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.
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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.
Reading aloud in Italian brings the language to life. Italian Family Storytime will be a chance ot listen to familiar stories told in Italian.
Explore a few of the many hidden gems this region has to offer, with a closer look at Yarra Valley cellar doors with a difference!
Vegetarians, look away now - the time-honoured tradition of the Sunday roast is alive and well in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges. What started in England centuries ago as a meal after church has stood the test of time and is now enjoyed by families around the world. Local eateries are jumping on board with sumptuous spreads perfect for lazy, long lunches.
High tea in the Yarra Valley and Dandenong Ranges – it’s the ultimate in food indulgence.
The Yarra Valley is a haven of beautiful destination choices just one hour’s drive east of Melbourne. All of this made even better by visiting mid-week. Find out our top reasons why the Yarra Valley is better mid-week.
Yarra Valley Gumboot Season; more fun than you can poke a stick at.
The School Holidays are upon us and whether you’re looking for the perfect activity for young explorers, crafty culture kids or outdoorsy youngsters we’ve got you covered.
Yering Gorge Cottages provides a stunning natural setting where bushland intersects with the Yarra River against the backdrop of the Christmas Hills and Dividing Ranges.