"We want to show people just how approachable these Italian varietal wines are!

Many people come to the Yarra Valley for the Pinot Noir or the Chardonnay, but our passion at Soumah Wines is to show people just how incredible this region is for many other varietals as well.  Our passion is for Northern Italian varieties with focus on our Nebbiolo, Brachetto, Pinot Grigio and Savarro (Savagnin), and our newest plantings of Marzemino. We are located on the Warramate foothills of the Yarra Valley where our terroir is similar to the Trentino-Alto Adige area of Northern Italy. The short, hot summers here make for ideal growing conditions and Nebbiolo, in particular, loves a foggy Yarra Valley morning.

I grew up on Pinot Noir 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, highlighting the seasonal qualities of the region.

At Soumah Wines, we also import a select few interesting varietals from the Italian regions of Piedmont, Trentino and Alto Adige from smaller growers like ourselves.  We’ve planted the same varieties here so it’s a point of interest for people who come to our Masterclasses to compare the varietals from Italy with what we are growing and making here.  We also have Marzemino, Teroldego, Lagrein and Nascetta along with a Prosecco and Amarone, wines that are all native to the regions from where they come.

There are so many types of wine to try at Soumah Wines in the Yarra Valley and we’re dedicated to expanding people’s repertoire! The names of these varietals don’t take long to become familiar!

During Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao we will be encouraging people to taste the new wines of the Yarra Valley – to expand their knowledge of these traditional Italian varieties. These wines are made for memorable occasions and our Italian themed event will be a feast for the senses."

TJ Holmes, Cellar Door and Trattoria Manager