Open Cellars of Nillumbik
Open Cellars in 2013 will be held on the third weekend in October
Come and experience something different!
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Just 40 minutes from the centre of Melbourne -
Visit Cellars not always open and taste wines not always on offer!
Come and meet the winemakers of 12 boutique wineries and share their passion for the exceptional quality wines they produce in this special part of the Yarra Valley. The weekend is an excuse for winemakers to make available some limited releases and offer some special prices or events they don’t do for the rest of the year!
Enjoy a rare insight into their unique wine styles that are hand picked & hand pruned by family & friends in the traditional style. You'll have the chance to sample exquisite wines from boutique Nillumbik wineries whose doors are not always open to the public. You'll also find excellent food to complement the wine as well as exhibitions and live music at some venues. As an added attraction this year you can also meet the 'wine dogs' of Nillumbik.
The cellar doors vary from contemporary design to buildings constructed from local stone and mud. Exhibits from local artists, including pottery, photography, paintings and textiles, are on display at many Open Cellars to offer you a truly memorable visit.
Open hours: 11am - 5pm
No entry charge or tasting fee
Telephone 1300 660 072 for more information
Stay tuned for updated information on this event closer to the date.
What's happening this weekend at Open Cellars
1. Diamond Valley Vineyards
Come and taste award winning wines from Diamond Valley Vineyards at the licensed Pizza Cafe, "A Boy Named Sue", "Corner of Kangaroo Ground-St Andrews Road and Heidelberg-Kinglake Road, St Andrews," immediately next door to the St Andrews Hotel.
2. Hildebrand Ridge Vineyard
Try our Thai-style Ginger Chicken Curry or a Savoury Filled Vegetarian Roti with traditional Sri Lankan flavours of cumin, lemongrass, fenugreek and peppercorn. Locally Made Lemon Slice or Rhubarb and Apple Pie with cream or ice-cream.
Enjoy while sipping our organic wines. Live music both days; Kevin Walton on Saturday. Samuel McClelland on Sunday. Art display from Dunmoochin artists Mirranda Burton and Nerina Lascelles.
3. Kings of Kangaroo Ground
A meet the maker experience along with the sounds of heritage valve radios.
This is a true working winery where the winemaking equipment is on display whilst you sample our fine wines.
4. Lovegrove Winery
Enjoy Middle Eastern & Mediterranean flavours at Lovegroves with a menu of Chicken Tagine with Green Olives, Preserved Lemon, Dates & Pearl Couscous $15 Spanakopita with Tzatziki and Greek Salad $12 and Baklava $6 all wine matched. Live music by Shiraz Bintang.
5. Nillumbik Estate
Meet winemaker John Tregambe at Watson’s Creek Cafe & Antiques. Enjoy award-winning wines from a boutique winery that uses age old wine making techniques from central Italy. Try a fantastic new range of Yarra Valley & regional products such as jams, chutneys, biscuits and nougats.
6. Panton Hill Vineyard & Winery
Sample delicious wines, red, white, dry, sweet, sparkling and fortified in magnificent Tuscan style buildings. Warm fire inside if it’s cold, beautiful Mediterranean courtyard outside, overlooking vineyard, bush and winery if it’s sunny. Try our delectable duck cannelloni with a creamy cheese and sage sauce or special spinach, mint & cheese pie, both served with side salad. Sweet tooths catered for as well. Enjoy the mellow music of solo guitarist, Samuel McClelland on Saturday.
Be entranced by the exhibition and sale of vibrant ceramics by Mary-Lou Pittard on both days.
7. Redbox Vineyard
Light delicious food, espresso coffee, cheese platters, Devonshire teas, plus loaded baked potatoes and superb wines - there’s something for everyone at Redbox Cellar door in a casual, relaxed and welcoming atmosphere.
8. Shaws Road
Taste our stunning range of wines and a delicious meal of lamb cutlets or gourmet burgers served with French fries and salad. Start or finish with a freshly baked Apteds Apple Slice and cream, all set amongst picturesque views.
9. Swipers Gully
Enjoy a range of the finest wines in the Yarra Valley, exclusively made on site only from grapes grown in our own vineyard.
Be tempted by a full a la carte menu of brunch, snacks appetisers or a full lunch tastefully prepared by our Executive Chef, Patrick Murphy.
10. Watson’s Creek Wines
Come along and try three variations of winemaking style from the one parcel of 2011 Shiraz fruit. A peppery American oak version can be compared with a spicy, French oak matured wine. These two traditional styles can then be compared with a wild fermented batch that has had minimal oak contact.
Each wine has the same heritage, but demonstrates significant variations due to the different winemaking processes used. These wines have been released especially for the Open Cellars weekend. In addition, Forest Lodge Extra Virgin Olive Oil from the olive grove next door to us in Kangaroo Ground, will be available for tasting and sale.
11. Wedgetail Estate
Come and enjoy cheese platters, gourmet cake and exceptional wine at Wedgetail Estate.
12. Yarrambat Estate Winery
Come and taste our full range of wines whilst enjoying gourmet wood fired pizzas, antipasto and cheese platters or our home made scones with vineyard grown jam.
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