Shortest Lunch – Winery Profile – Billanook Estate – by Denise McCann
D’Aloisio Family, Owners of Billanook Estate
A well known family in the Yarra Valley
As we mentioned when we profiled Seville Hill, the D’Aloisio family have been involved in the agricultural heritage of the Yarra Valley since the late 1960’s. In 1994 the family planted the first vines on their 36 hectare property, known as Yarraland. Their reds include Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Merlot and Pinot Noir as well as the white varietals, Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc. In 2011 they added the Italian varieties, Barbera, Sangiovese, Nebbiolo and Tempranillo.
The vineyard is located at the gateway to the Yarra Valley just beyond Chirnside Park on one of the most prime positions commanding spectacular views.
Henry knows the Yarra Valley like the back of his hand and is constantly striving to produce premium fruit of the highest quality for not only their Billanook Estate wines but for the loyal group of wineries their grapes are sold to.
Family members oversee the whole process from harvest to the wine in bottle. Henry manages the entire vineyard while brother, John, does the winemaking. Henry and John’s father, Carmine, is still involved in working and tending to the vines. At 90 years of age, Carmine still likes to drive the tractor in the early hours of the morning, checking on the vines to make sure they are behaving themselves – like any good self respecting patriarch of the family! And on Festival weekends such as the Shortest Lunch there are lots of family members on hand to help out. So you’re sure to hear some amazing stories.
A recent addition to the landscape at Billanook Estate is Anna & Tony Psaila’s cooking school named “Al Dente Cooking”. Anna & Tony affectionately specialise in homemade Italian cooking classes held every weekend at Billanook Estate Cellar Door. Guests are treated to exceptional views, fabulous tutelage on homemade Italian cooking, and a lunch from what you cook, all washed down with fantastic Billanook Estate wines. Not to mention that Tony’s coffee is among the best in Yarra Valley!
Anna has created and will be cooking the menu for the Shortest Lunch so you can be sure to have some fantastic authentic Italian cooking while enjoying some of the best Billanook Estate wines.
Shortest Lunch Menu at Billanook Estate
Boneless chicken thighs wrapped with prosciutto and sage, cooked with Billanook Estate Chardonnay in a butter and garlic sauce
served with rosemary smashed roasted potatoes and rocket salad
Nonna’s recipe of soft homemade ricotta Gnocchi pan seared and tossed with your choice of a traditional Napoli pomodoro sauce
with fresh basil or a Picante Gorgonzola cream sauce
Limoncello infused tiramisu
280 Edward Road
Chirnside Park, Victoria 3116
Phone: 0422 280 975
Cellar Door Opening Hours
10.00 to 5.00pm
Saturday, Sunday & some public holidays
Other days by appointment.
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June, 2016
10am – 5pm