When it comes to food and wine matching, restaurants in Australia’s wine regions really deliver, particularly in Victoria. With Ultimate Winery Experiences Australia it’s easy for foodies as they combine wine credentials with fine dining degustation experiences. Check out the following recommendations. These wineries are all family-owned and located within easy driving distance from Melbourne and they all offer amazing restaurant experiences that bring local food to the fore!
Estate to Plate, Montalto, Mornington Peninsula, Victoria
When you book Montalto’s Estate to Plate experience you’ll be immersed in a philosophy that underpins everything they do at this flagship winery on Victoria’s Mornington Peninsula. Your private four-hour journey begins with a personal tour of some of the oldest and largest kitchen gardens in Victoria followed by a bespoke wine tasting that explores the Mornington Peninsula’s world-famous cool climate vineyards.
Food and Wine Adventure, Brown Brothers, King Valley, Victoria
Discover Brown Brothers rich history as pioneers of winemaking in Victoria on their Food and Wine Adventure. With four generations of wine making experience the Brown family are producing some of Australia’s most innovative wine from their King Valley Winery in the stunning Victorian high country. Hear the stories with a guide by your side, join the chefs in the kitchen garden and help forage for produce to include in your exclusively designed lunch menu, perfectly matched to Brown Brothers wine and served to you by the Chef in the acclaimed Brown Brothers Restaurant.
The Andre Experience, Dominique Portet, Yarra Valley, Victoria
In Australia, we like to think there’s a little bit of Bordeaux in our own backyard and in the Yarra Valley’s Dominique Portet, this maxim is best brought to life during The Andre experience. You’ll be joined by one of Dominique Portet’s experienced wine educators to share in the legacy of ten generations of winemaking and enjoy a tutored wine tasting in the André room, perched above the working winery. You’ll then make your way to the Bistro where the head chef draws on Bordeaux roots to create a three-course menu of French family classics with matched wines. If you’re looking for something extra special, you can choose to upgrade your wine tasting to the ‘museum wine match’ which includes beautifully aged Portet classics from the family cellar.
Unique deBortoli Experience, deBortoli, Yarra Valley, Victoria
The European connection in the Yarra Valley continues with the Unique deBortoli Experience. In this exclusive behind the scenes tour you’ll hear the De Bortoli family story and understand the determination that started nearly 90 years ago in war-torn Europe and see how their achievements unfold four generations later touring the vineyard and winery and then over lunch at Locale. This winery restaurant reflects the De Bortoli family’s Italian heritage in name and nature and offers Italian-inspired dishes that celebrate the abundance of local and seasonal produce available.
How to win a case of Yarra Valley wine
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