Any time is a good time for gelato

Italians love to eat gelato any time of the day, but it is particularly popular at 4pm in the afternoon as a‘pick me up’ to get them through to dinnertime. Italians also love gelato any time of the year. It’s not just a summer treat but enjoyed regardless of the season.

VIVERE LENTAMENTE – LIVING SLOWLY THE TUSCAN WAY

We adore the slow lifestyle that is the Italian way. There is always time for sharing with others, for connecting and being part of village life. The rhythms of the seasons are celebrated in what feels like an endless series of festivals.

Fatto a Mano con Amore - Handmade with love

My passion for Italian cheese started many years ago when I was travelling around Northern Italy in my campervan. I couldn’t believe the bite and complexity of the pecorino, and the way parmesan matured over time. The way Italians serve cheese is so appealing.

Draughthorse and Yesteryear Festival

Looking for a family-friendly experience in the Yarra Valley that the whole family can enjoy? Step back into time at Mont De Lancey and experience the Draught Horse and Yesteryear Festival 2018.

Warburton Highway - Open Studios

Creative inspiration flows in the Warburton Valley – just ask one of the artists in Open Studios (October 27 and 28) when fourteen artists open their studio doors and invite you into their working space and inner worlds.

Where Italians love to eat

We have been taken to heart by the local Italian community and regularly host large family events. People of Italian heritage, and those who simply love the flavours and feel of Italian culture, all find their ‘home’ here.

Versa il vino – Pour the wine!

I grew up on Pinot and have always appreciated its qualities – and I also love the Nebbiolo we are making here, which is a wonderful traditional wine with silky tannins. Italian wines tend to have a savoury quality to them and work so well with food. Perfect for the Italian way of eating – wholesome and rustic, and a highlight of the seasonal qualities of the region

Wine tales are a connection to home

My family history is told through wine. My parents had a mountain top vineyard in Abruzzo in the 1930s and established a vineyard in Hallam in the 1950s. Some of my rootstocks have come from vineyards in Italy belonging to my family and on a recent trip we managed to find the original farmhouse and property. There’s a great story from that trip.

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