doesn’t adequately encompass the uniqueness of the Yea Valley.  It’s just a short drive on from the Yarra Valley, though some of the most stunningly beautiful high country in Victoria. Sedona Estate sits perched on a hillside overlooking the rolling hills of the Yea Valley, where Paul Evans and Sonja Herges have built a winery, cellar door, and a livelihood crafting wines to write home about.

Paul has an impressive resume (Chandon, Oakridge), but that’s not what’s important here. You’ll get lost in the moment, the gorgeous surrounds, and the impeccable wines. Yes, there’s a shout to his past  experience with some stunning sparkling wines, but he’s so passionate about what their piece of dirt is capable of producing that you’ll soon get lost too in the heady peppery cool climate reds produced from this estate. The Sangiovese was a highlight, weighted like a coastal pinot noir, but packing flavour like a cabernet. Sangi has to be the next up-and-coming thing in red wines. It will be if it keeps showing up and winning awards like the Sedona version. It’s just so drinkable.

It’s time to raise a Toast to the Coast

Words by Penny Cordner 
Images supplied

There’s no better way to celebrate Geelong’s award-winning wine regions than raising a glass (or two) at the highly anticipated Toast to the Coast!

If you haven’t heard the news, this year’s two-day festival is set to be bigger than ever.

On Saturday 2nd November, cellar doors in the Bellarine and Moorabool wine regions will welcome you with live music, wine tastings and good vibes. And then, in a festival first, on Sunday (3rd November) 19 winemakers will showcase their finest drops at The Pier for the ultimate one-stop wine-tasting party.

Now in its 18th year, the beloved Toast to the Coast has well and truly earned its reputation as one of the region’s biggest events of the season. Only one hour from Melbourne, this outstanding yet under-the-radar wine destination should be on every wine lover’s list.

For those who want to enjoy the best elements of the festival without having to travel, the new Sunday format at the iconic Pier is for you. Spend your day sampling wines from all three regions under the one roof, with plenty of delicious food and smooth tune from live jazz bands.

If you are planning to visit the cellar doors themselves, a Saturday ticket will cover tastings of new wine releases and rare vintages at all of the participating wineries.

In the Moorabool Valley, you can visit seven different wineries, including Lethbridge Wines, Clyde Park and Austins & Co. While on the Bellarine Peninsula you can stop in at Oakdene Vineyard, Bellarine Estate, Basils Farm, Scotchman’s Hill and Leura Park Estate, to name a few.

Each cellar door will provide their own unique experience of music and entertainment, so the only real downside is deciding which wineries to visit.

To make things more enjoyable (and ultimately a lot easier) you can purchase tickets for the shuttle bus which offer hop-on-hop-off style all day long so you can easily travel from one venue to the next.

If you’re heading to the Bellarine Peninsula there is no better place to start than Basils Farm. This winery has one of the most breathtaking views across Swan Bay, and with plenty of space to enjoy tunes from local musician Anthony “ Della” Dellamarta and his band, you won’t want to leave.

In addition to a selection of wine and refreshing cocktails, you’ll be able to enjoy craft beers and tapas-style food using fresh ingredients from their own garden and other local suppliers. These tasty dishes will be served from their very own Basils Garden Bar – a converted 1970’s Viscount caravan, made lovingly by the in-house team.

If you can’t choose which drink to start with, Kim Dema, General Manager at Basils farm recommends their rose.

”It’s perfect for the springtime weather, made predominately from local Pinot Noir and it goes well with our fresh, seasonal spring/summer menu. It also makes a smashing Basils version of sangria, which you can taste at Toast to the Coast,” she says.

As this is the sixth time Basils Farm has been part of the event, Kim says that over the years they have noticed an increase in the number of visitors as well as their openness to trying new wine varieties. She also thinks the change to this year’s format means there truly is something for everyone.

“Saturday offers a fun, festival-type experience – great for relaxing and enjoying this beautiful region and then the Sunday is perfect for those that prefer to stay in one location and maximise their tasting experience.”

