Sunday 2 December, Yarra Valley Estate will be hosting their inaugural ECO Bride Market Day to cater for brides wanting to celebrate their marriage without the stress of huge event costs, all while trying to minimise the impact on the environment.
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There are so many traditions that we have kept alive because they work best. This year we’re excited to be starting a new tradition – the ‘Sagra della Fragole’, our Festival of the Strawberry, which is a wonderful way for us to share the abundance of our harvest.
I first tried pasta at a local Italian restaurant in my hometown in Germany when I seven years old, and I thought it was the best thing ever!
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
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.
A sense of generosity and hospitality is part of the Italian way and an integral part of the Yarra Valley. Italian heritage is in our produce, our wines and in our major tourism offerings. We will have one of Australia’s most highly regarded pasta makers Joel Valvasori-Pereza make a special guest appearance at Oakridge for our ‘Lulu La Delizia’ dinner.
My grandparents on both side of my family are Italian so I grew up with the Italian customs and way of life. The De Bortoli family comes from the Veneto region of northern Italy, north-west of Venice, at the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. In Veneto, there is much love for gnocchi and risottos washed down with the local wine.
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.
My passion is to see people enjoy pasta with a smile on their face. Simplicity and abundance are words I use often when I talk about ways to eat fresh pasta. I believe the pasta should be the hero. Simple accompaniments like a quality olive oil, fresh herbs from the garden, a grating of good parmesan. Let the ingredients speak.
I just love seeing the 'a-ha!' moment when people realise how achievable vegan Italian really is.