In 1998, my partner said to me ‘Let’s just put in a little vineyard’. Paul was working in the industry and I’d grown up in a wine region in Germany, so we were genetically predisposed to this life. When we first moved to what we called Sedona Estate, we were putting our roots down. We’re just across the Great Dividing Range, so our wine growing conditions are a little different to other regions. We are inland, higher in altitude, and on a hillside with lovely extended sunshine. Perfect conditions for the classic Italian varietal Sangiovese. Paul bought home some cuttings from Yarra Yering in the boot of his car. We planted a couple of acres in 2001 and later attracted some attention in the James Halliday Wine Awards. A good Sangiovese goes with everything – it’s the perfect accompaniment to Italian food.
I first tried pasta at a local Italian restaurant in my hometown in Germany when I was seven years old, and I thought it was the best thing ever! I just love pasta with all its carbohydrate goodness – it’s so different from typical German dishes, which emphasise the potato, meat and vegetables.
I love the Italian way of eating. I enjoy the banquet-style feasting and sharing platters of food around. Meals are stretched out over time, a social event where the focus is on fun and friendship. What’s not to love?
Our Great Italian Feast will showcase the versatility of Italian food and wine. We will be celebrating our 20th anniversary, together with the release of our 2017 vintage with a feast of locally grown, locally sourced and handmade delicacies. Antipasti, primo, secondo and dolce – our chef Lyn has created a four-course menu of classic Italian grazing dishes that we all call our favourites – antipasto, tortellini, Osso Buco, homemade bread and locally pressed olive oil, tiramisu, panna cotta – just to name a few. It’s going to be delicious.
We’ll have three long tables set up in our barrel room and the doors wide open to create an al fresco feel so people can enjoy the view, and live music from the beautiful folk-indie singer, Amie, which will have people moving around in between courses. I also have a little surprise for some lucky guests but that’s all I’m saying about that. Come along to Sedona Estate with your friends and family and graze like an Italian.
Sonja Herges, Sedona Estate