The launch of the ferry service from Docklands to Portarlington also means the region is more accessible than ever, with many first-time visitors to the area surprised by the beauty of the Bellarine.

“There is a lot of natural beauty with birdlife and protected wetlands around Swan Bay. There is also a good mix of old and new, with small boutique cellar doors where you can talk to the winemaker as well as modern wineries offering state of the art facilities,” says Kim.


THE DETAILS
WHAT: Toast to the Coast
WHERE: Geelong wine regions
WHEN: 10am-5pm on Saturday 2nd November at the wineries
11am-2pm OR 3-6pm on Sunday 3rd November at the Pier in Geelong
MORE INFORMATION: https://toasttothecoast.com.au/

Longleat Wines

About 30 minutes south of Shepparton (on the way home to Melbourne!), is the modest and unassuming little cellar door of Longleat Wines at Murchison – a short detour that’s worth the effort.

This is a true family run winery and cellar door. Guido brings his passion for making wines designed to share and enjoy (especially with food), while Sandra draws from her passion for cheese to keep the cellar door well stocked.

Guido’s Italian heritage is evident in the styles of wine that he makes, and words like ‘generous, flavourful and food-friendly’ spring to mind. In fact, all conversations with Guido and Sandra quickly turn to the food that will best complement the wines.

It’s a lovely, intimate experience chatting, eating, and drinking with people who genuinely love what they do. Guido brings his heritage to the fore in wines like Garganega and Sangiovese, both textural and interesting in a white and red wine respectively.

The deck cafe is lovely for a glass of vino, a coffee and a platter, but they also do lunches – which are a generous feasting occasion and definitely require a booking.

Nillumbik Estate

Between Eltham and the Yarra Valley floor, there’s a gateway of roads winding through rugged bush country called Christmas Hills, Smiths Gully, and Kangaroo Ground. You could be forgiven for thinking that there’s nothing here but uncompromising rocky soil, scrubby tree cover, and kangaroos.

Pay attention, though, and you’ll spot a little sign that offers wine, pizza and views.  At the end of a typical country driveway, you’ll find a modest but stylish building, almost right on top of a vineyard, overlooking a close valley that opens out into the view beyond.

Nillumbik winery has been on this site for two and a half decades. It’s a family business, with the friendly owner John making the kinds of wine he loves to drink – those best enjoyed with food. The restaurant is a tucked-away secret, renowned for its pizzas. With that view and a bottle of John’s wine, you’ll lose an afternoon here just taking it all in. It’s a simple recipe for success, really: make pizza, make wine, serve it on a deck that overlooks the garden and beyond. Not much to argue with there.

Medhurst Wines

Just off the Maroondah Highway, tucked up against the Warramate Hills, sits the winery, restaurant and cellar door of Medhurst Wines. The long driveway winds up the hill, past the red shed on the dam, past significant sculptures perched elegantly on the lawn, to the architecturally designed building which overlooks the picturesque close view. This part of the experience alone is worth the trip.

Medurst is the ‘retirement project’ (if you could call such hard work retirement) of ex Southcorp CEO Ross Wilson and his wife Robyn. It’s a family business, executed in a thoroughly professional manner. Every detail on the property is carefully considered: from the wave of the vast front glass on the cellar door, to the way a winery of considerable size is perfectly nestled into the hillside.

Speaking of detail, winemaker Simon Steele is all about the details. The Yarra Valley Pinot Noir is a fine expression of the fruit; bright cherry balanced with weight and complex spice notes.  The Rosé, a perennial fave and often on the ‘Pink List’ at the Healesville Hotel, is dry, savoury and so so drinkable.

With the newly renovated kitchen and dining area comes a new chef. Robin Sutcliffe brings his quiet, uncompromising passion for doing simple things right to Medhurst. The pickles, which provide a delicate acidic balance on platters and other dishes, are all made by him in-house. Simple dishes like arancini are elevated with his deft touch. Grazing food, dishes of deliciousness, and damn fine wines mean that a long slow lunch under the shade, overlooking the vines, makes so much sense.

