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Meet the Pasta Master

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.

Wine as a way of life

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.

Pizza for the people (with wine, of course)

pizza, Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao, Rockford Wines, Margherita

A glass of Rochford Pinot Noir with a Margherita pizza – that’s my preference. The two make perfect companions. The simplicity of the combination is the reason why it’s so good. A quality cheese, fresh basil, the wine. It’s what Italian food is all about.

The simple pleasure of pasta

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.

Five Sunday roasts to keep you warm this winter

Winter Roasts, Blog Image

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.

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