Some of the best things in life come in small packages!
Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries are celebrating the virtue of smaller things with the Shortest Lunch over the shortest weekend of the year on Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 June, with small tastes, bites and sips of the region’s best boutique wines.
Wine and food lovers can celebrate this year’s winter solstice as they progress from one winery to another sampling a series of small serves, without the hustle and bustle of other wine festivals.
Fifteen Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries will open their winery gates, cellar doors and sheds, pouring their wine to visitors over the weekend who purchase a Shortest Lunch souvenir glass available at all participating wineries for just $15.
Seville Hill owner and winemaker, John D’Aloisio says the Shortest Lunch is a great way to meet the people behind the wines and explore some of the lesser-known winery pockets of the Yarra Valley.
“The Shortest Lunch is a family-friendly and relaxed festival, giving people the opportunity to access some of the region’s best wines directly from the makers,” says John.
“We’re now into the seventeenth year of this festival and we have worked hard to keep a highly-personal and casual atmosphere to the Shortest Lunch, giving wine lovers the chance to get up close to our working wineries and to understand the passion behind what we do.”
Shortest Lunch wineries include established names like Seville Estate, Millers Dixons Creek, Yering Farm, Steels Creek Estate, Whispering Hills and Five Oaks Wines as well as some newer Yarra Valley wineries, like Warramunda, Payne’s Rise, Brumfield Winery and Boat O’Craigo.
Menu items include tasty treats such as, Nonna’s pan seared soft homemade ricotta gnocchi at Billanook Estate, slow braised five spiced beef brisket at Elmswood Estate, Calabrian style risotto at Killara Estate and old-school bread and butter pudding at Wild Cattle Creek.
“All the wineries participating in the Shortest Lunch work together to offer something different at each venue, allowing people to plan their day from appetiser to dessert and encouraging people to experience three to four wineries each day,” says John.
Festival-goers can plan their day by accessing the menu and map of participating wineries in the festival brochure available at tourist information centres, hotels, B&Bs and wineries or on the website, www.yarravalleysmallerwineries.com.au
Make the most of the shortest weekend by staying overnight in the Yarra Valley and enjoying the festival over both days.
Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries donate nett sales from Shortest Lunch entry fees to the local Country Fire Association and encourage safe driving and responsible drinking over the festival weekend.
Stretch your legs with Dusty at the Shortest Lunch Festival Yarra Valley
Yarra Valley Smaller Wineries Shortest Lunch
- Saturday, 18 and Sunday, 19 June 2016, 10am to 5pm.
- Entry $15 per person and includes souvenir glass, payable at any participating winery.
- Small, entrée sized meals are available at each winery up to the value of $18.
- All nett proceeds from entry fees go to the Country Fire Association.