Central Gippsland Wine Trail

Words Jess Gadd
Images Supplied

Gippsland constitutes a huge part of Victoria, starting just outside Melbourne and stretching all the way to the NSW border. At its heart is Central Gippsland, cradled by the mountainous Great Dividing Range and its lower-lying cousin, the Strzelecki Ranges, and by the Bass Strait. It’s a geographic combination that results in an often complex set of climatic conditions for the local wineries: some areas are ideal for growing shiraz, pinot noir and cabernet sauvignon, while in other areas chardonnay shines – though of course a number of other varieties grow well here, too.

This means that – no matter what variety you like – you’ll find a winery in this region that fits the bill! Plus there’s the added bonus that Central Gippsland’s proximity to the ocean, and its flourishing dairy industry, deliver big time when it comes to perfect wine accompaniments like locally sourced seafood and cheese.

Here’s our guide to some of Central Gippsland’s top wineries, with tips for a few delightful detours along the way.

Toms Cap 
#twohoursout

If you’re after scenery that takes your breath away, you can’t go past Toms Cap. This venue has it all: vineyard, cellar door, restaurant, function centre and accommodation. The views, function centre and accommodation are especially popular for weddings, private functions and getaways, but Toms Cap is a much-loved locals secret, too – one that’s worth a drive for the range and quality of food and wine (not to mention the warm hospitality).

It’s surrounded by the Strzelecki Ranges, and not far from one of Victoria’s only cool temperate rainforests, the Tarra Bulga National Park. A walk here is a top choice for a hot day – better than air conditioning! Or, if having a beach to yourself sounds heavenly, you can usually find a solitary spot on the nearby Ninety Mile Beach.

Details:
The cellar door is open Thursday to Monday, 10am to 4pm; the restaurant is open for lunch Friday to Sunday (or by prior arrangement).
322 Lays Rd, Willung South

Traralgon Vineyard
#twohoursout

Wines grown on site at Traralgon Vineyard include chardonnay, cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, merlot, sauvignon blanc and moscato. Enjoy them over a meal in the on-site restaurant, or you can buy a bottle to take home (note that tastings are paid, and by appointment only). A popular local wedding and function venue, offering occasional live entertainment, it books out quickly so the hosts recommend you book ahead to avoid disappointment!

Details:
Open for lunch Saturday to Sunday 12pm to 2pm, and dinner Saturday 6pm until late. Bookings essential.
140 Burnets Road Traralgon

Narkoojee
#twohoursout

Narkoojee’s father-and-son team, Harry and Axel Friend, produces cool climate shiraz, pinot noir, merlot, cabernet and chardonnay that the critics rave about. Narkoojee is rated as a five-star winery in the James Halliday Wine Companion, and a tasting will quickly show you why: these wines are sophisticated, graceful and walk the perfect line between complexity and balance. Some of the varieties, such as the pinot noir and merlot, are only small vintages, and sell out quickly.

Details:
Cellar door is open from 10.30am to 4.30pm daily most of the year; the restaurant opens Thursday to Sunday for lunch, as well as Saturday and some Fridays for dinner – check ahead for times.
220 Francis Road, Glengarry

Glenmaggie Wines
#twoandahalfhoursout

Named for its proximity to man-made Lake Glenmaggie, the water source for central Gippsland’s 130,000-acre Macalister Irrigation District, Glenmaggie Wines is definitely a family affair. You’ll sense this the moment you set foot in the cellar door, because – in that country way – there’s always time for a yarn, and the family are happy to share the story behind the winery and vintage.

Founders Fleur and Tony will explain that Glenmaggie Wines are a product of their climate – the long, slow ripening time resulting in fruit with a lower sugar content and well-developed flavour. The wines are lauded for their ability to complement, rather than overpower, food; and they are well awarded at wine shows.

