Summer 2017

After a very long and cold winter and spring we are at long last experiencing some nice warm weather. Summer has really arrived and with it some hot and humid weather. It is the time of the year when the vineyard manager and the spray unit get a really good work out. The vineyard is looking really good with full or promice for a great vintage.  At this point in time, early January, the berries are the size and colour of  green peas, but that wil slowly change. The white grapes will become translucent and the red grapes turning a beautiful dark red colour.

Our workforce continue to be cosmopolitan. The  Chinese backpacker is still with us, but not for very much longer. In addition, we now have a young Australian girl working in the kitchen and restaurant.  We are looking for some more backpackers to help out with vintage. Hopefully there will be a few around.









Paul Phelan, our chef, is doing great things in the kitchen. His philosophy is to source as much of the food as possible from small, local producers. Most of the meat is from Little Creek Cattle Company, a mixed farming enterprise established in 1962 in Seville, Yarra Valley. The meat is guaranteed hormone and antibiotic free. The ducks are true free range , paddock reared strawberry. plum, apple and fig fed Pekin ducks from Great Ocean Ducks, a farm near Port Campbell and the Great Ocean Road.

We look forward to seeing you in the restaurant and at the cellar door on your next visit to the Yarra Valley.