Italians have lived and worked in the Yarra Valley since the pioneer days and significantly were part of the district’s early wine industry and made up a large part of the workforce on the construction of the Silvan Dam, as well as running farms and businesses that contributed much to the area’s pre-WW2 agricultural industry.
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We love cycling with a ‘leisurely sense of adventure’. I think that’s the best way to describe a Vine Tour. Our tours are laid back and full of opportunities for rest stops in picturesque locations. We make many stops so people can capture that awesome (instagrammable) photo.
Part of the magic and wonder of coming to a music festival is to listen to bands you may not have heard of before. We’re asking people to bring their sense of adventure!
Our Ciao Yarra Valley Ciao celebration brings together a fabulous pizza, a great wine and an Italian movie of your choice at The Memo in Healesville. Or take home a trilogy of Italian wines - Moscato, Arneis and Prosecco. Three great Italian experiences in one – a trilogy of Italy!
You can taste the passion of the cheesemaker in the cheese. It’s a craft that is honoured and kept alive by small producers who focus on traditional methods and high quality ingredients.
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.
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.
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.
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’.
Reading aloud in Italian brings the language to life. Italian Family Storytime will be a chance ot listen to familiar stories told in Italian.