Nearby Lake Glenmaggie is well worth a visit, too – particularly in times of high rainfall, when the sight of gum trees submerged in water will be a hit with the kids (and possibly the grown-ups, too!).

Details:
Open Sunday and public holidays 11am to 4pm (or by appointment).
439 McLachlands Rd, Tinamba West

Blue Gables Winery
#twoandahalfhoursout

Named for the story-book blue-roofed home nestled on the hillside among the vines, Blue Gables Winery launched its first vintage with a bang in 2009. It has continued to win awards year-on-year for all four of its varieties: sauvignon blanc, chardonnay, pinot gris and shiraz.

The wines are made by industry stalwarts Mal Stewart and Alastair Butt, and offered at a cellar door featuring a killer view over the green pastures of the Macalister Irrigation District. The cellar door also serves wood-fired pizzas, antipasto platters, and cheese platters featuring local, award-winning Maffra Cheese Company. There’s often live entertainment, too, and in colder weather you can warm your toes before a roaring fire.

Blue Gables, as well as some of the other local wineries, like Glenmaggie Wines and Avon Ridge Vineyard, is located close to the popular Gippsland Plains Rail Trail.

Details:
Open public holidays, Friday to Saturday 11am to 9pm (bookings essential), and Sunday 11am to 5pm.
100 Lanigan Road, Maffra West Upper

Avon Ridge Vineyard
#twoandahalfhoursout

Drop by Avon Ridge on a Sunday and you might catch the Sunday Sippers afternoon, featuring live music and lunch and drink specials. You might be able to score a little home-grown produce at the Produce Swap table. You’ll certainly be able to enjoy some award-winning wines, and breakfast or lunch with a menu that celebrates the diversity and quality of local produce. You will also certainly have a chance to bask in the beautiful views of the Avon River Valley (with or without a wine in hand, that’s up to you!).

Grapes grown here include cabernet sauvignon, pinot noir, sauvignon blanc and chardonnay. The fruit is deep with varietal flavour and elegance, courtesy of the cool local climate. As a bonus, Avon Ridge makes a range of ciders, too!  

Open Wednesday to Sunday, but do check ahead before visiting, because the winery sometimes closes for functions and weddings.

Details:
Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunday
446 Maffra – Stratford Road, Maffra

Mt Moornapa
#threehoursout

Mt Moornapa is well off the beaten track, tucked away in artsy Briagolong. The winery itself is a unique building – it’s tall: an attempt to retain lower temperatures during the hotter months. There are plenty of other design features aimed at reducing energy consumption, too – for example, the vats are elevated to reduce energy use during production periods. Even the vines were planted with energy efficiency and reduced water-consumption in mind.

At the cellar door varieties on offer include chardonnay, traminer, pinot noir, riesling and merlot: all grown on site. There’s also a picnic area with barbecue facilities that visitors are welcome to enjoy.

Details:
Open weekends and public holidays, 10am to 4pm.
741 Briagolong Stockdale Rd, Stockdale

Tinamba Hotel
#twoandahalfhoursout

If you have a lust for local produce, the Tinamba Hotel will deliver: with honey from one of the owner’s family farm, herbs and veggies grown on site, and local producers and winemakers featuring prominently on the menu. You can choose from the relaxed atmosphere of the public bar, or a more refined dining experience in the restaurant – the same kitchen supplies both, and the food is outstanding. This picturesque, romantic venue even scored a mention in The Good Food Guide (2018).

The town of Tinamba celebrates the region’s bounty with a popular annual food and wine festival (April). And while we’re talking diary dates, the annual Marlay Point Overnight Yacht Race (March) makes quite a spectacle as it departs from Lake Wellington just outside the nearby township of Sale. It’s well worth timing your visit to coincide with either – or both – of these events.

Details:
Open for lunch Wednesday to Sunda and dinner Wednesday to Saturday
4-6 Tinamba Seaton Rd, Tinamba

 

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