Shortest Lunch – Winery Profile – Boat O’Craigo – by Denise McCann
Founded by Margaret & Steve Graham,
Boat O’Craigo is a tight-knit family business spanning two generations
Boat O’Craigo was established in the late 1990s when Steve and Margaret Graham purchased an idyllic 30-acre property in Kangaroo Ground on which they planted their first vines. A second established vineyard site was purchased in Healesville in 2004 some 35km east of Kangaroo Ground.
Now boasting over 50 acres of vines, spanning across the two sites, Boat O’Craigo produces outstanding, estate grown wines. The Black Spur range of white wines come from the high altitude vineyard at Healesville, whilst the reds are grown within the rich volcanic soils of Kangaroo Ground.
The winery’s distinctive name echoes that given to a farm in the town of Craigo in Scotland, where the Graham’s ancestors settled alongside the docking point for the ferry that crossed the North Esk River located about 60 kms south west of Aberdeen. The Boat O’Craigo name and tradition have drifted across the seas to settle in Victoria’s renowned Yarra Valley.
Steve and Margaret Graham’s children, Travers and Courtenay, were brought up in the family business and are now enthusiastically engaged in the running of the family business.
As an entrepreneur with a successful track record of running his own consulting business, Travers is the National Sales Manager responsible for the growth and development of the wine business while Courtenay, armed with a Graphic Design degree, is responsible for the innovative design, packaging and corporate image of Boat O’Craigo.
The depth and breadth of Boat O’Craigo’s consulting viticulture and winemaking team has more than 60 years of collective experience.
The family works very closely with the team to ensure the style of each wine reflects not only the natural characteristics of the vineyards, but also the brand.
Rob Dolan is the senior contract winemaker and has been a Yarra Valley winemaker for over 20 years and is recognised as one of the great characters of the wine industry.
Peter Payten is the consulting Viticulturist and has been involved in the industry for 28 years; with 20 of those years in the Yarra Valley. Completing the team, Mark Nikolich complements Rob Dolan and has over 15 years winemaking experience. So the winemaking is in excellent hands at Boat O’Craigo.
The Healesville Cellar Door and Kitchen has enormous floor to ceiling windows and an outside deck that takes in the vineyard and rolling hills beyond. It is open Saturdays and Sundays for wine tastings and light lunches, perfect for sharing with friends and family alike.
It is the Graham family’s labour of love that keeps the Boat O’Craigo wine flowing.
Shortest Lunch Menu at Boat O’Craigo
Yarra Valley Pasta “Pop Up”
Ravioli Filled With Roasted Sweet Potato, King Valley Chestnut & Winter Kale
Served With A Herbed Butter, Grana Padano, Golden Raisins & Greens
Ribbons Of Free-Range Egg Tagliatelle With Slow Cooked Lamb,
Mount Zero Olive & Rosemary Ragu
Special Children’s Pasta Menu
Handmade Italian Cannoli & Specialty Sweets
Chum Creek Coffee and Teas
Live Music with local Ben Mitchell
458 Maroondah Hwy
Healesville VIC 3777
P: 03 5962 6899
Cellar Door Hours
Friday: 10.30am – 9pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays: 10.30am – 5.30pm
Friday Dinner 6pm – 8pm
Sat, Sun & Public Holidays Lunch 12pm – 3.30pm
Saturday 18th & Sunday 19th June, 2016
10am – 5pm