Yarra Valley’s Shortest Lunch 2019 Guide
A gastronomical adventure awaits you.
In celebration of the shortest weekend of the year, the Yarra Valley’s family-owned wineries, which are the backbone for this wine region, will be participating in Smaller Wineries Shortest Lunch – a celebration of locally made wine, delectable food and meticulous estates.
From Saturday 22 to Sunday 23 June, 14 of Yarra Valley’s boutique, family-owned wineries will be celebrating the winter equinox by serving a feast for guests. These lunches will comprise of entrées seamlessly matched with wines from the respective creators.
We here at Hunter and Bligh have created a guide to the Yarra Valley’s 2019 Shortest Lunch:
Found less than an hour away from Melbourne’s CBD, Badgers Brook Wines was established in 1993. This year, the family-owned vineyard will be serving up a delicious range of bites including a New Orleans buttermilk chicken burger, spiced chickpea and cauliflower fritter and a Yarra Valley berry compote tucked into a brandy snap taco. All of this deliciousness is accompanied by live music and, of course, your choice of wine. Badger’s Brook is home to Storm Ridge Wines and upon your visit, why not try their 2012 Cabernet Merlot.
Situated on a 36 hectare property central in the Yarra Valley’s centre, Billanook Estate, also known as Yarraland, serves up quality, meticulous and prime wines that are produced in the region. The family vineyard and cellar door creates traditional Italian food from their Al Dente Kitchen restaurant. Menu standouts include their slow-cooked beef Osso Bucco served on parmesan polenta or their ricotta gnocchi with Napoli or piccante gorgonzola cream sauce. Finish with fried fluffy ricotta and lemon Zeppole Italian doughnuts.
Welcome to a second generation, single boutique vineyard that’s known for producing some of Australia’s finest hand-crafted wines. Found in Victoria’s Healesville, stretched across 50 acres of wine across two sites, Boat O’Craigo will be serving up delicious bites this Shortest Lunch. Expect traditional and vegan paella options, delectable churros with chocolate sauce for dessert and antipasto to enjoy alongside the live music available all weekend.
Found in Seville, there’s no doubt that Elmswood Estate produces a range of tasteful, hand-crafted wines from Victoria’s renowned Yarra Valley wine region. This boutique winery features a cellar door with spectacular views and a range of creative experiences including flower crown workshops, high tea and art jamming. This year for Shortest Lunch, Elmswood Estate will be serving up prawn pan-fried dumplings, vegetarian quesadilla and New York style cheesecake, all accompanied by live jazz music.
Opening its doors as a winery almost 85 years ago, today, Kellybrook Winery is one of Yarra Valley’s most appreciated wineries. This oasis, a matriarch to the surrounding wine country, was granted the first vigneron license of the area. Today, they still produce some of the most extensive, award-winning, premium, quality wines. Come this year’s Shortest Lunch, why not try their 14-hour aged beef brisket with smoky tomato chimichurri served with couscous and spinach salad. Finish with their cheese or charcuterie board.
Specialising in small batch wines, Payne’s Rise carefully selects their fruit from their Seville-based vineyard. With initial plantings dating back to 1999, today, Payne’s Rise creates a selection of cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, pinot noir, chardonnay and sauvignon blanc. As part of their Shortest Lunch celebrations, pair your glass of Payne’s Rise with their spicy pumpkin and sage ravioli with charred capsicum, Yarra Valley Persian fetta and herb salad. There’ll also be live music, lawn games as well as intimate indoor and outdoor seating with fires.
Established in 1991, Seville Hill winery has since been producing wines as one of the most respected properties in Seville and the Yarra Valley. Home to the rich red volcanic soil, the estate features an elevated and cooler climate – enabling Seville Hill wines to create their charismatic taste for their fruit driven red wines, whites, dessert and sparkling wines. Upon your visit, be sure to try their slow roasted, free-range pork belly that’s served with potato mash, caramelized apple, roasted fennel and Nebbiolo jus.
Steels Gate Wines
Perched on a picturesque hillside at Dixons Creek, Steels Gate Wines is one of the areas most renowned cellar doors and restaurants. Using their two hand-crafted boutique vineyards as their backdrop, Steels Gate, since its first planting in 1970, have used the surrounding National Park as inspiration for their production – cared for by hand, wild and free. Why not pair their kerala coconut chicken curry with rice with Steels Gate 2018 pinot noir?
Described as bold, distinctive and authentic, Tokar Estate can be found tucked away in Victoria’s Coldstream. Born in 1995, the family-run business began by chance. Originally purchased as a weekend escape and hobby farm the family was introduced to winemaking. By 1999, Tokar Estate had 30 acres of vineyards. Today, their cabernet sauvignon, shiraz, chardonnay and pinot noir are some of the most respected in the region. This Shortest Lunch, they’ll be serving up a range of miniature bites including mushroom truffle ragu gnocchi.
Yering Farm Wines
Originally home to Yeringa Vineyards which were established in the 1800’s, today, Yering Farm Wines has 30 acres under vine and produces approximately 650 litres of wine per tonne of fruit. Their wine is handpicked, handcrafted, mountain derived and dense in flavour and charisma. As a highlight for Yarra Valley’s Shortest Lunch, Yering Farm will be serving everything from homemade hot apple pies with fresh cream and antipasto platters to coffee, tea and milkshakes, alongside live music.
When: Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 June, 10am – 5pm
Where: around Yarra Valley
For more information: Smaller Wineries Yarra Valley