People, places, stories – we bring the Yarra Valley to life for you with blogs that capture the heart of this remarkable destination. Find Your Self in the history of an award-winning winery, inspired by a recipe featuring local produce or learning the secret locations that offer the best views or the foodie experience that you will never forget.

Get the inside word on where to get the best coffee, find fabulous day itineraries, immersive cultural experiences, and perfect getaway accommodation. Live like a local and wander through nature at your pace jump on a cycling track or maybe for you it's a drive through the majestic forest trees. It’s all here.

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A day of whey - making Italian soft cheeses by hand

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’.

Cycle tours with a leisurely sense of adventure

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.

La terra promessa - The promised land of the Yarra Valley

Italian history, yarra valley, promised land

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.

The food they know and love

We’ve a high regard for food that is accessible, that people can truly understand and love. In a sense, it’s a ‘less is more’ philosophy where the food gets to speak for itself. We take the approach that harmony can be achieved with just a few ingredients that all shine.

The great Italian trilogy – pizza, wine and movie

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!

Six spring salads that will leave you salivating

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.

Eat Well, Drink Well, Enjoy Life

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.

Piacere! It's our pleasure

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.

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