Melba Highway is home to our Alternative Taste Trail but on the weekend of 10th & 11th November it's the artists that we'll be seeking out as the final weekend of Open Studios Yarra Valley takes place
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What I remember about my time travelling in Italy is how friendly people are. You are treated like a brother or sister by everyone. That hospitality is part of the way of life, and it’s something we really bring to Graceburn as well – a cosy space, a rustic bar that feels like home.
Luca named his restaurant DiVino because it means two things – ‘divine’ and ‘in wine’. “I love the idea of being ‘in the wine’ it says so much about savouring the good things in life. We are lucky we can eat well, drink, well, and enjoy life! That’s all that matters.
Spring has sprung, and it’s time to say goodbye to winter soups and stews and hello to lighter fare. The humble salad - once a chef’s after-thought – now takes centre stage on Yarra Valley menus, with ingredients from pickled cabbage, to smashed avo, eggs and five-spice pork. Check out six of the best on offer as the weather heats up.
Looking for something to do or somewhere to eat in the Yarra Valley over Christmas and New Year? Here's a list of what's open!
Have you ever tasted cheese so fresh, so creamy, so deliziosa that you can’t find the words to fully describe the experience? We are at Oscars on the Yarra in Warburton to learn how to make four popular Italian soft cheeses – the versatile ricotta, the sweet and creamy mascarpone, a heavenly mozzarella and the rare and luxurious ‘burrata’.
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.
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.
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.